16 days from Seattle and back for our Utah trip. 2 days down, two days back, but scenic two lanes for all 4300 miles except for the first 40 and the last 40 close to home. 300 miles a day average with three 2 day same motel days, These were in Hatch between Zion and Bryce, in Cortez for Million Dollar and Mesa Verde and MOAB for Arches and Canyonlands. The mileage average includes first and last days over 400 miles. From your list.
- Million Dollar Highway in CO
- Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion NPs in Utah
- North end of Grand Canyon
- Plus Mesa Verde, 4 corners, Monument Valley, Flaming Gorge, Grand Tetons.
7 days for this trip 270 mile daily average. From your list.
- Beartooth Highway
- Yellowstone Falls, Lamar valley, old faithful, Roosevelt, Mammoth springs etc
- Glacier National Park
- Plus Lolo Pass, Craters of the Moon, Red Lodge and oh, so much more.
I have done Fortuna to Astoria in 5 comfortable days.
- Pacific Coast Highway from WA to CA (stop at Thor's Well in OR)
- Plus Redwoods. Continue around Olympic Peninsula is great ride. Actually, some of the best rides in the West are the ones connecting the Pacific Coast Hwy with Idaho and the Rockies.
For the 16 day Utah loop last year, we averaged $ 50.00 a night for rooms, $ 50.00 a couple for food and $ 20.00 a day for whisky and Red wine, except when it was 105F, then it was Gin and Tonic with lime. Having a place with a pool or hot tub was great when Utah hit 105F by 1. Ride early, be resting before 3.
Usually, we budget $ 100 a night for two up in a room, $ 50.00 for two eating and $ 25.00 for liquid refreshment. Get a senior NP pass.
There are so many great roads. Part of the decision that has to be made is when to take a more direct route and when to hit every mountain pass and river bend. We do the latter, so the miles add up, but at 45-55 average, we get the best rides without the wear and tear of beating a path somewhere.
Mhac nan con, a Wescalero Rider
My path through life - Two roads diverged in a wood, I took the dead end by mistake. Then I got lost, but I had a great time.
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