Im getting ready for my first road trip. Route is gonna be LA-Phoenix-Grand Canyon South Rim-Quick stop at the Hoovers Dam-Las Vegas-Quick stop at Death Valley- Mammoth Lakes-Yosemite-San Fransisco- Big Sur-Los Angeles.
I have few questions. How can I calculate to price for gas? I mean I dont need exact numbers, just somthing about. Its gonna be about 2200 miles.
One day driving is gonna be leaving Las Vegas super early in the morning, stopping at Death Valley early in the morning and continue driving to Mammoth Lakes and camp there overnight. Is that even possible? In maps it looks like.. I heard Death Valley really is DEATHLY hot, so we just wanna stop by and see and keep going. What would be could place for small pit stop? :)
Its gonna be my first time at camping. Is there something I should know about? Is it always nessessary to sleep in the tent or is it ok to sleep in the car anywhere? Few night gonna b just arriving there late and leaving early in the morning, so feels kinda stupid to put the tent up for few hours.
What would be good place to stop in Yosemite? We gonna stay there just one day, because we wanna see as many different places as we can in a short time. Yea I know it might sound stupid, but thats our choice.
How does the Grand Canyon works? We would like to see the sunset in south rim, camp at Mather Campground and see sunrise in the early morning. Is that possible?
In general, I never been on the campsites. How does it work? Where do we leave our car while camping there overnight?
Is there something special I should know about car? How does the putting gas in the car-thing works in US? How do I know which kind of gas I should put? Can I pay cash?
Any good tips for cheap hotels in San Francisco? Cheapest I found was 70 bucks for one night, kinda expensive compering to other citites. Would like to stay close to Union square or Fisherman Whart.
Any other budget advise?
Should I be afraid of animals while camping? Spiders, lizards, snakes, bears, mountain lions...?
And last, I was planning to bring my laptop with me. Is that a stupid idea considering the fact we are gonna spend some night at tent
Thanks all, as u can see im totally new on this and trying to ask advices and google stuff I dont know...:)