New to the community here. Been planning a road trip for a few months now and as the departure gets closer and closer I'm beginning to wonder if my plans are over ambitious. Looking to get some advice and/or suggestions! Just want to pre-face that I know it's an awful lot of driving and that I'll only be at the parks for a pretty quick glimpse and won't get to fully experience them. And yes, this will be my first time on a solo road trip. Fairly rough itinerary, and am hoping to not really drive more than 5/6 hours a day once I get out to South Dakota. Anyway...
Day 1-3: Leave home (NYC area) and arrive in Badlands NP in the evening of day 3.
4: Badlands NP > Mt. Rushmore, then make my way torwards Grand Tetons
5: Grand Tetons > Yellow Stone
6: Yellow > Beartooth Highway and make my way up towards Glacier NP
7-10: Little fuzzy here, but make my way over into the Portland area of Oregon to visit family, and progress down the Pacific Coast highway towards San Francisco
11: Start heading towards Yosemite at some point in the day
12: Yosemite and make way towards Death Valley NP
13: Death Valley > Zion NP
14: Zion > Bryce > Arches NP
15: Arches > Canyonlands > Colorado National Monument
16: Colorado driving
17: Colorado driving and at some point begin to head back home taking i-70 to St. Louis, and then switching off to US 50 the rest of the way
~19: Back home
Rough route is about 8k miles. Plan on doing a lot of the scenic drives and tours of the parks.
Thoughts? How crazy am I? Feel like I'm trying to fit the second half of the trip into too small of a time frame (especially all that Utah has to offer). Debating trimming the trip down a bit and saving some places for future trips. I'm not particularly worried about being alone all this time, don't mind it. Though I've never driven this much in such a time frame, I feel as if it shouldn't be that bad, since it'll be a lot of scenic routes and completely new terroritory to me.