I've been following these forums for a lost couple of months, they're full of useful information, so thanks to everyone for sharing their advice and experience.
My friend and I have a three week trip planned in April/May. We've been pondering possible routes for a while. We face the usual dilemma of squeezing as much sightseeing in as possible while still maintaining the balance of fully enjoying and experiencing what's on offer.
Our latest rough plan is as follows, and we'd appreciate any feedback. Nothing is booked yet, other than the flights in and out of SFO, so there's plenty of room for manoeuvre at the moment. (We currently have two 'spare' days which could use add to an extra stop or add to where we already plan to be).
Day 1 Sat 24 - Arrive SFO 14:20
Day 2 Sun 25 - San Francisco
Day 3 Mon 26 - San Francisco
Day 4 Tue 27 - San Francisco → Yosemite [Overnight TBA Yosemite]
Day 5 Wed 28 - Yosemite [Overnight TBA Yosemite]
Day 6 Thu 29 - Yosemite → Seqoia NP → Lone Pine [overnight Lone Pine or simlar depending on availibity/preference/driving distances]
Day 7 Fri 30 - Lone Pine → Death Valley → Stovepipe Wells [Overnight TBA Stovepipe Wells]
Day 8 Sat 01 - Stovepipe Wells (leave early) → Somewhere near Zion NP [Overnight TBA Zion NP area]
Day 9 Sun 02 - Zion NP → Bryce Canyon [Overnight TBA Bryce Canyon area]
Day 10 Mon 03 - Nr. Bryce → Kanan → Page or similar [Overnight TBA Page or similar depending on availibity/preference/driving distances]
Day 11 Tue 04 - Drive around Page area attractions → Mon. Valley [Overnight TBA near Mon. Valley]
Day 12 Wed 05 - Nr. Mon. Valley → G. Canyon Sth Rim (inc sunset?) [Overnight TBA G. Canyon Village]
Day 13 Thu 06 - G. Canyon Village → G. Canyon (inc sunrise?) → Flagstaff Area [Overnight TBA Flagstaff]
Day 14 Fri 07 - Flagsatff → Kingman → Hoover Dam → Las Vegas [Overnight Las Vegas]
Day 15 Sat 08 - Las Vegas
Day 16 Sun 09 - Las Vegas
Day 17 Mon 10 - Spare
Day 18 Tue 11 - Spare
Day 19 Wed 12 - Flight Las Vegas → LAX → Monteray Bay [Overnight TBA Moneteray Area]
Day 20 Thu 13 - Monteray Bay → San Francisco [Overnight San Francisco]
Day 21 Fri 14 - San Francisco
Day 22 Sat 15 - Depart SFO 16:55
Any advice appreciated, including recommended overnight locations.
We're both in our early 30's, not worried about high quality accommodation, and quite happy doing a few 'long' drives if helps the overall schedule.