I'll be moving back to Chicago in about 1 week from today, from San Diego. I don't have a super-tight deadline, but should make the trip in no more than probably 5 or 6 days (4-5 nights probably). That being said, I really want to be able to "take my time with a purpose" and enjoy the scenery and what the trip has to offer. I want to go the northern route (Utah and Colorado via 70/80), but so far the only planned night stop I have is in Denver... I would love to see the Grand Canyon, Zion, etc. I haven't done a great deal of research as to what good natural things there are to see/do on this route yet, but I know from word of mouth that both Utah and Colorado are beautiful and have a lot to offer. Camping is a potential option as well. I would appreciate any advice on any of the following:
- Where are other good, logical places to stopover for the night?
- What are some "must-sees" that I shouldn't miss? (both in terms of nature and cities)?
Again, this doesn't have to be a perfectly executed trip in terms of practicality/convenience, but I don't want to go too far out of my way either.
Any help or wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!