From the 17th October i will be traveling from San Francisco to various points of interest in the South West Region (California, Nevada and Arizona). At 18 years of age i have put myself in charge of choosing the route and destinations despite the fact that i am not the one driving and have not had much experience traveling in the past! So i want to make sure that i have not made any terrible mistakes when planning the route! <br>
All three of us that are going have decided that we want the trip to be mostly outdoors, off the tourist trail (as much as we can without missing the great national parks) and plenty of hiking involved.
I have put a link that shows the whole route with the blue markers as the places we will stay for a few nights and the red cameras as places we are stopping for a break. There is few routes on the map that go across places like the Del Puerto Canyon and Death Valley national park which are places that we would like to see when driving. <br>
Here is a list of the places we are stopping and for how long:
San Francisco - 2 Nights
Yosemite National Park - 2 Nights
Near Mammoth Lakes (hiking to Thousand Island Lakes and maybe camping there with a permit) - 3 Nights
Mount Charleston (acts as a break so we don't end up driving over 10 hours to our next destination) - 1 Night
Supai, Grand Canyon (one of the reasons we chose to go to USA for a holiday because of the great hike there and back, the brilliant waterfalls and the village atmosphere.) - 3 Nights
Sedona area - 3 Nights
Anza-Borrego State Park - 2 Nights
Big Sur - 2 Nights
San Francisco Again - 1 Night
Thank you all for reading :) I am interested to know if the places we are staying are alright and what places might be a better choice (bearing in mind we are trying to keep off the tourist trail and away from cities etc...). I am also interested to know if the routes i have taken are good choices and whether we are going out of our way to drive through somewhere that is not as interesting as it seems.
Any help would be appreciated,