We are planning our second roadtrip in the US (in summer of 2012). This time we plan on flying into Denver, CO and staying there for about 2 days. From Denver we drive the mountains and head to Monument valley & Grand Canyon. Next major stops will be Las Vegas, San Diego, LA (1 day only), Yosemite (via Pacific coast highway), Napa Valley, San Francisco.
Our group will consist of four adults (two first-timers) and one baby-traveller so I guess this needs to be kept in mind when planning our daily driving stretches.
My main concern is the timing. I guess four weeks will be enough for the trip if we keep moving in steady pace. Based on our previous trip, I'm aware that there will be numerous "extra sights" the road will bring to us. So we need to be careful with our possible alternating decisions.
Last time we decided to drive past Sedona. Will this be a must-see spot for us this time? Will it offer us something that the Rockies won't in terms of activities (swimming, fishing...)? Are there things that we absolutely need to see while driving from Denver to Monument valley?
At the moment we are trying to connect Las Vegas and San Diego in an exiting way. Our last trip took us from LA to LV on I 15. It that the road will should take this time as well or do the alternative routes offer something that we should not miss? Any suggestions? :)
Before flying home, we want to stay in SF for 2-3 days since we absolutely fell in love with the city. When driving to SF (from Yosemite), we plan on curving in from the north. We would like to make a brief visit to one of the vineyards. Are there any chances for us to see some sequoias or would that take us too far form the Bay area?
All ideas, comments and suggestions are appreciated. I'm sorry for having so many questions! :)
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