My fiance and I are planning a road trip for our honeymoon in California in July/August. We have already got loads of great advise from the forum here so thanks to everybody for that. The total length of our trip is 25 days
Our itinerary so far is:
Arrive LA 23rd July
LA 2 days
PCH 3 days (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey)
San Francisco 3 days
Napa/Sonoma 3 days
Lake Tahoe 2 Days
Yosemite 2 days
Death Valley 1 day
Las Vegas 2-3 days
Grand Canyon 1 day
Departing Vegas 16th August
As you can see we have a number of days left and we are trying to decide where best to spend an extra few days. We have confirmed our hotels as far as San Francisco so that part is fixed.
A little bit about us, we are both from Ireland and have travelled in other parts of the US a couple of times. We have fairly broad interests and love american culture. We want to get to see the major tourist sites but also also enjoy smaller towns particularly during weekends if there is some night life. (We both enjoy live music) We are not into long hiking trips but do enjoy nice walks. We love our food though and seeking out nice restaurants is always part of our trips.
Some specific questions:
Wine Country - We both like wine but think 3 days would probably be enough for us in Napa or Sonoma, are there other areas worth visiting in this area?
Wine Country to Tahoe or Yosemite - Is it worth building in a day on this leg of the trip any places particularly worth a visit?
Yosemite - We will be staying outside of the Park and have been looking at either Groveland or Mariposa, any suggestions/ recommendation on which would be better?
Yosemite - Death Valley - Vegas - Should we allow 2 days here?
Grand Canyon - Where is the best place to stay for a night close to the canyon?
Also given we are travelling in July/August how important is it to book accommodation in advance, we are fine with Motels in many places and have never had a problem in other parts of the US but is are there any particular places that we would definitely need to book?
Would welcome any suggestions on the questions above or the trip in general.
Thanks to all in advance,