This is my first RTA visit...my wife and I arrive from France in SF late June. Hired a 4WD to hit the road for about 12/13 days, including as much as possible scenic byways/roads. Main points of interest National Parks, some historic sites and nice (urban retreat) places to stay.
Draft itinerary : SF, Half Moon Bay, Big Sur coastal road to Santa Barbara, via Bakersfield to Manzanar NHS, Sequoia NP, Kings Canyon, Yosemite NP, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, John Muir NHS, Napa Valley, SF.
Question 1 : Is the length of is trip OK for 12 days, we are not in a rush but will limit our NP, NHS and places to see the 'basics'.
Question 2 : Is an itinerary extension to Santa Monica, also including a Death Valley visit (heat) up to Manzanar recommended(length/time)?
Question 3 : Is an itinerary extension via Santa Monica and Mojave to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon recommended(length/time)?
Thanks in advance, much appreciate your feedback,