After few months reading this awesome forum, I learned a lot of things and it helped me to determine the steps of my road trip. I especially read this message where there is a lot of usefully links to different messages. I just want to show you my plan for this road trip and have your thoughts/advices on the road, the timing, especially if you already traveled this route to the different areas. Thanks a lot in advance!
The part where I'm not sure about the road is from SF to Sequoia Park to Death Valley.
So we (me and my parents, from France) will arrive in San Francisco on May 11 and come back to France on May 27. This is our first road trip, it’s a dream for us to do this trip in California, and it’s finally here! It’s not the real adventure because we already booked our hotels… I mainly used Google Maps to have the general itinerary. This is the link to our complete itinerary (warning! It’s slow to load!)
Basically we’ve planned to drive from the morning to around 2/3pm and then we can enjoy the parks, cities,… in the afternoon.
Day 1 to 3: Visit of San Francisco
Day 4: San Francisco to Sequoia National Park, hotel at Three Rivers.
From San Francisco to Sequoia National we’ll take the 580E, 205E and then at Monteca down with the 99 to Fresno then we’ll almost be at Three rivers.
Day 5: Sequoia National Park, Death valley and hotel at Beatty.
From Three rivers we’ll take the 99 to Bakersfield then 58E, 385N to Death Valley Park, go through it during the afternoon to arrive at Beatty before the night.
We’ll not have the time to go on the Sherman pass road I guess.
I know that it’s a long day drive, but that’s the only solution?
Day 6: Beatty to Las Vegas via the 95. Because it’s a short drive we’re planning to arrive at Las Vegas at the beginning of the afternoon.
Day 7: Stay at Las Vegas
Day 8: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon.
We’ll take the 93 South to Kingman, 40E to Williams and then up to Grand Canyon. Visit of the canyon the afternoon and then hotel around the Canyon.
Day 9 (huuuge day drive): Grand Canyon to Barstow via the 40 West.
We’ll have few stops of course and we are planning to drive a bit on the Route 66 (I think there is a part around Needles).
Day 10: Barstow to Los Angeles during the morning.
Day 11 and 12: Los Angeles
Day 13: Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo mainly via road 101.
Day 14: San Luis Obispo to Monterey via road 1 along the ocean.
Day 15: Monterey to San Francisco.
Day 16: San Francisco.
So, that’s it. Thanks a lot for you comments and your help! :)