Please forgive a " newbie's" naivety - just booked UK return to San Fran in early May 2011 - looking to "do" the usual route ie San Fran - Yosemitie - Death Valley - Las Vegas - perhaps Zion and Bryce - Grand Canyon then a couple of days chill perhaps in Palm Springs/LA area.
Have got 20 days and already thinking thats not enough so will have to compromise.
Original thoughts were something like 3/4 Days San Fran - 2/3 Days Yosemitie - 2 Days Yosemitie to Las Vegas via Death Valley - 2 Days Las Vegas - 4 Days Zion/Bryce/Grand Canyon loop - 3/4 Days Palm Springs/coast chill-out prior to LA to San Fran flight on last day.
From reading various posts seems almost certain that Yosemitie to Death Valley could involve a long drive as Tioga/Sonora and others might not be passable.
Our main objective is spectacular scenery - am lucky to have airmiles from a "previous life" and am considering missing out Death Valley, backtracking to San Fran from Yosemitie, a flight to Las Vegas and spending more time on Zion/Bryce/GC loop - basically my question - is it worth missing out on Death Valley for some extra time in Zion/Bryce?
Any thoughts/guidance greatfully received.
Possibly I'm suffering from "info overload" from a great site and need someone in the know to point me in the right direction from the outset!!!!
Looking forward to a great trip