I'm at the start of planning a 3 week road trip with my partner.
In summary, our goal is to land as Los Angeles, travel north up the famous highway 1 to San Francisco, head east through Yosemite then down to Las Vegas, with some time to visit the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.
I've done lots(!) of reading on here and realise this is a very popular route - which certainly helps from the planning aspect.
There's so much to do - in fact, what was originally a 2 week trip has now been extended to 3 weeks as we felt we were trying to cram too much in!
However, I'm concerned whether we are still trying to fit too much in. I'm a keen driver and happy with lengthy trips behind the wheel. I'm also keen to explore the natural wonders, and want to see some of real small town America (ideally not just tourist 'hot spots' and the big cities), & visit a ghost town. My partner is also a theme park enthusiast so we've scheduled some time to cater for this as well (which will help serve as a break from the driving).
Day 1-4: Arrive. Explore LA, theme parks, etc.
Day 5: Drive north up highway 1, 1/2 way to S.F. Stay somewhere like Cambria, Pismo beach etc.
Day 6: Drive the rest of the way to San Francisco.
Day 7: Explore SF
Day 8: Plan to visit Alcatraz in the morning, then mid afternoon head towards Yosemite and find a motel (on or near route 120).
Day 9: Explore Yosemite, find another motel near route 395 (possibly around Lee Vining or Mono City - again open to suggestions).
Day 10: Head 1/2 way to Las Vegas & find a motel for the night.
Day 11: Drive the rest of the way to LV.
Day 12-13: Explore LV.
Day 14: Hoover Dam, then drive to Grand Canyon area and find a motel.
Day 15: Grand Canyon
Day 16-18: Drive towards San Diego, exploring & staying in motels along the way.
Day 19: Day & night in San Diego.
Day 20: Head back to LA.
Day 21: Fly home
I've tried to base this on roughly a max of 4 hours driving per day (excluding stops along the way).
Are any of these legs of the journey not feasible, or am I missing anything here?
Also, if there are any "must sees" then please let me know!
Still in the early planning stages so can be very flexible and can easily tweak to get the most from the trip.
Thanks in advance,