In the Mid to Late February, My Girlfriend and I need to Drive From Southeast Minnesota to Palm Springs CA. I will leave about 6pm on a Thursday, and Want to arrive with enough time for relaxation and fun in CA before having to leave for my return trip on the following Wednesday.
I figure if I do a 7 hour day, then two 12 hour days, I should arrive late saturday night, giving me 3 1/2 days vacation in the desert. I'm willing to extend the road trip up to 1 day for stops along the way. We are in our late 20's, so we still have a bit of energy for these long days.
I have two questions
1) Where do you suggest be the "Must Stop" places along the way? Either Hotels to stay at, or sites to see.
2) Once in Palm Springs area, what day trips do you suggest?
Attached is a link to my planned route. I chose the longer southern route because driving through Colorado in February does not seem like a good idea, and the 2 hour difference will probably be made up in road conditions.
I have marked stops along the way to give ideas for rest and stretching every 3-4 hours, but if you suggest a change, let me know.
Feel free to open the link, modify the route, and post the link to the new google map you suggest.
Note: I am also a GeoCacher, so I good geo stop might be fun!