I am new to this forum - just discovered it today, and have been reading topics like crazy. I am a Norwegian, born and bred in Norway, and still living in Norway, but my big passion is road trips throughout the USA, especially the western part.
I will be going on another road trip, my 12th so far, this September, where I will land in Las Vegas on September 13th, and go back out of Las Vegas on October 9th. Have booked two nights in Vegas before hitting the road. The plan is to see more of California, as well as southern Utah and northern Arizona.
The schedule will be something like this - normally I do not plan the route as much as I have done this time, but my mother will be going with me, and she always likes to know there will be a motel room waiting for her at night... I personally prefer the freedom of as few bookings and as little planning as possible.
Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, Sacramento, Reno (3 nights), San Francisco, Big Sur, Bakersfield, Los Angeles (2 nights), Joshua Tree, Quartzsite, Lake Havasu, Grand Canyon, the Navajo/Hopi Reservations (particularly Monument Valley), Durango (2 nights), Moab (Arches, Canyonlands; 3 nights), Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, back to Vegas.
Though I am pretty familiar with the area, having been to many of the places before, I am still interested in suggestions from other road trippers as to hidden gems and other things in these areas. When I say I am pretty familiar with the area, that means I am aware of the big stuff, like the tourist traps and such (which I try to avoid), and National Parks (which I do not try to avoid), but there are always a lot of more unknown stuff out there that I am always on the lookout for...
Any suggestions welcome!
I am looking forward to some quality time spent on this forum; I have already gotten many ideas for future road trips just from reading what few posts I have read today!