I have been reading multiple topics here and i feel a bit guilty to open a new one about something similar. However i couldnt completely find the answers I needed, and i am sure that they are here :).
We are a young Belgian couple that are planning a 3 week road trip through the West-Coast. We will fly out from Brussels on 14/sept, and we'll have to fly back on the 4th of october. This means we have about 20 days (flights excluded). About three years ago we visited Las Vegas on a 8 day trip, and there is where we got bitten to go back whenever we can, but now we just want to see alot more :).
Basicly i feel like organising my trip around LA, SF & LV. I am searching for some advice in what order we should do it. I still have to book my flights, so we can still choose. So far i have been thinking to start in LA, drive the 101 to SF, and end in Las Vegas. We realy like to stop our trip in LasVegas, as this is a place "we know" and where we would like to finnish this amazing trip. However, by reading this forum, i understood it is a bit of a waste to have a hiered car in San Francisco. What would you suggest if you would like to combine these 3 city's in the trip, and if you prefer to end in Las Vegas?
So far, this how it looks like:
4 days LA (flight day included)
4 day trip to SF
4 day SF
- Trip SF => LV: not sure yet (about 6 days left), has to include [Yosemite,Dead Valley] - Is Monument Valley a must? Bryce?
4/5 days Vegas (flight day included)
When we visited Las Vegas we did a one day trip to the Grand Canyon. I was told this was the less crowded side (south side?). We drove there and we saw an amazing sunset. We are not sure if we should visit the other side aswell. What do you recommend?
We do love beautiful scenery and pure nature, but i have to admit that we quickly have the idea "we'v seen it". I don't mean this contemptuous at all, i just don't realy now how to explain it better. We do not intend to spend 2 or 3 days in one National Parc, unless it is that breaththaking :).
We hope to avoid long driving-times so we can enjoy each day to the maximum.
All sugestions are more then welcome, and i thank you in advance! I'll buy you a Belgian beer if i run into one of you experts during the trip ;-).