Me and my wife are planning to spend our two week vacation on a small road trip in the south-west USA. I'd like to share the trip schedule with you to hear your comments and suggestions. Especially we'd like to know if there are some more interesting places to see on our way which we shouldn't miss. Here's the plan:
Day 1 - Arrive to the USA at Los Angeles Airport at 1 PM, pick up the car, go to hotel to take some rest after long flight. If not too tired go and see Hollywood sign and Walk Of Fame.
Day 2 - Get up early to drive from LA to Havasupai. This simple way tiny.pl/hthp1 or this, more complicated tiny.pl/hthpj to see Joshua Tree Park. Or, as a third option, tiny.pl/hthpp - through Mojave desert. Please advise which way to choose. Because of this day's distance, I think we'll not have much time for longer stops, rather enjoying views from car. Sleep in the car on Hualapai Hill Top.
Day 3 - Start hike to Supai village with first sun rays or even earlier. Spend day at Supai village, enjoying waterfalls. Sleep in a campground.
Day 4 - Early hike back to the car. Ride to Monument Valley tiny.pl/hthpk. Sightseeing Monument Valley by car. Sleep in Mitten View Campground.
Day 5 - Ride to Arches Park tiny.pl/hthp2. Small hike in the Park. Sleep on the campground.
Day 6 - Ride from Arches to Kanab or Fredonia tiny.pl/hthp8. Anything interesting in this route? Or better go this way: tiny.pl/hthps ? Sleep in a motel in Kanab or Fredonia.
Day 7 - In the morning try in Kanab to obtain a permit to go to Paria area next day. After that go to see Horseshoe Bend. Any other ideas for this day?
Day 8 - Hike in Paria area (if we got a permit) to see The Wave and at least entrance of Buckskin Gulch slot canyon. After returning to the car go as far west as possible towards California. Any propositions where to spend the night?
Day 9 - Go to Sequoia Park. After that ride to San Francisco. Hope to find cheap place to sleep not far from SF center.
Day 10 and 11 - SF sightseeing. Golden Gate bridge, Union Square, Japan Town, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Painted Ladies, cable car ride. All other propositions welcome :)
Day 12 and 13 - ride to LA along Highway #1. Propositions of must-see objects and where to stay for a night welcome :) Maybe we'll stop for a while to spend some time on the beach. Which beach would you recommmend as scenic, nice and calm?
Day 14 - LA sightseeing - not sure what to see during one day. Maybe we'll just go to the beach :) Oh, and ofcourse we have to find place to sleep.
Day 15 - early morning drop the car at the LA airport and fly home.
This is our plan. We've been on one road trip five years ago and now we'd like to see what we missed that time. So, we've seen Grand Canyon north ans south rim, Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Death Valley.
If you know some more interesting places on our route, please let us know. One more thing: I'm a photography maniac so I'd be interested in interesting places for great shots.
Thank you in advance for all your suggestions and informations.