We're planning a road trip around California at the end of May/start of June 2010. We're planning on flying into LA, spending one night, then driving to Las Vegas.
From LV we'd like to visit the Grand Canyon. What's the best way to do this?
From LV we'd like to drive up to Yosemite, doing the journey in a couple of days, with a stop off over night. What's the most sensible way to do this? We'd like to go via Death Valley but we're also aware that we'll be going in the height of the summer heat - is this sensible/feasible? (we've heard that you can't use your air-con?!?)
If possible we'd also like to go via Kings Canyon - would this work in our time frames? Do you have any ideas of where's a good place to stop off overnight in between LV and Yosemite?
Having looked at the ever faithful Google maps, the most obvious route seems to be 95 from LV, onto the 190 through Death Valley, North on the 395 and then into Yosemite on the 120 - is this nice? and seem sensible for time-frames?
I've heard that accommodation at Yosemite is quite expensive. Is there a cheaper option? Can you camp if you haven't bought your own equipment?
From Yosemite, we plan to drive to San Fran and spend a few days there. From here we intend to take a leisurely drive (6-7 days) along the coast to LA. Can you recommend any good stop off destinations en route?