We are driving from WV by I-70 to the Great Basin National Park and plan on visiting the following additional national parks—Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Saguaro, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains, and possibly Big Bend if time and funds permit. (We have been to the other parks in that area). We are in our mid60s and in good health. We know that we can’t do justice to all there is to see and do on a short timetable, but if something really appeals to us we will return and concentrate more time at that area. We have revisited Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon in the past. We will be traveling with people whose schedule will not allow for in depth exploring on this trip.
We need help and suggestions on these things:
1) What is the best order and routes to visit these parks? Would it be easier and a better route to go to Death Valley from Great Basin, and then back track to Kings Canyon and Sequoia? We don’t really see what way to go to Death Valley.
2) What are some interesting things to see and do at any of these parks? (My “must see” is a huge redwood or sequoia)
3) What are some interesting things to do along the route? Restaurants, sights, events, etc. ?
We will be leaving West Virginia Sept 8 and will return in about 3 weeks. We did a trip out west 5 years ago by using Trip Advisor. Your suggestions included Pagosa Springs resort, Pagosa Springs brewery, Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad, Valley of the Gods, the Fiery Furnace hike at Arches, tram rides, Café Diablo,etc. It was the best trip ever!!
We will really appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks.