We are planning to head out again in July. Due to some health problems this may be our last multi-week trip so are planning it carefully. It will be a round trip from Mesa Arizona to Walla Walla Washington. Here is our very tentative itinerary - please let me know if anything is wrong (distance too far, no motels at planned stops, etc) and if there are major stops we have missed.
Going north - Mesa to Kanab, UT. Spend time in Zion (we've been twice before), drive to Cedar City, UT. Take route 93 up through eastern Utah (we'd rather miss I-15 around Salt Lake City) to I-84 to Pendleton, OR and then north to Walla Walla. Still working out driving times and stops between Cedar City and Walla Walla.
We will be spending 4-5 days visiting family in Walla Walla, then taking a big arc back to go to some places we've never been before, starting with Glacier National Park - thinking of keeping to the west side and not driving Going to the Sun Highway. How many nights and where? Next - Billings, MT, see Pompey's Pillar and Little Bighorn battlefield. Overnight someplace between the battlefield and Devil's Tower, Wyoming. After Devil's Tower we are heading to Scottsbluff, NE for the night, then straight south to Walsenburg CO (avoiding Denver) and next night in Albuquerque to ride up Sandia Peak. Then if we aren't tired of travelling we will go to Socorro and the VLA before heading home via Eagar, ShowLow and Payson.
We have been to Yellowstone and the Black Hills and Colorado Springs on previous trips.
I await your thoughts and suggestions!