Hi All! Very glad I found this site. For months I've been flying blind trying to coordinate a road trip for me & future wife's honeymoon. Two years ago I proposed to her on a 5 day road trip in a PT Cruiser Convertible from San Francisco to Las Vegas Stopping off at Yosemite and staying in Bishop, CA for two days (I proposed in Yosemite). When we were planning our honeymoon it was a no brainer to return to the Southwest.
This time around we've decided to rent an RV as a home base on wheels. Keep in mind that we are not hikers... we are not campers (those I have extensive experince in the latter)... we're just pure road warriors. We plan on alot of driving. We have a few hotel nights planned to break up sleeping in the RV. Just like some opinion on routes and whether this entire trip is feasilble. So far my itinerary looks like this...
Day 1 Sunday- Fly from NY to Las Vegas
Day 2 Monday- Decompress
Day 3 Tuesday- Pick up RV-Cruise America 25ft Class C- Drive to Sedona, AZ
Day 4 Wednesday- Meteor Crater & South Rim (Stay in South Rim)
Day 5 Thursday- North Rim, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon (Stay in Fredonia or North Rim)
Day 6- Friday- Drive W to E thru Zion Rt 12 to Torrey, UT
Day 7 Saturday- Torrey, UT to Monument Valley, 4 State Point to Moab, UT
Day 8 Sunday Moab to Park City, UT (Hotel)
Day 9 Monday Stay in Park City (Midpoint break-Hotel)
Day 10 Tuesday SLC to Reno, NV (Hotel)
Day 11 Wednesday Stay In Reno (Hotel)
Day 12 Thursday Lake Tahoe to Lee Vining (Stop off at Bodie and Mono Lake)
Day 14 Friday Yosemite
Day 13 Saturday Yosemite- to Bishop, Ca (Hotel)
Day 14 Sunday Bishop to Death Valley to Vegas
Day 15 Monday-Return RV Red Eye Flight Home
I have 1300 miles with my package but have budgeted myself 3200 miles plus $900 in gas.
Originally I had more crammed into this trip, (which also included traveling to Taos, NM and driving northward to Royal Gorge). My biggest concern is the first half of the week. For instance... should we stay in Sedona or press on to the South Rim? Is 10 hrs enough to drive the Grand Circle or should we cut it in half. If we do where do we stay? Torrey, UT? We're not planning to hike or horseback any part of the trip. I'm fascinated with old roads and towns. We're just looking to experience this trip purely from a paved road and a comfortable RV (maybe we'll have time to come back in the future). Any advice on where to stay or how to approach this trip is appreciated.