I will be driving from Jacksonville, FL to Portland, OR at the beginning of Sept. I am going to give myself 7 days to get out there and have figured that traveling about 600-650 miles a day would get me there in 5 (about 3000 miles). Hereís the deal: I need to be out there within a week (this trip is the way for me to get my car to Portland along with myself), but I want to sightsee the Rockies and westward (FL to CO is all bizness!). I am a 25 yr old female who will be all by her lonesome.
I am thinking about several routes:
North to Memphis, TN. West on I-40 to Las Vegas, NM. North on I-25 to Denver.
North to St. Louis through TN and KY and West on 70 into Denver through Kansas.
I donít think I want to take I-80 West.
This is the point where I really want to soak it in and take my time. Iím a FL girl and have traveled both coasts and Southern Utah, NM and AZ, but I still have never crossed the Rockies. I want to see tall mountains, deep canyons, red rocks and green trees. Where is the best place to do this scenery-wise? I was thinking highway 34 from Denver through Rocky Mountain National Park and back down to I-70, stopping at Arches and then north to Salt Lake City and onward to Portland. How scenic is this? Is 34 a rough road? Are there better routes that may be more scenic through the Rockies? Iím looking for 2-lane highways but not extreme backcountry mountain roads (donít wanna fall off the mountains LOL!) Also, has anyone ever traveled I-70 into CO through Kansas? Iíve heard it can be a lot of flat driving through Kansas, but that may be the same going through OK and TX. Any thoughts?
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!!