Hi There! Have registered after reading what seems like hundreds of threads about sections of the above route!
We are currently trying to tie down an itinerary for a road trip to the above locations this September. It will be me and my husband (both aged 29) and my mother (a young and healthy 63). We love the outdoors but do want to experience LV and SF. We could extend the trip by a day if needed.
I'd love it if you would look at our first draft of an itinarary and let me know if I've been wildly unrealistic!
Day 1 Arrive SF
Day 2 &3 Spend in SF
Day4 Spend Driving down to Big Sur and stay the night somewhere like San Luis Obispo
Day 5 Spend day in/around SLO then drive to Santa Monica
Day 6 Spend in Santa Monica
Day 7 do day trip to LA from Santa Monica
Day 8 Drive to Las Vegas
Day 9 Spend in Las Vegas
Day 10 Drive to Grand Canyon
Day 11 Spend in Grand canyon
Day 12 Drive to Hoover Dam and stay somewhere nearby
Day 13 Stay somewhere
day 14 Drive to and stay at Furnace Creek
Day 15 Spend day around furnace Creek
Day 16 Drive to Housekeeping camp Yosemite and spend night there
Day 17 Drive to Lake Tahoe
Day 18 Spend day around Lake Tahoe
Day 19 Drive to SF airport (unsure if we need to stay this night as flights not sorted yet.
A few specific questions
1. Does this all sound plausible in terms of having enough time to enjoy everything? I don't want us to spend most of the holiday driving however, we love scenic drives so don't mind driving a bit longer down to Big Sur or through the national parks. I have tried to keep to a max of 5 hours driving per day. There are two of us to share the driving but I will do the most of it.
2. Is Lake Tahoe worth 2 nights? I have picked it as a halfway point on the way back to SF for the flight home but would happily take suggestions for alternatives. Perhaps it would be better to extend our stay in Yosemite?
3.Not very interested in LA but would like to do the chinese theatre, rodeo drive etc so thought a coach trip/similar from Santa Monica would be better-want to avoid driving there as much as possible!
4. Hoover Dam seems a sensible stopping distance from Grand canyon to Death Valley but I have no idea where to stay! Any suggestions would be welcome