Christian Kemp's USA travelogs

Trip 1 - Classic 3-week Southwest trip (July - August 2001)

Tuesday, 24th July 2001
Flight from Frankfurt (D) to Los Angeles and various driving in LA
Wednesday, 25th July 2001
Depart Los Angeles on Highway 1/101, head into Santa Monica Mountains, visit Santa Barbara and sleep in Santa Maria
Thursday, 26th July 2001
Drive North on Highway 1 towards San Francisco, do 17-Mile drive in Monterey
Friday, 27th July 2001
Touring San Francisco: Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and Golden Gate Bridge
Saturday, 28th July 2001
More touring in San Francisco, drive towards Yosemite National Park and hike to Upper Yosemite Fall
Sunday, 29th July 2002
Entire day in Yosemite National Park (Mariposa Grove, Washburn and Glacier Point, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls)
Monday, 30th July 2001
Drive Tioga road out of Yosemite, stopping at Tuolomne Meadows, Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town
Tuesday, 31st July 2001
Drive through Death Valley from North to South, spend night in Las Vegas
Wednesday, 1st August 2001
Drive over Hoover Dam, visit Valley Of Fire State Park, continue to Zion National Park
Thursday, 2nd August 2001
Spend morning in Zion National Park, head on to Cedar Breaks National Monument
Friday, 3rd August 2001
Spend entire day in Bryce Canyon National Park
Saturday, 4th August 2001
Quickly visit Kodachrome Basin State Park, head on to Grosvenor Arch, then (attempt to) drive the Burr Trail into Capitol Reef National Park
Sunday, 5th August 2001
Driving through Capitol Reef, then down Highway 95 to Lake Powell. On to Natural Bridges and Muley Overlook, down the Mokee Dugway and to the Goosenecks.
Monday, 6th August 2001
Hiking in Arches National Park
Tuesday, 7th August 2001
Touring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Wednesday, 8th August 2001
From Moab to Durango via Canyonlands' Needles Overlook and Mesa Verde National Park
Thursday, 9th August 2001
From Durango to Kayenta via Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley
Friday, 10th August 2001
Driving into Grand Canyon
Saturday, 11th August 2001
Hiking Grand Canyon's Bright Angel trail to Plateau Point, and back up (12 miles round-trip, 3100 feet of elevation change, 40°C in the canyon)
Sunday, 12th August 2001
Driving Oatman Hwy (Historic Route 66) and through Joshua Tree National Park
Monday, 13th August 2001
Heading back to Los Angeles