I'll be a 28 year old British guy doing my first big road trip in the states from March 26 - May 10. I've worked out a very rough itinerary but it's completely subject to change especially if I could find people to travel with who have different plans - since a trip of this length in a hired car is going to cost an absolute fortune!
But failing that, I'd appreciate any advice you guys could give me. If I'd be spending too much time in some places, missing some gems, trying to cram in too much, etc.!
I'm working on the assumption that I'll be flying both in and out of San Francisco to avoid the one-way car rental surcharge, plus it seems to create a bit of a loop.
Here is the rough plan:
San Francisco - 4 nights
SF-Lake Tahoe - 1 night (inc. 3-4 hours driving)Lake Tahoe - 1 night
Lake Tahoe - Yosemite - 1 night (inc. 4-5 hours driving)Yosemite - 2 nights
Yosemite - Death Valley - 1 night (inc. 5-6 hours driving)Death Valley - 1 night
Death Valley - Zion - 1 night (inc. 6 hours driving)Zion - 2 nights
Zion - Bryce - 1 night (inc. 2 hours driving)Bryce - 1 night
Bryce - Canyonlands - 1 night (inc. 4-5 hours driving)Canyonlands/Arches - 2 nights
Arches - Monument Valley - 1 night (inc. 2-3 hours driving)Mesa Verde - 1 night
Monument Valley -(via Four Corners)- Mesa Verde - 1 night (inc. 2-3 hours driving)
Mesa Verde - Santa Fe - 1 night (inc. 4-5 hours driving)Santa Fe - 2 nights
Santa Fe -(via Roswell)- Carlsbad Caverns - 1 night (inc. 5-6 hours driving)Carlsbad Caverns - 2 night
Carlsbad Caverns - Bisbee/Tombstone - 1 night (inc. 7-8 hours driving)Tucson - 1 night
Bisbee -(via Saguaro NP)- Tucson - 1 night (inc. 2 hours driving)
Tucson - San Diego - 1 night (inc. 6 hours driving)San Diego - 3 nights
San Diego - Los Angeles - 1 night (inc. 2-3 hours driving)Los Angeles - 3 nights
Los Angeles -(by PCH, via Big Sur)- San Francisco - 3 nightsSan Francisco - 1 night
This adds up to 43 days which would give me a couple of days leeway for staying in a place an extra night, car breaking down, getting lost, etc!
I'd appreciate any thoughts! :)