I've been reading some great threads on this site, but I'm afraid I felt I had to post something more specific as it's such short notice and, being from the UK, I have less of the local knowledge (routes, attractions, weather.....although it's quite clear from comments on here that it's only possible to predict the unpredictability!!)
Flights just booked from UK to LAX, arriving early afternoon on 30th Sept and departing late afternoon on 11th Oct. Due to last minute chance for vacation, that's as far as we've got!! 11 days to plan out, and all we know is we're going to rent a car and would like to visit San Francisco and Las Vegas, as well as some National Parks - Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Death Valley......? I've also heard Monterey Bay and the coastal road around Big Sur are highly recommended?
We're not too fussed on LA (unless somebody else suggests otherwise!), but other than that, we're open to suggestions!
One major question is whether there's a recommended direction i.e. clockwise or anti-clockwise around the 'loop'?
Also, there's a lot mentioned about the Tioga Pass, but I'm not sure if we'll still be ok for that? Will it still be open?
We appreciate that we don't have enough time to do everything,and would appreciate any thoughts on 'must see' and 'must do' ideas.
Thank you in advance for any responses