Me and my GF are going to the U.S (we're from Sweden) this summer and are planning a roadtrip. I've read through loads of threads here on the forum and have a pretty good idea on what we will be able to do, and how many days it will require. However, since the route isn't identical to any other thread I've seen, and since I have a couple of questions, I was hoping that someone would be able to help us out.
The route, as planned, is:
Los Angeles - 3 days (including the car trip to Las Vegas)
Las Vegas - 2 days (including half day trip to Grand Canyon West Skywalk)
Death Valley - 1 day (driving from Las Vegas to Bishop)
Yosemite - 2 days (including drive from Bishop)
San Francisco - 4 days
SF to LA - 2 days (drive along highway 1, visiting Monterey etc. Not decided where to stay yet)
Here's a link to the full route on Google Maps
The above route is approx. 14 days. Now, we haven't booked our flight tickets yet, and we are aiming for 15-18 days. Adding a day in LA or SF or someplace else is definitely an option, as long as it doesn't make the schedule too tight. We want to be able to relax on the journey and maybe make som unplanned stops. We're going in july (5th to 20th or so).
There are a couple of things that I've left out of the route described above, that I want to ask about.
1. We want to see Napa valley and maybe visit a vineyard or so. Is that plausible?
2. The nature in Utah looks very tempting, but it's also a bit far from the rest of the route. Is it worth it?
3. Grand Canyon is on everyone's bucket list (ours too) but going there from LV takes 4,5 hours so we'd have to use two days if we want to include it in the trip. Instead we've included the West Skywalk, but the facilities there have received some pretty bad reviews.
Thanks in advance!