I'm visiting the West Coast in September and I'm planning a trip of a bit under 2 weeks from LA. It's my first visit to the West Coast so I could really use some help with planning!
My current plan is the following:
Day 1: Drive LA - Flagstaff. Stay in Flagstaff 2 nights.
Day 2: Visit Grand Canyon South rim
Day 3: Drive Flagstaff - Monument Valley - Moab. Stay Moab 3 nights.
Days 4-5: Visit Canyonlands / Arches
Day 6: Drive Moab - Bryce Canyon, stay nearby 1 night.
Day 7: Drive Bryce - Zion, visit Zion. Stay Springdale 1 night.
Day 8: Drive Zion - Las Vegas
Day 9: Drive through Death Valley, stay somewhere (not sure where)
Day 10: Drive to Visalia, stay 2 nights
Day 11: Sequoia / Kings Canyon
Day 12: Sequoia / Kings Canyon, then drive to LA.
Originally I wasn't going to include Canyonlands / Arches, but there's a cheap hostel in Moab so I figured it would make a good and cheap base to spend a few nights, and Canyonlands and Arches both sounds really good (cost is a key factor - I don't want the cost of this trip to be too much, so with car rental already costing quite a lot I'm trying to keep the rest down)
Of course I'm worried I'm trying to fit too much into too short a time, with days 6-10 having quite a lot of driving. I could probably extend the trip a day (or possibly even two), but otherwise I don't know which places I would skip.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.