Hello RTA forums!
My girlfriend and I were planning on heading to all the destinations in the title from October 5 to October 15. We were making our plans and seem to have everything worked out but I wanted to see if we could squeeze maybe a little more out of it (even though there already seems to be a lot already!)
Day 1 (Oct 5): Leave from Newark, NJ (EWR) and arrive at Denver, CO (DEN) @ 9PM, pick up rental car (small sedan) and head to our hotel for the night (Tivoli Lodge in Vail, CO)
Day 2 (Oct 6): Spend day at Rocky Mountain National Park, back to Tivoli for the night
Day 3 (Oct 7): Leave Colorado in the morning, Arrive in Arches National Park (Moab, UT) to Devil's Garden Campground, camp overnight
Day 4 (Oct 8): Spend day at Arches National Park, leave Moab, UT in early evening and drive to Cedar City, UT. Stay in hotel in Cedar City overnight
Day 5 (Oct 9): Leave Cedar City in the morning, Arrive at Zion National Park. Spend day in Zion, leave early evening to drive to Las Vegas, stay with relatives.
Day 6 (Oct 10): Spend day in Vegas/time with relatives, stay with relatives again.
Day 7 (Oct 11): Leave Vegas very early, drive through/stop by Death Valley National Park, head to and through Yosemite via Tioga Pass, arrive at Yosemite Gateway Inn hotel in Oakhurst, CA.
Day 8 (Oct 12): Spend day in Yosemite National Park, back to hotel
Day 9 (Oct 13): Leave Oakhurst, arrive in San Francisco, stay with relatives
Day 10 (Oct 14): Spend day in San Francisco/time with relatives, stay with relatives again
Day 11 (Oct 15): Drop off rental car, fly home to NJ :(
We have all our flights, rental car, and hotels all set. The part in bold is one of the things I wanted to inquire about. I mapped out the route from Vegas to Yosemite via Death Valley, and google maps clocks it at about 9hrs and 33mins. Would anyone think this is a good idea to do if we're going to be spending the next day in Yosemite? We'll most likely be doing some hiking and walking around (nothing TOO strenuous, but we'd like to get some great views) so I don't want to feel super tired the night before.
Another route I was trying to think of was driving from Vegas to DV, then from DV drive through Sequoia National Park. Downside is that drive is about 11hrs, not including stops/rests. Not a big deal if we don't see Sequoia or DV though, as it wasn't in our original plan. Sorry this is long winded, but if anyone can critique our trip and/or offer some assistance that'd be swell. Thanks all!