We have been planning this trip for a while, but recently one of our flights was cancelled, so we now have the chance to change things up a bit (maybe for the better?). We are taking the California Zephyr Amtrak train from Denver-SF in July.
From there, we will have about 16 nights (give or take) to spend traveling a loop from San Francisco. We had originally planned to fly out of Phoenix, but the flight was cancelled so we can now change plans. After seeing the cost of the one-way car rental, we think a SF-SF loop might be best!
Our original plan:
SF (3 nights)
Monterey (1 night)
Yosemite (Curry Village - 2 nights)
Mammoth Lakes (1 night)
Henderson, NV (1 night)
Springdale UT/Zion (2 nights)
Bryce (1 night)
Grand Canyon (2 nights)
Phoenix (3 nights)
If we fly out of SF, I am looking for suggestions for a route. We are still interested in many of these destinations, but could be talked into changing our minds if someone has another great plan:) None of it is set in stone, although we have made reservations.
We would ideally like to have some days in between at nice resorts with pools for the kids (hence, Mammoth Lakes Westin, resort in Phoenix).
Also, we have driven CA coast from San Diego to Carmel, so no major need to add that in (although a wonderful trip). Not that we'd have to avoid the coast, but it's not a necessary part of the trip. We also have no major interest in the LV strip (been there, don't really want to bring the kids).