Our plans are evolving somewhat and we're finding it a little overwhelming trying sort out the logistics!
This is what we have so far (of our 7 week total):
Weeks 1 -3
This is part of the trip that we feel requires the most planning and is the most difficult logistically.
We want to drive the coast from San Fran to San Diago. We will stop in SF, LA and SD for say 2 -3 days in each and do the tourist things in each, sightseeing etc and plan to fit as much a swe can in to a small amount of time.
We want to focus our time enjoying the amazing scenery rather than spending a lot of time in the main cities.
Can anyone recommend the best beaches along the way? As i mentioned, we are looking for more 'undiscovered' beaches that aren't overpopulated with tourists as I imaginge they would be around LA.
We also want to camp in Yoesmite National Park, maybe camp for 2 -3 nights and do some treking. Again, if anyone could recommend the best routes to trek that would be great as our time is limited we really want to see the 'best bits'! Hopefully we will be able to book a site - i'm looking in to 'Camp 4'.
We would like to stay in another National Park -maybe Redwood NP and see the eponymous Redwoods.
Looking at this, what would make sense would be to do a circular Route, down the coast and back up through the National Parks to San Fran.
But, as we want to do Route 66, this makes planning a little more difficult.
Are there any National Parks worth staying a night at along the coast? I have looked at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park?
Week 4- 5
We originally thought approx 10 days to do this, but having looked in to this a little more we think maybe 2 weeks might be more realistic? We want to visit as many different towns as possible without feeling rushed. Any places worth seeing more than others? We want to see Grand Canyon
and Death Valley along the way. Again, if anyone recommends places that we should maybe spend a night at this would help us plan our trip better.
Week 6 - 3 days
3 days or so to relax in Chicago, anyone recommenend must sees/activities to do?
End week 6/ week 7
Florida Keys, finish in Maimi then fly home :(
It may be worth mentioning that my boyf loves fishing, any spots along the West coast that are particularly good spots?
As i mentioned, its really the first half of the trip, esp how best to tackle the Coast and National Parks, which roads are best to take to take in the scenery.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.