I'm busy planning a road trip for myself and my boyfriend (both from the UK) for late June-early July this year. We have 18 days and want to see a lot, have been wanting to do this for years! I've planned out a detailed route partly with the help of this brilliant website (thanks!) but now am finalising and wanted to check it was realistic.
Day 1 - arrive LA late pm
Day 2-3 - around LA
Day 4 - LA to Palm Springs via Palms to Pines Highway - 150 miles
Day 5 - Palm Springs to Las Vegas via Joshua Tree NP - 220 miles
Day 6 - Las Vegas to Williams, Route 66 - 230 miles
Day 7 - Williams to Bluff, via Grand Canyon South Rim, Cameron, Monument Valley - 280 miles
Day 8 - Bluff to Durango, Durango to Silverton on San Juan Skyway, Silverton to Monticello on CO-145 & US-491 - total 300 miles
Day 9 - Monticello to Tropic via Capitol Reef National Park and Escalante (on UT-95, UT-24 & UT-12) - 300 miles
Day 10 - Tropic to Las Vegas - 250 miles
Day 11 - Las Vegas to Bishop via Death Valley - 280 miles
Day 12 - Bishop to Yosemite NP via Tioga Pass (stay night in Mariposa) - 200 miles
Day 13 - Mariposa to San Francisco - 160 miles
Day 14 - 15 San Francisco
Day 16 - SF to San Simeon - 200 miles
Day 17 - San Simeon to LA - 200 miles
Day 18 - depart LA am
I've been working out distances/time on GoogleMaps and I'm aware that on days 7 to 9 especially we're covering a lot of ground. The towns we stay in for the mid part of the trip are less important than what we see whilst driving - I just want to make sure I'm being sensible in terms of the distance we can cover as it is my boyfriend driving/me navigating, we're not sharing the driving (I don't have a license, he enjoys driving). We'll be sensible in terms of lots of breaks and setting off early but I'd love to have some reassurance from experienced road trippers that we won't be struggling to cover the miles and exhausting ourselves.
My only other question is what type of rental car would you recommend we opt for? We'll be doing a lot of freeway driving but also roads like the Tioga Pass and some twisty roads in Colorado/Utah so would an 'Intermediate' rental car be suitable or do we need something more specific?
Thanks for any help you can offer!