My gf and I are planning a trip to the West (CA and national parks). We have found plenty of information on this great site (and others), but would need some general advice concerning certain points...
2nd and 3rd week of Nov., we are planning to:
- fly into SF (1-2 days there), then drive to Yosemite (1 day). I understood the East exit would most likely be closed at that time, which makes us wonder whether it would be easier to just drive around or drive back to SF and take a flight to LA or Vegas to save some time... (And I don't wanna miss Yosemite)
- LA (is it worth spending a day or two or should we just drop it considering we don't have that much time?)
- Vegas (we definitely want to plan at least 2 days/nights there)
- Then either from LA or Vegas, we would drive the last 9-10 days or so through Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell/Glen Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and finally fly out from either Vegas, LA or Salt Lake, depending on the best way to see the highest number of gorgeous landscapes...
Anyone has any advice concerning such a program? Is it realistic? What is the best way to integrate the driving in the trip? Always drive early in the morning, or late in the afternoon to be up and ready in the morning?
Thanks in advance for any help!