Hello everyone from Europe, :-)
With a friend and colleague I'll be in San Francisco in March until the 9th and we plan to attach another 8 days for a roadtrip.
I've been studying the area for quite some time already and we know it's not a whole lot of time, but we planned the following stops:
Day 1: SF to Groveland near Yosemite NP (we only have the afternoon, so we just want to drive close to Yosemite to explore it the next day)
Day 2: Route through Yosemite, passing Fresno and sleeping in Bakersfield in the evening (we first planned to use the Tioga Pass Road, but I recently found out that it's closed in Winter. Thank god I switched the route planner to Mapquest, which told me so. ;-) )
Day 3: Passing Red Rock Canyon and the scenic tour through Death Valley to Las Vegas, where we stay for 2 nights
Day 4: Taking it easy, exploring the area around LV (i.e. Lake Mead, more tips are very welcome) and an evening in Vegas, staying the second night there
Day 5: Checking out early to Grand Canyon via Kingman, Historic Route 66 to Seligman, Tusayan, Cameron and sleeping in Page
Day 6: Not fully planned yet, but we wanted to check Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley and wanted to stay in Cedar City for the night
Day 7: Checking Bryce Canyon and Zion NP, staying in Cedar City the second night
Day 8: Doing a hardcore drive only day through Nevada to Carson City, where we stay for the night
Day 9: Enjoying the area around Lake Tahoe and ending the round trip in San Francisco
1) I'm still having problems with day 6. I'm not sure we can make it to Monument Valley without the day becoming overly hectic.
Also, I'm aware that day 8 is hardcore, but we can't leave the car in Las Vegas.
2) I'd like to know more about the daylight time and weather conditions near our stops at that time. Yosemite and Lake Tahoe will be cold and snowy I guess, but what about the others. How warm will it roughly be in Bakersfield, Death Valley, LV, Page, Cedar City and the remaining way through Nevada on the 50?
We're looking forward to your input.