I plan to fly to NY from England late May 08, going for approximately 18 days. There are likely to be four of us.
I'd like to spend a couple of days in NY and then a couple in Washington DC before flying to Las Vegas. Again a couple of nights in Vegas (including a day trip to the Grand Canyon) before hiring a car and driving up/camping through Death Valley & Yosemite.
We intend to finish in San Francisco but my friend really wants to drive down Pacific Coast (is that route 101?) so I was thinking about leaving Yosemite and driving up to Medford (approx 600 miles...halfway between Yose. & Portland?) in one day's graft, before swinging south so we can leisurely potter down 101 to San Fran.
Does this plan hold merit? Would at least 12 days allow us to do Las Vegas onwards and not be rushing around (except for the 600 mile dash north)?
Any other suggestions if my plan is not viable, gratefully recieved.