I just started planning my 18 day road trip with my gf in late September/October. The route is going to be a standard route, based on the above posted route by a member Trip. Why this route is interesting to me? It includes all the highlihts I planed to visit, we both are traveling on a budget and have a similar time scope.
Compared to the above mentioned route I have 4 extra days which I would like to allocate in a clever manner. Breaking a long route at two, having an extra day in NP for hiking or similar activity etc. are my goals. That is why days 12 and 19 are left empty.
This trip is first of all a holiday and not a road race. I am aware that my schedule is tight, but I dont want to rush and spend all of my 18 days driving in a car. If it will be necessary to skip something - I will skip it.
Please take a look and give me advice:
1 ZAG-LAX, overnight at/near airport due to late arrival at 2010
4 LA-Joshua tree NP, Twentynine Palms, Amboy, Needles, Kingman, section of route 66 - Seligman
5 Seligman - Grand canyon NP, Grand canyon NP east exit, Cameron, Page (Glen canyon), Horseshoe bend - Kanab
6 Kanab - Zion NP. Kolob canyon - Cedar city.
7 Cedar city - Bryce canyon, Kanab, St. George, Valley of fire state park - overnight in Las Vegas
10 LV-Death Valley junction, Furnace creek, Death Valley NP, Lone Pine, Mono lake - Lee Vining
11 Lee Vining - Tioga Pass, Yosemite NP, Mariposa grove with sequoias - Fresno
13 Fresno - Merced, Modesto - San Francisco
16 SF - Monterey
17 Monterey - Pismo Beach
18 Pismo Beach - LA
Thank you in advance, regards, Matija.