I am flying into Denver and driving to Moab to visit Arches/Canyonlands etc. I've read the drive is around 6 hours and I arrive in Denver late-afternoon on Friday 22 June. I'd like to get a few hours under my belt, stopover somewhere overnight and then take the next day to complete the drive. I'm after some travel advice.
I am a keen photographer (landscapes) and so can someone recommend any "must-see" places on the way that are worth a detour? Is the drive scenic? When it comes to a stopver can someone suggest a place 2-3 hours along the way from Denver? As I'll be in Houston before this trip I'd prefer a small town with great scenery around it. I was thinking of Colorado Springs, but looks to city-like !