Hello to everybody,
I'm new member to this incredible forum. I've spent lots of time reading your forums, got a lot of good information and it helped me to get my roadtrip planned. I know my route is probably the most popular in this forum, I've read so much threads about it, i won't be asking what to see and what to do during my trip, I've made itinerary by myself, but of course would like to hear comments, suggestions regarding it from more experienced roadtripers like you, since my trip will be slightly different than most other similar itinerary trips (you'll see) and also it will be my first roadtrip in States (been here before, but not on the roadtrip).
We're a couple from Lithuania, in our mid 20's, already got plane tickets (it will be in September'2011, i posted in summer trip forum, because i consider it still as a summer trip) and here's my plan:
day 1 (Sep 5): arriving to LAX (very late, about 11pm or even later), car rental and then going the same night to Las Vegas. We don't plan to take any hotel in LA area, because i know that due to different time zones i would wake up at 3am and it won't be long sleep anyway. Is that bad idea not to take a hotel after such a long flight, since I will be the only driver during the whole trip?
day 2 (Sep 6): arriving to Las Vegas in the morning. There will be our major goal in Las Vegas- we plan to get married here, that's why the first point is Las Vegas. We stay and overnight in Las Vegas that day.
day 3 (Sep 7): stay and overnight in Las Vegas. We hope it will be enough 2 days to get prepared for the marriage (license at marriage bureau and finding wedding chapel) since Las Vegas has a developed marriage service.
day 4 (Sep 8): early in the morning leaving Las Vegas, off to Zion NP via Valley of fire state park (plan to stay couple of hours there). Arriving to Zion NP and having our time there (enough time for Zion?). Overnight in Hurricane or Kanab town. Which one would be a better idea?
day 5 (Sep 9): early in the morning leaving and going to Bryce canyon (either from Hurricane or Kanab towns?), time for sightseeing in Bryce canyon and then going to Page, AZ, overnight in Page.
day 6 (Sep 10): early in the morning leaving and going to Antelope canyon (spend short time there?), Horseshoe bend and then to Grand Canyon south rim, time to see the canyon. Planning to overnight in Flagstaff, AZ.
day 7 (Sep 11): I know that Sedona is near to Flagstaff, is it worth for visiting? early in the morning leaving for Death Valley? Maybe visiting Rhyolite ghost town? Here i'm not sure regarding overnight place that wouldn't be to pricey, of course we don't need anything fancy. Maybe Beatty, NV?
day 8 (Sep 12): going to Mammoth lakes, Mono lake. Not sure regarding overnight place, maybe Mono city, CA. Any suggestions?
day 9 (Sep 13): early in the morning going to Yosemite NP, spend our time there and than going to Jamestown,CA via Tiogga Pass.
day 10 (Sep 14): going to San Francisco, overnight in SF.
day 11 (Sep 15): time in SF area.
day 12 (Sep 16): leaving SF in the morning, going through Pacific coast highway. Overnight in Monterey. Is that good idea for overnight place?
day 13 (Sep 17): leaving Monterey going to Santa Barbara via PCH. Overnight somewhere in that area.
day 14 (Sep 18): going on PCH to Laguna beach. As you see we split our trip on highway 1 to 3 days. Is that a good idea or maybe 2 days would be fairly enough? Sleeping in Monterey and Santa Barbara area are just initial choices, maybe there would be other better choices how to split PCH trip?
day 15 (Sep 20): time in LA, overnight in LA
day 16 (Sep 21): flight back home from LAX
As you see, we're missing Sep 19 - i did that intentionally. That would be 1 extra day for all unexpected situations. By knowing that we have 1 extra day in our reserve we could take our time in one of the points longer.
What do you think about my plan. Your comments and suggestions are very needful and appreciated. Trip plan is based from what I've read in this forum and other places.