this year my girlfriend and i are planning USA trip (southwest) in september- about 23 days +/-. Here are some examples for places we want to see: Grand canyon NP, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Death valley NP, Antelope canyon, Arches National Park, Red Rock State Park, Monument Valley, Las Vegas etc. We like the idea about Bonneville Salt Flats, Joshua tree NP and others (we still discover places via google maps, photos etc.). Since my girlfriend is geologist, we are interested in geology related stuff, too (Meteor crater, Kennecott Copper Mine in Utah and others we are still to find). We want to drive at least a piece of Route 66 (Selingman to Kingman?), too.
Beside all these, i believe wonderful, gorgeous 'trophies' we have this (for our trip maby most important) idea about driving endless roads, stop in the middle of nowhere, to have a cigarette there, take photos and to do this in NO rush. We really want to enjoy the scenery like the road through Monument Valley offers for example; looking google street view for that location for us is WOW for instance- i mean we really think we could sit there, listen to some brian eno's records and enjoy here-we-are-in-vast-landscape-lalala situation :) now i think you can easily picture what we want from our trip really. don't tell me we'll get bored driving 'nothingness' as one said to me. becouse we know we won't- we come from Slovenia where landscape changes at least on every 5th mile... :)
We know a man simply can't see everything in 22 days so we rather miss one or more must-see-places and stop for an hour or two longer in some endless (quiet) desert place.
So any info would be really welcome:
- septreber OK?
- where to fly for this kind of trip (Las Vegas, Los Angeles..?)
- which rent-a-car is ok, reliable, cheap (we were using economycarrentals.com in Sicily Italy...)?
- any proposition for places related to our wishes?
- do you think there are enough (cheap..) hotels, motels etc. on the way so we can just stop, or reservations are recomended? do we need to plan sleeping in advace for every day?
Thank you for any info and have a nice day!