I am new to this website and was reading through some of the summer road trips that are planned and thought I would post to get some feedback on the road trip that my girlfriend and I have planned. We have the dates and locations planned out pretty well just not many activities. We wanted to leave room for planning on the fly with the exception of a few things that are listed below. The spots where we don't have tons planned are at Grand Canyon, Big Sur, Zion, and Moab. We are planning on taking our mountain bikes with us and camping in most locations. All locations that have a camping listed have reserved campsites. Any feedback on the plan, roadside America must do's and don'ts, or any suggestions to make this road trip a success would be appreciated.
Day 1 & 2 - Drive to Grand Canyon arriving on Day two. Plan on arriving as early as possible the second day.
Day 3 and 4 - Spend the day at the Grand Canyon at the South Rim camp ground. Any suggestions on things we must do? We would like to hike down one of the trails a few miles to get a different perspective on the canyon and will also ride our bikes along some of the paved rim trails.
Day 5 - Drive to Yosemite and camping at Tuolomne Meadows
Day 6 - Spend day in Tuolomne Meadows - Open for suggestions on what to do
Day 7 - Drive to Yosemite Valley and backpack up to Little Yosemite Valley
Day 8 - Hike Half Dome and back out to Yosemite valley returning to Tuolomne Meadows (I believe that sense we have a wilderness permit we are able to camp somewhere in Yosemite Valley near the trail head if we did not want to drive back to Tuolomne Meadows which might make it easier for next leg of the trip)
Day 9 - Spend day at Yosemite and Drive to Monterey mid-afternoon staying in Hotel
Day 10 - Spend Day in Monterey and go to the Aquarium, Any suggestions for other things to do?
Day 11 - Drive along Highway 1 and Big Sur spending the day in various locations ending in Bakersfield, CA to stay the night. Suggestions on place to visit or beaches to hang out on?
Day 12 - Drive Kabersfield to Zion and camp
Day 13 - Spend Day in Zion -
Day 14 - Leave mid afternoon to Moab - camping/hotel/hostel
Day 15 - Planned rappelling into caverns near Moab
Day 16 - Rafting in the morning
Day 17 - Drive to Denver
Day 18 - Drive to Wichita