So far nothing is booked, and even if I don't figure out my exact itinerary immediately, I need to decide my inbound and outbound airports and get tickets bought.
We spent 3 weeks last sep-oct doing SD-SFO-Tahoe (via LA & Santa Barbara)
Loved SD, Loved SF, Tahoe was good but we've seen it enough now - did not like LA or SB
We missed Monteray... and drove through Big Sur at night.
So this year - first/second week of September we are looking at something like the following
LA/SD -to Palm Springs
Palm Springs to Grand Canyon
GC to Bryce, Zion and Vegas
Through Death Valley to Yosemite
Across to Monteray
And finally into SFO (didn't make the rock trip last time, so need a day for this)
Direct flights bring me into SFO or LAX (last year we landed at SFO, took an internal flight to SD on the same day, then rented a car when we left SD)
The only "restrictions" are as follows....
one driver; most legs should be <6 hours of driving
the target duration is 14 days (can tack on a couple of extra days subject to finding cheaper flights)
I've seen Vegas and Grand Canyon, my partner hasn't. Those are the headline items for her. For me, Monteray, Death Valley and the parks have my full attention.
We'd like to do some shopping at some point (clothing and an apple store) - last time we went to outlet malls in Sacramento and Pismo Beach.
We're not camping/hiking types, and i'd be okay to lose a leg versus rushing from place to place.
Last time, I booked hotels 1-2 days in advance and we made the itinerary as we went, so I don't need everything ironed out by now.
I also don't mind one internal flight if it simplifies the route or avoids road duplication.
Thanks for any help; we loved California last year, but I feel that lack of planning meant that we missed some places or made some bad choices