I am taking a three week driving trip this summer (mid June to July) to Arizona and Colorado and I have decided that my drive down from Chicago would be taking the route through Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and then into Arizona. While the majority of my time will be spent photographing in the Sedona area and then 5 days in the Grand Canyon before heading up into Colorado I am wondering how scenic the drive is getting to Arizona?
I have never been to any of those particular states before and I know that the route I am taking overlaps with portions of the old Route 66. I am hoping that the drive will be fairly interesting and my plan is to be able to stop along the route and take photos here and there of things that are of historical interest and just some cool things in general. I am more of a nature/landscape/wildlife/architecture kind of photographer so for those of you that live out in this area of have traveled along this route into Arizona can you offer some suggestions of cool things that are right off the main road or things of interest that might not be too far off the expressway that might be of interest.
I am only planning on staying overnight in Joplin, MO and Amarillo,Tx before arriving in Flagstaff, Az so basically we will be driving straight through Oklahoma and New Mexico without having the opportunity to spend the night in any of those places but I was hoping to have an interesting drive that might allow me to just pull off the road here and there and snap some photos of some scenery that might be along the expressway.
So will I be in for an interesting drive with some nice landscapes and cool things to photograph along the way?