We're still in the planning stages, but it looks like my boyfriend and I may have ten days in early October for a road trip from our home near Denver, CO to visit relatives in Sonoma, CA. We plan to spend 2-3 days in Sonoma but want to spend the rest of the time exploring near there and/or between here and there... We both love the outdoor/natural world but are a bit out of shape and not looking for adventure trips -- shorter, easy hikes are about our speed. We enjoy photography so interesting and unusual photo ops are high on our list. I'm a history buff (ghost towns, old West, etc.) and we both love animals/wildlife (including wild horse herds). Budget wise -- we're probably looking at economy level accommodations but might spend a little more for the right place. Less crowds are better. We're definitely in the brainstorming and are pretty clueless on what routes we want to take at this point. We're considering driving up the coast north of San Fran but don't have any specifics in mind (or how far north) yet. Another idea is a stop in the Moab, UT area/Arches National Park. I'm interested in visiting Best Friends Animal Sanctuary near Kanab, UT but that might be too far south for this trip. We're looking for ideas on the best routes/loops between Denver and Sonoma as well as any ideas about sites that might interest us (and for that matter, what to avoid) -- any suggestions, comments, warnings? :)
Thanks for your help!