In August I will be driving from Philadelphia, PA to Denver, CO (solo). I will be leaving Philly either August 12 or 13, depending on the itinerary. The catch is I have to be in Denver by 1-2pm on August 15th, but do not want to get to Denver much earlier than that. I have an established camping trip from Aug 16 - 19, will probably stay in Denver on Aug 19 and then hit the road for the return trip home. On the trip home I will be stopping in Madison, WI for 1 or 2 nights to visit friends, and then must return to Philly by no later than Aug 25.
I would love some ideas for when/where to stop along the way that would accomodate the need to be in Denver at a certain time. I have done this and other long-distance hauls before, and don't mind long stretches driving, but I know I will need to stop to sleep, yet I was hoping to take a more scenic/southern route on the way out. I don't care to spend time stopping in the cities, I would rather maximize drive time, but have a primarily scenic route.
On the way back the plan is to either go straight to Madison from Denver, or take I-90 and stop somewhere in between.
Any help or ideas would be appreciated!! Thanks.