Firstly I’d just like to thank you for providing such a wealth of knowledge for inexperienced visitors to the US like me!!
My wife, 7 year-old son and I have decided to take advantage of some cheap travel deals and fly out from Australia for a 17 day road trip around Southwest USA in June. I’ve got some business to do in Santa Fe first, but then we plan on hiring a car and driving to LA. We want to take in as much of the extraordinarily beautiful country you have in that region as well as any quirky Americana we can along the way.
Our itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 Santa Fe – Grand Canyon (sth rim)
Day 2 Grand Canyon - walking
Day 3 Grand Canyon (sth rim) – Monument Valley (View Hotel and Jeep tour)
Day 4 Monument Valley – Grand Canyon (North Rim)
Day 5 Grand Canyon (North Rim) – Vegas
Day 6 Vegas – Death Valley (Amagosa Opera House and Hotel)
Day 7 Death Valley – Kernville??
Day 8 Kernville – Sequioa National Park (Three Rivers)
Day 9 Three Rivers – Kings Canyon (Cedar Grove Lodge)
Day 10 Kings Canyon – Yosemite (Curry Village)
Day 11 Yosemite – walking
Day 12 Yosemite – San Francisco
Day 13 San Francisco
Day 14 San Francisco
Day 15 San Francisco – Big Sur (San Simeon?)
Day 16 Big Sur- LA (Venice Beach)
Day 17 LA (Venice Beach)
I have a few questions about the route:
Day 7/8: We would like to do a scenic drive from Death Valley to Sequoia National Park. I have read about the Sherman Pass road J41, but am I right in thinking that taking this road would be too long a drive from Death Valley to SQNP in one day? If we did take this route and decided to break it up, where would we overnight? Another option I see is taking the 178 to Lake Isabella and staying in Kernville, before heading up to SQNP, but I really can't figure out the best option.
Day 12: can somebody suggest a scenic route from Yosemite - San Francisco?
Day 15: Would San Simeon be a sensible place to break up the journey travelling between SF and LA?
I sure would appreciate any advice or suggestions that you could give us, or any particulars that you might recommend along the way.
Thanks again for your help