Hi everyone! My partner and I are moving from Chicago to LA and are thinking of driving our car (our belongings will be transported separately).
This is the itinerary that I've come up with for late-July:
Day 1: Drive Chicago -> Omaha, NE (474 mi, 7 hrs, 30 min)
Day 2: Drive Omaha, NE -> Boulder, CO (554 mi, 7 hrs, 45 min)
Day 3: Tour Boulder, Denver (staying with friends)
Day 4: Drive Boulder, CO -> Arches Natl Park (373 mi, 5 hrs, 50 min)
Day 5: Tour Arches National Park
Day 6: Arches National Park -> Capitol Reef National Park (165 mi, 3 hrs, 3 min)
Day 7: Drive Capitol Reef National Park -> Zion National Park (173 mi, 4 hrs)
Day 8: Drive Zion National Park -> Las Vegas, NV (167 mi, 3 hrs)
Day 9: Drive to LA (278 mi, 4 hrs, 15 min)
I have been very eager to see the Utah National Parks and the circumstances are convenient, since we need to get the car to LA anyway. My big worry, however, is that given we are driving in late-July, that it will be too hot for us to enjoy it. We will have air-conditioning in our car, but we would really like to do some hikes in the area (highs are supposed to be in the low 100s).
Does this trip sound doable/enjoyable? Are there any other natural landmarks that we should not miss?