My girlfriend and I are both aged 21 and planning a road trip based around visiting Las Vegas, San Francisco and LA with various other stops in between in June this year.
We have based our trip around this one from the forums: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum...rancisco-Vegas.
This is the basic plan we are following:
1º LA airport, land late and sleeping at nearby Hotel. (Already booked)
2º Pick up hire car, travel to Vegas early, going to the theatres and casinos etc (Staying in the Encore, already booked)
3º Another day in vegas (Staying in the Encore, already booked)
4º Lunch at a good Vegas restaurant and travel to Death Valley (Furnace Creek)
5º Death Valley
6º Travel to Mammoth Lakes
7º Mammoth Lakes > Tioga Pass and Mariposa grove
8º Glacier Point and the Valley floor (Yosemite)
9º Travel to San Francisco - Union Square, Coit tower and Pier 39
10º Alcatraz and cable cars, SF at night
11º Chinatown and travel to Santa Cruz
12º Travel to Big Sur and San Simeon (Hearst Castle)
13º Travel to Santa Barbara, Malibu and Santa Monica
14º Travel to LA - Huntington Beach, Laguna beach, LA at night
15º Travel to San Diego
16º Day in San Diego > back to LA (or possibly in the morning on day 17)
17º flight home from LA > London
We are wondering whether the time spent in Death Valley is worth it for us, we are going in mid-June and having read information on the internet it seems that the temperatures are extremely high. If the weather is so hot we are unable to explore the area it may not be the best way to spend our time. We were thinking it may be more suitable to spend more time in the Las Vegas area and perhaps visit the Grand Canyon, and then head straight to Mammoth Lakes to explore Yosemite, or head straight from Vegas on day 4 to Mammoth Lakes and later have more time to explore the California coast or Yosemite. However, is it more sensible to take Death Valley as a good place to stay as a part of our trip in order to avoid seriously long drive times like the one between LV and Mammoth Lakes (6.5 hours according to GoolgeMaps)? And would we be really missing out on some spectacular scenery etc that we could find in Death Valley?
Other than that, any other thoughts on the rest of our itinerary?