Me and my husband are planning a US California Roadtrip next May/June (2011). I've had a look at some other threads on here, and hoped i could get advice/ideas on one potential route we had in mind!
Fly into SF spend 3/4 nights there
drive down the coast road to santa barbara over 2-3 days stopping off in places (carmel and monteray have been suggested to us)
Drive to Vegas and spend 3/4 nights there.
From vegas to Death valley for a night
From death valley up to yosemite for a few nights
Back to SF to fly home
Is this route realistic in 15/16 days?
couple of other quick questions....
reading around the forum i have seen mentioned that there is a mountain road from death valley to yosemite that opens may/june time, and if this is shut we will need to take the southern mountain road to get there...Is the road generally open by May or is it better to wait for June?
We would like to hire convertible for our trip - can anyone recommend the best value place to go to for US car hire? And also, although this sort of car would be nice for the coast road (we've been told) would it be suitable for the rest of the trip?
Any advice would be most welcome! we've not done anything like this before and so many potential places to visit - its difficult to narrow it down to a 2 week holiday!