I'm planning a road trip this summer with my 2 kids (18,14 yo boys). We have been dreaming about renting an RV and will try to make this happen this summer. We're Norwegians and have never been to the west of USA (but not first trip to US). I have been looking at a route and sights to see and have so far ended up with this route I made in Google Maps.
The approximate daily stopovers are marked in yellow ballons. But they are just approximate stopover places to limit the amount of driving every day since the exact stopover places are yet not defined. Start and stop points are marked with purple ballons. Blue ballons are just some via-points needed to make Google Maps choose right way.
It's basically Denver - Las Vegas - San Francisco - Los Angeles in 3 weeks with some days without driving in Las Vegas (2 days), San Francisco (3 days) & Los Angeles (5 days). I have looked up RV rentals and the optimal would be a standard size (even if compact would be enough) and a one way rental. I don't assume that I will be driving the whole route with RV. Right now I guess we will drive Denver -> San Francisco with RV. Then stay a few days in SF and drive with normal car to Los Angeles.
Before I write this route in stone I would appreciate comments on things I should reconsider. E.g:
- Change of route
- Too fast/too slow
- Sights to see along route
I have tried to set up a day to day plan which is:
Day1: Landing in Denver around 8:30 pm. Stay over at hotel.
Day2: RV pickup and driving Denver to Salida (Google says 3h27mins)
- Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods
Day3: Salida to Ouray (3h40mins)
- Black Canyon
Day4: Ouray to Dennehotso (3h59mins)
- Red Mountain Pass, Mesa Verde
Day5: Dennehotso to Cameron (4h28mins)
- Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, (Maybe:The Wave - Sand Hills & Rainbow Bridge)
Day6: Cameron to Seligman (3h02mins)
- Desert View Point by Grand Canyon & Grand Canyon Village
Day7: Seligman to Las Vegas (3h00mins)
- Hoover Dam
Day8: Las Vegas
Day9: Las Vegas to Lone Pine (4h23mins)
- Death Valley
Day10: Lone Pine to Topaz Lake (3h46mins)
- Mono Lake, Bodie Ghost Town
Day11: Topaz Lake to San Francisco (4h20mins)(deliver RV)
- El Dorado, Coloma (gold rush sites)
Day12: San Francisco
Day13: San Francisco
Day14: San Francisco
Day15: San Francisco to Cambria (4h23mins) (rental car)
- Silicon Valley, Carmel (Maybe: detour to Pigeon Point Light Station, Santa Cruz and follow coast)
Day16: Cambria to Los Angeles (4h06mins)
Day17: Los Angeles
Day18: Los Angeles
Day19: Los Angeles
Day20: Los Angeles
Day21: Los Angeles
Day22: Flying home from Los Angeles
Would really appreciate and suggestions, tips etc.