This has to be the most amazing website that could ever be for road trip travel! You are all a wealth of knowledge and we're so grateful that we found this site! We have never undertaken a trip like this before and are very excited about visiting some national parks and towns near them. We flew out to Phoenix a number of years ago; stayed in Flagstaff and visited the Grand Canyon, Sedona, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert and loved it.
This time we're really looking for a big adventure. We will fly from Florida, where we live, to San Jose, California, arriving the evening of June 11th and don't fly back till the evening of July 1st. We'd like to spend 4-5 days in San Jose at the end of our trip with our friend.
We're in our early 60s and enjoy scenery, photography and walks. Hikes, unless short are out.
Here's our dream so far:
Leave San Jose morning of June 12th.
Las Vegas - never been. Not gamblers but thought it'd be a good stopping place and interesting to see.
Moab - a friend suggested it
Grand Teton - don't know if we'll have time.
Incline Village - Lake Tahoe to visit a friend for a couple of days
back to San Jose
We thought we'd be better off starting with the southern route due to weather. We're not even sure how much time we should allocate in most places.
We have never taken a trip like this before and we're hoping someone on the site had done it but we've been unsuccessful in finding a complete trip. I've trip using the map here but since we're doing a round trip to San Jose I'm not having any luck.
I've checked into lodging suggestions based on posts here. The problem is though, I'm not sure if West Yosemite, as an example is the right place to stay based on where we're driving from and to.
Any direction you can give us would be greatly appreciated; both in the form of suggestions and resources we can use to better plan our trip.