Hello, I am a 19 year old art student planning on doing a trip from Maryland to the Rockies and the Southwest sometime early in the summer of '06. I'm not particularly interested in the Midwest, so I'm thinking about this itinerary:
Glacier - Yellowstone - overnight in Salt Lake - Bryce or Zion - Grand Canyon - Petrified Forest - Great Sand Dunes and then back home to Baltimore.
There will be two of us and we're essentially doing this on a college budget, so we're planning on buying the Nat'l Parks Annual Pass and maybe a KOA pass. We're planning on spending three to four weeks on this trip - anything in particular of interest in these parks, or should we just do the "Tour the Park in a Day" deal? We're most interested in Yellowstone and Bryce/Grand Canyon, but would be willing to spend a little extra time in the other places, too. I read something here that leaving at 7 am and driving until 1:30 pm is good for sight-seeing stops - do you agree or would you suggest something else?
Essentially, this is our first road trip and we're both extremely looking forward to it. Thanks for any help! :)