Hi everybody, I have come across this great roadtrip website which will hopefully be a huge help on our planned trip in Sept next year.
I am Tracy and I will be travelling with my partner Iain, who will be the only driver on this trip and looking forward to the driving...crazy!
I'm not asking for advice on where to visit, as I'm a demon planner and we've already figured this part out! Basically I'd like to tell you our plans and you can let us know if you think that they are do'able in the 21 days planned and if you could also tell us if we've missed out any must see places, this would be great.
We plan to fly into and out of Los Angeles LAX, with a hire car to be collected and dropped off at the airport......car planned is either an SUV or people carrier (mini van) for the room and comfort offered. Okay here's the plan: -
Fly Manchester UK to LAX...
2 nights at Buena Park - Hampton Inn & Suites...Knott's Berry Farm & Medieval Times.
1 night at Palm Springs - Pepper Tree Inn...Palm Springs Tramway, Land Tour.
1 night at Scottsdale, Arizona - Hospitality Suites Resort...Shopping at Fashionsquare Mall, but this stop is mainly to break up the driving.
1 night at Grand Canyon, Arizona - Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins...Canyon South Rim.
1 night at Lake Powell, Utah - Days Inn & Suites...Tourist hotspots apart from the Lake of course?
1 night at Bryce Canyon, Utah - Bryce Canyon Lodge...Historic Navajo Bridges, Canyon Mule Ride.
4 nights at Las Vegas - Bill's Gamblin Hall & Saloon...Freemont St, Cirque, Stratosphere, heli tour, Siegfried & Roy, visiting hotels.
1 night at Fresno, California - Econolodge...Basically just a rest stop.
1 night at Yosemite, California - Hotel Charlotte in Groveland just outside the park...Yosemite National Park (feel reluctant to stay in the park, due to my fear of being eaten by a bear!)
3 nights in San Francisco, California - Chancellor Hotel...Golden Gate bike ride, Alcatraz, China Town.
1 night at Monterey, California - Monterey Bay Lodge...Aquarium, wineries :)
1 night at Santa Barbara, California - Marina Beach Motel...Boat trip, beach, wineries :)
1 night at Santa Monica, California - Bayside Hotel...Boat trip, beach, winery :)
2 nights in Los Angeles, California - Hollywood Hills Hotel...6 Flags Magic Mountain, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive & possibly Disney's California Adventure park depending on time.
We have started collecting books & dvd's to aid us with our planning, California, San Francisco & Las Vegas guide books..also plan to purchase a Grand Canyon book. Rand McNally and National Geographic Atlasses and also a guide book on Vineyards in California is on it's way to me, which was shown on the homepage of this website last week. We have also ordered a box set of dvd's, showing road trips all over the USA.
I have chosen the hotels using tripadvisor and google maps, I have also worked out the mileage using google maps and now I've also found this website. I've also found You Tube a great help.
Any advice on the average weather in the various locations in September would be brilliant.
Hope I haven't rabbled too much, think I've got everything in now though.