Hi! I got some help from this forum already for this trip, but things have changed so much that I will post the new plan.
My wife and I are taking our suburban on this trip from July 9-19, but we may leave on the tenth. I have attached a link to the proposed trip. For the cool weather areas, we plan to camp. We like hiking, waterfalls, scenery, historic things, antiques, photography, and coffee.
I am thinking maybe one to three days spent in hotels. Maybe one in Vegas, and one of them being the day before we go home and maybe one in between depending on our moods :-). I guess I am looking for suggestions on places to see and visit along this path as well as scheduling. Here are some of our preferences:
1. We want to spend a BRIEF time in Death Valley, like just a drive and some pictures (we are trying to escape the heat!).
2. We would like a bulk of our time to be spent camping and hanging around Tioga Pass and Yosemite.
3. We want to see some huge Sequoias, but don't know the best place to view/hike/camp among them.
4. We prefer not to drive at night since we want to take in the scenery.
Please view my map and offer suggestions on what to expect or what to do, route modifications, where to camp/stay etc. I have not allocated where to be on what days yet, so nothing is set in stone. I picked some of the later roads simply because they "looked more scenic" on the map! Oh and Flagstaff on the way home is totally bypass-able. Thanks in advance for your expertise and advice!