I'm planning to take the wife and two girls (15 & 9) in a big cadillac for an 18 day summer tour, flying in/out of Vegas and taking in San Francisco and LA. We all have different angles on what we want out of this though !! This will be a once in a life time trip, so I want to see John Wayne's Wild West (I'm 53), the girls want to see Hollywood, Disney and the girlie stuff.................and the wife wants some time round a pool ! But we all want to see the great American scenery, and visit the obvious places like Alcatraz. Here's my itinerary :
Days 1-2 : Arrive mid-afternoon Las Vegas - stay 2 nights.
Day 3 : Via Death Valley, 1 night stay in perhaps Mammoth Lake Area (any ideas?)
Days 4 -5 : Yosemite via Tioga Pass. Stay 2 nights at Yosemite.
Days 6-9 : San Francisco. Stay 3 nights.
Day 10 : South on Highway One : Stay roughly half way for 1 night. (any ideas)?
Days 11-14. Los Angeles : Stay 4 nights.
Day 15 : Drive direct to Vegas, perhaps via Calico ghost town
Days 16 to 18 : Las Vegas (possible option of a night at Grand Canyon). Fly out late afternoon.
I've spent a lot of time on this fantastic site, but the amount of information is truly staggering. I would appreciate an informed view on this itinerary. There must be either room for improvement, or maybe some places which are just unmissable which need pointing out to me. Also, I'm aware that it is easy to over-estimate travel times. Any advice truly appreciated. Thankyou.