We had some crazy fog through the first part of Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Really cool but a little scary in the car. Thankfully, there weren't a ton of people on the road.
It is not shocking that most of the drive on this day was pretty boring. However, we broke things up by spending a few hours in St. Louis. I really enjoyed checking out the old buildings and I found that the downtown area was really nice and clean and pleasant to walk around. We went to Rooster (highly recommended!) for delicious crepes before taking a walk to the Gateway Arch (past the capitol building...also worth checking out).
Day 4: Denver, CO to Moab, UT
Our friend recommended that, instead of taking 70 from Denver to Vail and beyond, we check out Golden, CO and then take highway 6 through a beautiful canyon before meeting back up with 70 prior to Idaho Springs. This may have added a few minutes onto the trip, but it was definitely worth it.
There is so much to do in Bryce! We camped at Sunset Campground, which was busy but had tent only loops so it felt quiet and finally like real camping. We hiked the Figure 8 Combination Loop (Queens Garden, Peek-A-Boo, and Navajo Loop combination) on Day 8 and then Fairyland Loop on Day 9. I definitely recommend both hikes and it is worth getting out past the crowds. The hoodoos are a lot more breathtaking when you don't feel like you are going to get pushed off a cliff by an idiot who is hiking in white tennis shoes.
Then we made our way to Tioga Pass and stopped for a hike along the John Muir Trail. We had been doing a lot of hiking and wanted something with views but didn't really want something super hard. Lyell Canyon is an out and back on the JMT on which you can go out as far as you want. We ended up hiking about 12-14 miles, but the view below can be seen within the first two miles.