I've been lurking around here for awhile and thought it was about time to register.
We're planning to go on a roadtrip in the very near future, leaving from Bloomington IN for Scottsdale AZ. We'll be leaving on Wednesday evening and hope to arrive in Scottsdale sometime during the day Saturday. We're visiting some family out there so we'll have accommodations once we arrive.
At the moment, we have two routes to get out there, so please give your thoughts on them, or a better alternative one.
IN to AZ #1: i70 to i57 (south around st.louis) down to memphis, i40 memphis -> little rock -> Oklahoma city -> amarillo -> tucumcari -> Albuquerque -> Winslow (AZ) -> Flagstalf, i17 Flagstalf -> Phoenix
IN to AZ #2: i70 to i44 Bloomington -> St.Louis -> Springfield (MO) -> Tulsa -> Oklahoma City, i40 -> Amarillo -> Tucumcari -> Albuquerque -> Flagstalf, i17 -> Phoenix
Basically, after Oklahoma city it's the same route. Through the OK, TX, NM, Upper AZ part we'd like to take some small detours on old route 66 and see some of the sights along there.
On the way back, we'll likely be leaving from San Diego as we'll be there with some family for the last couple days of the trip. We'd be leaving there on Sunday afternoon and hopefully aiming for a late Wednesday/early Thursday arrival at home.
Our current plan is to head NE from San Diego to Death Valley then up throw West Wendover NV and over to Salt Lake City, then N through Idaho Falls and a drive through Yellowstone, E from there to Rapid City (Rushmore), E to Sioux Falls, SE to Des Moines -> Peoria -> Indianapolis.
In summary, on the way out we'd visit either St.Louis or Memphis/Little Rock, then head through TX and NM jumping from the interstate to route 66 in places until we hit Flagstalf, then heading for Phoenix.
On the way back we'd leave San Diego and make a northern loop through Death Valley, Salt Lake, Yellowstone, Rushmore, and then home.
We're looking at making a day trip of the Las Vegas/GC run from Phoenix one day we're out there, so that's excluded from the trip home because of that.
Is this too ambitious? What are your thoughts?
Thanks in advance and I look forward to your responses.