I've been reading through these forums for the past couple weeks and found multiple of the same trips that I am trying to take. Unfortunately, most all have been in a different season or multiple years ago, so I have not found as much use out of them as I had hoped.
I am leaving thursday morning to Los Angeles from Chicago, and want to get to LA on the 25/26th. I would prefer not to show up later, but a day or two wouldn't be the worst thing to happen. I'm leaving with my girlfriend so we can split up driving. My first destination I am planning on hitting is Colorado, specifically I want to go to Steamboat Springs (unless somebody has a better suggestion??). What would the best place to stop from Chicago to Colorado be? It's about an 18 hour drive, and 12 hours would be the MAX we want to drive on the first day. Of course I'm looking for something safe as well as possibly interesting.
From Colorado, I would like to head to Utah, either Bryce Canyon National Park or Zion National park; Or both!! I'm not sure how long the drive would be, but I may need to stop somewhere to spend the night as well. Any Suggestions?! From there I plan on going to the Grand Canyon...and finally LA. I have never driven further than 4 hours from home so I have no idea where I will have to stop in between Utah/Arizona to rest. Maybe there are some cool spots along the way to sight see??
Honestly I haven't even built a route to how I am getting to Colorado let alone any of the other states, so any bit of advice/routes would help a ton! I am moving out west so I want to make the trip worthwhile :)
Thanks so much, and I love the idea behind this forum. Who knows....this trip may be just the beginning to many more...