I was lookin for some advice on a roadtrip I'm planning for next spring or summer. I'm looking to do a few days of fishing in Minnesota and will be driving from Lodi, CA (which is just south of Sacramento). On the way to Minnesota I'm planning to take a very direct route and try to make it in 2 days. There is gonna be at least 2 people, possibly a third to break up driving duties. The way back we are gonna go way off the beaten path and try to see as many sites as we can.
Here is how I have this:
Sat: Leaving lodi, Ca at 3 am and sleeping in Cheyenne, WY
Sun: The next morning I have us leaving Cheyenne and arriving in Minneapolis via Des Moines, IA that night.
Thurs: Leave Onamia, MN go to Fargo, ND. From there I want to see Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, ND.
Not sure how much time I should spend at this park. At this point I have us leaving Medora that day and sleeping in Rapid City, SD.
Fri: Want to visit Mount Rushmore and Badlands NP
Sat:drive to denver (is Rocky Mountain NP woth checkin out?) Do fishing along I-70
Sunday: fish along I-70, stay in Grand Junction
Monday: Leave Grand Junction early and go back to Lodi via Highway 50
I might try to add 1-2 more days on to this. I'd also like to check out Great Basin National Park on the way home.
Just need to know how long I should allow myself to visit each of the parks -- TR, Badlands, Rushmore, Rocky Mountain, Great Basin. Also is there anything I'm missing along these routes? And can this trip be done at this pace? Seems kind of breakneck.