Road Trip: Montana to San Francisco
Good night all,
We are from the Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago to be exact) and we possibly fly in through Houston to visit some friends in Montana. I previously put a short post to which I got a helpful reply,(http://www.frommers.com/community/forums-main.html?north-america-united-states-1_general-multi-state_invited-wedding-montana-wanna-trip-out-of), I have found out some more and now our trip has manifested itself into a possible roadtrip to final destination of San Francisco, thing is though we cannot come to the US and for a second time miss out on the Grand Canyon North rim so we must find a way to include this somehow.
Initially we planned to arrive in the US on the 28th July into Missoula, Montana. We stay there by our friend and then move to Flathead lake for his wedding then we spend a few days based out of Kalispell visiting Glacier NP before making it back to Misssoula, we hopefully leave Missoula and head out around the 6th August and I will cater to have until the 20th August or so to play with. Initially I thought of the 17th but I thought based on all we wanted to do that it would be too much of a rush. I am aware that the longer the more costly our trip will become. The main objectives here after our forays in Montana will be:
1. To see the Grand Canyon from the North rim (not necessarily hike around but at least take our time and soak in the scenery),
2. To visit San Francisco
3. To drive along and visit the Big Sur (I admittedly have not advanced my trip planning this far yet and I know little enough to plan for what actually we want to do here re: sleep in this area and make a few days here or just simply drive along this scenic route and take some pics to and from San Francisco)
I thought the best logistical effort and least costly way to do the above was to simply drive from Missoula hopping down to the sites as we go culminating the trip in San Fran. Now I am looking at it, I am wondering that we will need to stop and rest regularly and the trip down wil lbe segmented into a few days. Initial choice was to drive through through Utah to Page, AZ where we base to visit the North Rim and then afterward make our way through Nevada to San Francisco via Las Vegas (Been here before not too interested in visitng it again this is just passing through driving). I wondered if the Big Sur was doable from San Francisco as a side/day trip. Alternatively I then began to entertain driving from Missoula to Seattle, then to Portland en route to San Francisco all via the coastal highway (day trip to the Big Sur) then drive from there via Las Vegas to visit the North Rim. These decisions arose bascially from what would be the most user friendly drive, scenic route and present the best options for rest stops and seeing beautiful sites along the way. I need alot of help from more seasoned visitors and road trippers in these parts especially. My first and only roadtrip was from Jacksonville to Key west with a rest stop in MIA. It will be my wife and I this time around and we will share driving duties. To be hoenst we are defintely not opposd to flying if it is the best way to see and do what we are proposing in the time alotted (if doable at all). Many thanks for your time and we will appreciate any and all feedback.
Ziad & Nila