Hi everyone, been reading this very informative forum and wonder if anyone can help with my dilema? My husband and I are flying into LAX on 6th September and staying in hotel near to airport for 1st night and picking up car. We are planning on seeing Santa Barbara then Highway 1 to San Fran up to Napa Valley over to Lake Tahoe then through Yosemite maybe staying in Mammoth (our friends hav a condo there) for a night or 2 then through Death Valley to Vegas. We have flights booked back from LAX so was thinking of either booking internal connection back from Vegas to LAX or changing our flights(and paying the extra) to fly direct back from Vegas to UK. I cant decide whether to do the trip clockwise or anti clockwise and drive first to Vegas from LA possibly taking in Palm Springs along the way then across Death Valley - Yosemite Tahoe Napa San Fran then down Highway 1 to Santa Barbara and back to LAX to fly home. Advantage being wouldnt have to change flights but I dont know if either of these ways is better than the other or is there no difference at all. Had originally planned on ending up in Vegas rather than start there but maybe it makes no difference? would be grateful for any advice opinions.
Also were planning on hiring a convertable but have read that driving across the desert maybe a convertable isnt the best way as gets really hot with the top down? Also would always have to have one suitcase on the back seat meaning the top would have to be put up everytime we stopped, any opinions as to a convertable vs an SUV?
Thanks for any suggestions