What a great website this is! Currently planning my second road trip in the USA. The last trip was from San Fran to Yosemite, to Death Valley, to Vegas, to Bryce, to Grand Canyon, to LA and back to San Fran. This time the trip is over about 2.5 weeks and runs from San Francisco to Denver. I've got an itinerary but would be keen to get your thoughts on the timings and where you think I might have any problems?
I'm conscious I'm squeezing a lot in, but think that for the most part the driving isn't too ridiculous. I'd love to spend more time seeing Zion up close (I visited Bryce last time) than just a 1/2 day or so, but figure I can always come back again and spend more time there!! The only thing I can't decide on for sure is whether to bother with Death Valley on the way to Vegas. It's a bit of a detour and in June time is likely to be incredibly hot... but figured it would be good to see again (aim to get there for evening/sundown - have a beer, watch the sunet, see the stars) before heading on to Vegas...
Anyway, look forward to any comments people have. Thanks.
Timeline below. Google maps directions here: http://tinyurl.com/roadtriptime
Day 1 - San Francisco
Day 2 - San Francisco
Day 3 - San Francisco
Day 4 - Drive to Carmel (PCH)
Day 5 - Drive to Santa Barbara (PCH)
Day 6 - Drive to LA
Day 7 - LA
Day 8 - Drive to Las Vegas (via Death Valley for sunset and some stargazing) late arrival into Vegas
Day 9 - Las Vegas
Day 10 - Drive to Zion, and onward to Kanab
Day 11 - Drive to Grand Canyon
Day 12 - Drive to Blanding (via Page, Monument Valley, Goosenecks, etc.)
Day 13 - Drive to Moab (with detours to scenic lookouts: Needles, etc.)
Day 14 - Moab
Day 15 - Drive to Idaho Springs
Day 16 - Mount Evans and then Rocky Mountain National Park to Boulder
Day 17 - Boulder
Day 18 - Back to Denver airport for flight home.
Day 19 - Arrive back in the UK (and begin planning road trip #3 / emigration!)