I am new to this forum but I have been reading the posts related to my upcoming trip for a month now. We are planning a road trip from San Francisco to Phoenix from Sept 5 to Sept 14th. Using the wonderful information you provided in these forums I have planned to take the following routes as my main objective is to go though the most scenic roads:
Day 1 and 2: San Francisco.
Day 3: Leave early in the morning and take route 1 along the coast to Big Sur. Then
SR- 156 to SR-152 to SR-99 to SR-145 to SR-41, through Coarsegold and Oakhurst to the park.
Stay overnight in a hotel somewhere in Fish Camp.
Day 4: SR-41 to SR-120 over Tioga Pass, explore Yosemite, stay overnight in a hotel in June Lake area
Day 5: Down US-395 to SR-136 to SR-190 into Death Valley. Spend the night at the Furnace Creek
Day 6: Take CA-190 past Furnace Creek out to the Death Valley Junction, turn left (east) on State Line Road -- this turns into Ash Meadows Road, Bell Vista Avenue at NV-160, turn right (south) and follow it all the way through town and all the way over to I-15 and then north into downtown Las Vegas.
Day7: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon (south Rim) via 93/40/ 64 or are there alternative more scenic routes?
Day 8: down 89 to 17 to Phoenix
Day 9: Phoenix
Day 10: Phoenix
I need help with the last few days of the trip. Please help me plan the trip to the Grand Canyon, I cannot decide if it is better to stay overnight in Las Vegas (we have been there numerous times) or try to continue towards the Grand Canyon and spend the night somewhere on the way. Do you have any suggesting for a nice scenic route on the way to the GC with a ‘hidden gem’ type of place for an overnight stay?
Is route 66 from Kingman to Seligman worth going through? Even going further on 18 and spending the night in that area?
Please also let me know if my driving plan seems reasonable, is there something I should change?
Your help is greatly appreciated.