Hi, I've been reading lots of threads on this forum and it is incredibly useful. As a result I have fleshed out my basic roadtrip plan, but have some doubts about the second half of the trip.
In summary, it's a 14 day road trip, two driver's so we can share the work. The important thing is that we're going in the second two weeks of March 2008, so I know we'll have problems crossing the Sierra Nevada, with the Tioga Pass being closed. Rough itinerary so far:
Day 1: Arrive San Francisco
Day 2: Recover from jet lag (we fly from Spain) and sightsee in SF
Day 3: Head down coastal highway 1, overnight near Monterey/Carmel
Day 4: Take it slowly down through Big Sur, overnight near San Luis Obispo (is this worth seeing?)
Day 5: To LA, overnight here
Day 6: Day in LA, overnight here
Day 7: To Vegas, overnight here
Day 8: Do an excursion to Grand Canyon, probably in a light aircraft (just don't have the time/energy to drive all the way out there and back). Overnight LV again.
Day 9: Here is where the doubts begin: We want to leave Las Vegas to head back to San Francisco, via Death Valley, and would really like to see Yosemite, but reading on here about road closures across the Sierra Nevada (it's in March) it looks like we are going to have to do a big detour to see it, and also a lot of the park will be inaccessible because of snow.
So the key question is what's the best way of enjoying Days 9 to 11? Is the detour to Yosemite worth it? Or are there other cool places that would be easier to reach? From what I've heard I'm not too bothered about Lake Tahoe for example.
Ideally we want to arrive back in San Francisco on the night of Day 11 allowing us to spend Days 12 and 13 in SF before flying back first thing on Day 14. But could be willing to get to SF a day later if we get the right plan on the way there.
Also if anyone has any comments about the general feasibility of the route at that time of year they are very welcome. But the key question is Las Vegas to San Francisco in March. And also is 3 days San Francisco to LA down the coastal highway leisurely or slow?
Thanking you all in advance for any advice