The decision has been made. The Universe willing, we’ll be going on a road trip in the US and Canada in the summer of 2011.
I am working on a general plan these days, just to see that the idea is feasible, in terms of driving distances, things to do etc. Our time frame is a flexible three months.
The general plan looks something like this –
- Arriving at LA. Taking a few days to get over the jet lag and then heading out to –
- The Grand Canyon
- Page, Arizona (Lake Powell)
- Zion and Bryce National Parks, Utah
- Option A: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
- Option B: Monument Valley and Mesa Verde National Park, Utah & Durango, Colorado
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
- Colorado Springs
- Mt Rocky National Park
- Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
- Glacier National Park
- Calgary, Canada
- Jasper National Park
- Banff and nearby Parks to the west of Banff
- Victoria and Vancouver Island
- Olympic National Park, Washington, US
- Portland, Oregon
- Crater Lake National Park
- Road 101 along the coast
- San Francisco and the Bay Area
- Yosemite National Park
- Road 101 again
- Los Angeles
This is a rough sketch, of course. I am working on pinning it down on a map these days (thank you Google Maps!). I have already discovered that the distances are HUGE. I mean, they’re even longer than what you might think, because the roads are winding.
I have no idea how people used to go on road trips before the days of the Internet. I am continuously hooked up to several sites these days, Trip Advisor, Google Maps and a local traveling forum in Hebrew. The National Parks site is also visited frequently, as well as various State Parks sites.
So, now you all know where I disappeared to.
If you have ideas, thoughts, tips or if you think you’d like to meet us along the way – leave me a comment here!