My family (me, husband and 3 teenagers) will be renting an RV for a road trip on the US west coast in January 2012. Having researched sites such as this one, I now have a pretty good idea of the itinerary and time frame needed.
We have just under three weeks to achieve the following -
Fly into San Francisco
Drive down Highway 1 to LA
Continue down to San Diego
Drive inland to Las Vegas (Grand Canyon?)
Return to San Fran via Death Valley?
My main concern is now with the weather. I'm pretty sure that the temp will be OK on the coast, however, I think it might be too cold to venture to the South rim of the Grand Canyon. (I would prefer not to have the RV winterized.) I'm thinking it might be better to spend more time on the coast and do a helicopter tour of the West rim on the canyon when we get to Las Vegas.
I am also keen on driving through the desert areas. One thought is to drive from San Diego through Joshua Tree Nat Park, then through Mojave Preserve and into Las Vegas. We could then drive through Death Valley on our way to San Francisco.
Do you think this is possible as I know deserts can get very cold at night.
I would be grateful for any advice.