first of all, please excuse whatever mistakes I’m going to mistreat your language with, I’m from Germany and therefore not a native speaker of English.
I am planning to go on a four week roadtrip through the South West this summer (first such trip for me ever). I’v already – with the kind help of countless posts on this forum – worked out a first route.
But now I’m wondering if I will have to book my lodging (mostly motels I hope) in advance or if I will be able to just find some places to stay the night while on the road. I always imagined it a part of this kind of trip to have a certain amount of freedom and to be able to say „Well, I like it very much here, maybe I will stay 1-2 days longer“.
But then how likely will it be to always be able to find accommodation, especially during the summer around the busy national parks? Maybe a mixture of booking in advance and just rolling along would be wisest?
My route as I imagine it (I won’t deny a strong similarity to a certain trip which has been intensivly discussed on this very forum for some time now ;-) ):
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Junction / Colorado National Monument
Moab / Arches National Park / Canyonlands National Park
Grand Canyon (north rim)
Badwater (Death Valley)
Yosemite National Park