I have just joined Road trip America and would like to say hello to everyone first!!
We are planning our first trip to the west coast.
We love Disney and are members of the Disney Vacation Club(DVC) and have already booked some accommodation through them. But we need help in many other areas!!
We leave London on the 1st August 2010 and are staying in San Francisco for 3 nights. On the Wednesday 4th August we are hoping to hire a car/rv and drive to Yosemite. We are not sure whether to get a convertible or a suv/ bigger car. I would prefer a convertible, but don't know if this is practical. There are 3 of us, me, my husband and our 11 year old son. We will be using the car for our whole trip so will have our luggage with us and loads of souvenirs!!
We were going to then stay in Yosemite for 1 night, then drive to Death Valley for another night. We have DVC accommodation booked in Vegas from the 6th - 11th Aug. So only have 2 nights to spare in between San Francisco and Vegas.
I have been looking at what to do in Yosemite and it looks stunning and I am now thinking that 1 night is not enough!
Should we just drive through Death Valley or maybe visit it when in Vegas and spend the 2 nights in Yosemite?
I have also been looking at accommodation in Yosemite and even tried to book, but there are not many places left in the valley. Any suggestions would be great! We don't want somewhere plush, just clean, comfortable and friendly, especially the beds....the beds have to be clean!! (No brown smelly pillows and stained mattresses..urgh!!!)
We love wildlife and walking and must see the sequoia trees (The huge ones)...somewhere!! is Mariposa too far out?
We'd also love to see chipmunks..anyone know of the best place to see them ?!!!
We want to drive along the Tioga Pass when leaving Yosemite and then down to see a place called 'Tom's Place' (as my son is called Tom) and then head to Death Valley. I have seen that the driving time is 6 hours for Death valley from Yosemite, is it worth the diversion?
Any advice will be much appreciated. We are so excited about this trip!!
We also will need advice after leaving Vegas but I'll ask about that later!