Help! We're from the UK and starting to finalise a 3 month road trip from San Francisco to Orlando. I've pretty much mapped out the main route (allowing for the odd detour of whatever takes our fancy) but have got stuck when looking around Arizona, Utah and Colorado. We had planned to visit the Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, the Hopi Mesas, Canyon De Chelly, cut back across to Monument Valley (John Wayne fan you see) and then from there up to Arches National Park before following the US50 across Colorado.
Thing is, I've now also seen the website for the Mesa Verde National park and read some reviews of Hovenweep, not to mention the 4 corners.
So, the big question now is what best to see - we can always return the States in the future so it's not vital to see everything in one trip, and I know I cannot fit all of these in - we'll hit this area right at the end of September and need to be in Orlando mid-November, so I was aiming to try to get into Kansas around the middle of October.
I'd be grateful for any views on the not to miss stuff if you have any.