First let me thank you all for such a great forum. Its been great reading about everyones trip reports and future plans! I've been addicted for the last 6 months! Anyway, It has inspired me and the missus to do a fly-drive around California/Nevada, starting on the 21st May 2009. (Very soon i know!)
Although i've spent many hours on here doing my research, i hope you wouldnt mind me running my itenery (or what we've roughly planned out) past you seasoned road trip pro's?
21/5 - Arrive at LAX at 2.35pm. Pick up Alamo hire car, and head to Holiday Inn Express @ Walk of Fame, hollywood (booked)
22/5 - Drive from hotel to Universal Studios, spend the day there, then an evening drive up the coast to Santa Barbara area (find a motel/hotel)
23/5 - Drive from Santa Barbara over to Palm Springs (taking in any LA that we missed), find a motel around there, with an evening drive around Joshua Tree NP.
24/5 - Drive from Palm Springs over to Flag staff, AZ (no sight seeing, just a mile munching day)
25/5 - All day visit to Grand Canyon then head down to a motel between Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. (any recommendations)
26/5 - Drive from ?? (via Hoover Dam) to Las Vegas to spend 2 nights at the Venetian (booked)
27/5 - All day in Las Vegas
28/5 - Leave Las Vegas in the afternoon, head through Death Valley upto Yesomite. Stay at Best Western, Oakhurst. (booked)
29/5 - Visit Yesomite - Fingers crossed for Tioga to be open by this point! Head to a motel nearby. (location dicated by tioga opening!)
30/5 - Spend the morning n/around Yesomite, head north east to a motel in the Carson City/Tahoe area (recommendations?)
31/5 - Head over to Sacramento, stay the night in a motel there, have a look round in the evening.
1/6 - Up early to drive up to Redding (if its not too far?)
2/6 - Head down the coast from Redding, with a visit to the "Giant Tree" area, staying midway to SF at a motel.
3/6 - Arrive in SF around lunctime to drop the hire car back (downtown branch), then explore SF in the afternoon.
4/6 - All day in SF (Inc. Alcatraz tour)
5/6 - Fly out of SFO
ANY comments or suggestions greatly appreciated. Any recommendations for attractions/restaurants/beaches etc etc on the way, i'll do my utmost to incorporate them! Only a few places have been booked so far, and without a previous visit, I'm a little sketchy on distances, so any advice much appreciated.
Matt & Lucy