My daughter (21) and I are making a quick road-trip from Monterey to Denver, via a "one day river trip" at Grand Canyon West. We only have 4.5 days and one will be spent on the river.
My present outline of an itinerary includes:
Sunday: drive from Monterey to somewhere west of Sequoia National Forest.
Monday : drive through Sequoia National Forest via Mountain Highway 99, picnicking along the way, diner in Kernville, then a long evening drive to somewhere just short of Peach Springs, AZ (Grand Canyon West). This might be unreasonable, of course. It's so hard to tell.
(Option B: Leave Saturday Night after dinner, drive down to the King City Area, late check in... take out time through Sequoia area on Sunday, staying over in Kernville area, then drive toward Peach Springs on Monday.)
Either way, the plan is to day over somewhere on Route 66, be at the rafting meet-up by 7:30 am on Tuesday, raft all day till 7 PM, then get in the car and drive a couple of hours towards/past Flagstaff, AZ and stay over. I'd like to make it as far as Tuba City on Tuesday night, late check-in. This too, may be unreasonable, but, it's a goal.
Wednesday we have several route choices... several possibilities of thing to see/do along the way, with a goal of staying over somewhere like Durango, CO, or Telluride, CO. We're looking for advice about how best to spend out time... through the Hopi & Navajo reservation, Mesas areas, toward Durango... or swing a bit north to Monument Valley then cross over to Telluride. We realize most of our time will be driving, so we need help here.
Thursday morning we need to hit the road early and make it from Telluride/Durango to Telluride by 2 pm.
So, hit me with it... the realities, any surprises, insights... alternate ideas.
I have not make any reservations (not even for the rafting) yet so other than start to end timetable, we are still flexible.