We plan on doing a circular road trip in the west of US in Summer-09. So far we have blueprinted some itinenaries and listed some places we'd like to see. However, we would like to welcome all you experienced road trippers to throw in ideas, comments and "must-see spots" that are relatively close to our route. Furthermore, we would appreciate it if you have some suggestions for possible alternative routes.
At the moment our journey will start from San Francisco. From SF, we'll head east and visit the Yosemite National Park. After that we make our way to Colorado by taking roads "6" and "50" (via Tonopah (NV), Ely (NV), Delta (UT), and Salina(UT)). From there we plan on taking an interstate 70 that will ultimately take us to Denver. After spending a couple of days in Denver we have planned on taking the road 285 south - that would lead us to Santa Fe, NM. On our way we hope to catch better views than by taking the Interstate 25 south.
From Santa Fe we'll make our way to Las Vegas on interstate 40 - on our way we plan on stopping in Albuquerque (NM), Flagstaff (AZ) and Grand Canyon (AZ). After becoming millionaires in Vegas (Yeah right! ;) ) we continue our trip towards the west coast and LA. We do not have that much ambitions about the LA - One whole day might do the trick for us. At this point, we just want to get a short glimpse of Hollywood and Beverly hills. What we want is to continue up north and check out the coastal line by taking the reputable coastal highway. On the coastal area we make our way back to SF to complete "our full loop".
We are renting a car from SF and by making a loop-shaped trip we will avoid paying any transfer fees or such. The trip will take place in July and we have about 24 days for the long drive. On our way we would like to discover some beautiful scenery, couple of well-known cities as well as some "typical, smaller-sized towns".
Please - Feel free to comment and suggest - your views and info is well appreciated! :)