I notice that this a fairly well covered topic and I've read some really useful information in similar threads already, but I'm about to embark on a tour of California and was curious as to whether we can fit as much into our roadtrip as we'd like to.
Our plan as it stands is to fly in to LA from the UK for a few days with family before driving north up the coast on May 2 to San Francisco via Big Sur.
Is it worth staying a night in Big Sur or should we go direct to San Fran? The reason I ask is because of how much we want to fit into the next 10 days.
We want to spend 2-3 nights in San Fran, then a day or two in Napa valley before we drive to Vegas for 2 nights at the end of the trip via Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.
We'd also like to explore the Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam from Vegas before we return to LA for a final day or two with the family.
Is this realistic given we want to fit it all into a 10 day roadtrip? I don't really want to spend the whole time driving. How would you break down this trip? And what, if anything, would you skip in order to leave enough time to see everything else properly?
I'm also curious as to what are the best routes from San Fran to Vegas given all of the above. I understand that some of the routes around Yosemite might be shut due to weather, but I'd coose a less scenic route if it means cutting down on the amount of time behind the wheel.
Many thanks in advance.
PS - are the giant redwood tree parks actually in Yosemite? I really want to see these but am unsure as to where are the best spots.