I'm moving cross-country from Los Angeles to Vermont and making a stop in Cincinnati to visit family during the first week or so of August.
I've driven i-40 several times, so I'm planning on doing i-70 as one of my last western adventures for a bit, as i may not get back out to do this for a while.
I'd like to see several National Parks and some great scenic views in Utah and Colorado. I'm tentatively thinking of seeing Zion or Bryce on the first day and then continuing the second day to see Arches or Canyonlands. I'm hoping driving i-70 through Colorado will provide great views of the mountains, but any suggestions for quick detours off the beaten path would be appreciated.
Unfortunately I don't have enough time to do justice to some of the sights, but it would be fun to even do a very short hike or car tour on park roads to get a taste :) I am torn between Zion and Bryce- it appears that Bryce might have more breathtaking scenery, but it is off of i-70 a bit. Is it possible to take a day to get from LA to Zion or Bryce to view one or the other in the afternoon, continuing on to stay in Salina? Then the next day drive to view Arches or Canyonlands and continue through Colorado hopefully stopping in Burlington, CO? I'm not sure how long it will take to drive the mountains of Colorado, so maybe i'm overestimating.
Any advice would be much appreciated!