So me and my gf are taking a road trip and I've read a bunch of threads etc. Just trying to fine tune our plan. I'll be driving to Denver and meet my GF who is flying in, this gives us an extra week, since she only gets 2 weeks. She'll fly in at night and head right to hotel and we'll crash. We also are on a schedule so as much as we hate it will have to bypass some great stuff, but we'll have a jeep wrangler so the drive is half the trip, also a NPS Pass and plan on camping maybe half the time. this was originally a 'california vacation' but hard to drive past all that good stuff in Utah.
Day 1 Denver - from here we'd like to check out the Royal Gorge Bridge on the way to Mesa Verde. Not sure we'll fully make it but shooting for Durango or Cortez that night. I'm thinking stopping before the San Juans Skyway so we can drive it early in the Morning, good or bad idea?
Day 2 Mesa Verde - I figure a few hours to get there, 4-5 for it then we head to Moab.
Day 3 Moab I know 2 days is not enough but it's all we have so Delicate Arch.
Day 4 Moab Island in the Sky
Day 5 Drive through Four Corners/Monument Park towards Zion
Day 6 Zion Narrows (probably camping between St George and Mesquite)
Day 7 head to San Diego, maybe stay in Joshua Tree.
Day 8 San Diego
Day 9 originally i wanted to go to Yosemite but this is a bad time of year unfortunately. If we don't come up with anything we can just take the highway north and get to SF early.
Day 10 FREE DAY
Day 11 San Fran Just need to get here for a Hotel Res, can make it in afternoon if need be.
Day 12+ This is a drive down the coast, and I have plenty of info on that so set.
That's the outline. How reasonable does it seem? Days 9, 10 and 11 are buffer days so far, and time to get to SF but that can take a day, so we should have a day and a half to adjust if you think I'm too pressed. Like I said we have a jeep and will be enjoying the ride not trying to get anywhere to fast, but we usually will be moving in some form during the day. Nights will prefer to setup camp before dark but will be staying in hotels when we need.
We have NPS pass and will be utilizing as much Free camping as possible too, but not going too deep.
Thanks in advance.