In a couple of weeks, I’ll be beginning my whirlwind tour of the midwest. The tentatively scheduled route is home (N. Texas), Colorado Springs, Rocky Mts. NP, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Arches NP, Caynonlands, Bryce Canyon, and back home.
I’d like suggestions for things to do or see along the way.
As an example, on a previous trip I went to Colorado Springs, Telluride, Arches, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, and Carlsbad. Along the way, I stopped at things like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Royal Gorge, some petroglyphs north of Moab, Utah, the Very Large Array, a ghost town near the VLA, and 4 Corners.
I’m into hiking and nature photography, so that will be my main focus of the trip. My hiking will be limited to day hikes since I’m traveling alone and am not comfortable backpacking by myself. I like natury-things and ruins or abandoned stuff, but I’m not averse to visiting things sciency or just plain interesting. I’m not too interested in visiting cities or urban points-of-interest. I’ll be doing some camping and some hotels.
So there’s my route and some examples of things I find interesting. If you know of something along the way that I’ve just GOT to see or a great restaurant or the world’s largest ball of foil, I want to hear about it.