Hi there everybody!
Me and two friends of mine (we're all in our mid 20's) are coming straight from Italy to do a 10-day "Christmas Holiday" road trip, the starting and ending point being Las Vegas and the turning point being Aspen, Colorado.
So basically our only fixed points are: Las Vegas on the 21st of December, Aspen on the 24th and 25th of December and Vegas again on the 31st of December.
The three of us don't mind long hours at the wheel and we're interested in exploring as much as Nature can offer on (and off) our way (saving the hustle and bustle for Aspen and LV).
We are going to drive in a standard AWD SUV (most probably a Grand Cherokee) so also dirt tracks would definitely do.
I made a attempt at drafting a very, very rough itineray by flagging the attractions I randomly heard of: http://goo.gl/uqr4I6
We were planning to book only our stays in LV and Aspen and dropping by at motels or whatever we can find on the road for the remaining nights. Would it be a sensible option? The idea is to keep it more frugal on the way (40-50$ per night per room, if possible and local honest diners will make the deal) and "live the dream" in Aspen and LV.
Giving our very limited knowledge (a.k.a. close to zero) of the area, any suggestion on must see places, off-the-path attractions, top driving tips on such roads, eat&drink, any possible problems etc would be immensely appreciated.