Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Newbury Park, CA
You have enough time to get to UTAH, and all the Gorgeous parks out this way.
Grand Canyon, OK that's Arizona, but . . . It's the GRAND CANYON, my favorite place of all! Spanish Fort to Grand Canyon is 25 hours, 1656 miles. LONG 2 days, or easier 2-1/2 to 3 days.
Arches, Bryce, Zion, are my Utah must sees. If you can see these 4 National Parks in the 9 days you have, you will be very satisfied.
If there's time, you can go further north to the Snake River Gorge, and up to Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone, if it's stopped burning by then.
I recently took the trip from Grand Canyon to Iowa, then back to Sturgis, and the Snake River, without taking a freeway. There is some BEAUTIFUL stuff to see, once you're out of the desert, high plains, farms, and get into the mountains of Colorado, etc.
The Northern Utah, section may extend the trip too far, but if you've never been, it's beautiful.