My wife and I are looking at a road trip in late October/November 2010. Initially I was planning on starting from LA or Vegas, with several routes in mind. We are both in our 30's and have not been to the US before. I will be hiring an SUV.
The first is:-
Las vegas 4-5 nights (inc grand canyon)
Mammoth Lakes 1 night (via death valley)
Mariposa 3 nights (yosemite visits)
Novato 1 night
Daly City 2-3 nights (visit San Francisco)
Monterey 1 night
Then back to vegas over a couple of days staying over in Motel/hotels
Los Angeles 2-3 nights
Las Vegas 4 nights via death Valley
Mariposa 3 nights (yosemite)
Daly City 3 nights
Monterey 2 nights
Santa Barbara 1 night
Los Angeles 1 night
My other option was to incorporate the hoover dam and more of the grand canyon as opposed to SF.
I know the US is one big place, but are the distances planned too great to travel? is it going to be more of a endurance event than a holiday? Should I spend more time in certain places, or are there places to avoid).
If anyone can help with places to see/go/stay on the journey, or even suggestions of any other routes/changes I would be very grateful.