I want to fly into the Grand Canyon area, and rent a nice, comfortable car or suv, but I am a little unsure what exactly I will encounter along the way as this will be my first time west of the Mississippi. My wife and I want to see Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Yosemite National Park, Redwood National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, and anything else we might be leaving out, including a little of Rt 66, that is concievable within a 4-5 day trip. We are avid Hikers and been through the Apps (Cumberland Gap, Red River Gorge, etc.) so we naturally would love to experience some of the sites not accessible by paved roads. Would it be easier to depart from San Francisco, or loop back instead of zig-zagging across? We are planning this to be a mid-to-late November trip. Any advice on routes, sites, lodging, or other must-sees would be greatly appreciated.