This thread was made by stuart_mcgill

Any advice on the following trip would be great. I know we will be busy but we want to see as much as possible. Also is it possible to go from Las Vegas via Death Valley and Kings Canyon on the way to Yosemite before going to San Fran.
Many thanks in advance. Stuart

Thursday 21st September (DAY 1)
Arrive L.A., stay at Trade winds Airport Hotel

Friday 22nd September (DAY 2)
Drive to Laguna Beach etc, do beach tour. End up in San Diego staying at Banana Bungalows.
1st Night at Bananas

Saturday 23rd September (DAY 3)
See San Diego.
Possibly go to Sea World or Zoo?
2nd Night at Bananas.

Sunday 24th September (DAY 4)
See San Diego.
Possibly go to Sea World or Zoo?
3rd Night at Bananas.

Monday 25th September (DAY 5)
Up early to drive to Grand Canyon (Flagstaff). 528 miles (ish)
Stay at Grand Canyon International Hostel. (1st Night)

Tuesday 26th September (DAY 6)
Drive to Grand Canyon (1hr and ½ North)
Back to Grand Canyon International Hostel. (2nd Night)

Wednesday 27th September (DAY 7)
Up early to drive to Las Vegas. (250 miles ish)
Arrive Las Vegas lunchtime.
Stay at ____________________.

Thursday 28th September (DAY 8)
Leave Las Vegas and drive through Death Valley on way to Yosemite.
(Las Vegas > Yosemite = 422 miles)
My basic recommendation would be that you drive through Death Valley from south to north, entering from Amargosa Valley, NV by way of NV-373 CA-127 and CA-190. Take the short detour to see Scotty's Castle and get some of the lore of the valley. Then continue on to join US-395 at Big Pine, CA and head north. Near Mono Lake (worth a look-see) head west on CA-120 through Yosemite National Park before joining I-580 into San Francisco. Between Death Valley and Yosemite, you will have seen the two major "must see"s between your two termini Your total mileage will be about 580, so easily done in two days.Stay in Bishop (CA).

Friday 29th September (DAY 9)
Continue through Yosemite arriving in San Francisco evening.

Saturday 30th September (DAY 10)
See San Francisco.

Sunday 1st October (DAY 11)
See San Fran.
Drive South.

Monday 2nd October (DAY 12)
Drive South.

Tuesday 3rd October (Day 13)
Drive South

Wednesday 4th October (Day 14)
Stay in L.A.

Thursday 5th October (Day 15)
See Hollywood.
Fly out of L.A. 11.30PM.