This is my first post. I've been reading the forums for some time, as me and my wife are planning a 3 week road trip to the West Coast this August.
From the information we have gathered from reading the forums and most of the suggestions, this is our provisional plan:
Day 1 (9/8): Arrive at LAX airport around lunchtime. Pick car at the airport. Go to one or more supermarkets and get supplies (food, etc.). Eventually see a little bit of Los Angeles and leave. Stay in Barstow. Don't want to drive too much on the same day i've arrived.
Day 2 (10/8): Leave Barstow to Grand Canyon National Park. My idea for the route would be I-40 until Klingman. There take route 66 until Seligman. Merge back to I-40 and then AZ-64 to the Grand Canyon. The idea would be to arrive in the afternoon, in time to catch the sunset over the Canyon. Stay one night in Tusayan.
Day 3 (11/8): Leave Tusayan. Do the Rim Drive and head for page. Do a tour of antelope canyon. If there's time go to the Horseshoe Bend. Find someplace to sleep. Next stop will be Zion National Park.
Day 4 (12/8): Arrive at Zion National Park.
Day 5 (13/8): Zion National Park.
Day 6 (14/8): Leave in the morning. Stop in Bryce National Park and see some of the sights. Go in the direction of Grand Teton National Park. Stop on the way. I'm thinking we would like to stop at least around Provo, but I would prefer to stop farther ahead...
Problem: I'm not sure what would be the most scenic route to Grand Teton... Route (A) would be US-189 N, U.S. 30 W and US-89 N; Route (B) would be to go in the direction of Logan and do one of the scenic byways.
Day 7 (15/8): Grand Teton.
Day 8 (16/8): Slowly make our way to Yellowstone National Park. Sleep in or near Yellowstone National Park.
Day 9 (17/8): Yellowstone National Park.
Day 10 (18/8): Yellowstone National Park.
Day 11 (19/8): Yellowstone National Park.
Day 12 (20/8): Leave Yellowstone National Park in direction of Columbia River Gorge. Maybe do a quick stop in the Craters of The Moon and sleep in or around Baker City, OR.
Day 13 (21/8): See Columbia River Gorge and take Mount Hood Scenic Byway to Crater Lake. Sleep near Crater Lake National Park.
Day 14 (22/8): In the morning, see Crater Lake National Park. Head to Redwood National Park. Sleep nearby.
Day 15 (23/8): Continue to see Redwood National Park in the morning. Head to Point Reyes National Seashore. Sleep Nearby
Day 16 (24/8): Morning Point Reyes National Seashore. Enter San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Day 17 (25/8): San Francisco
Day 18 (26/8): San Francisco
Day 19 (27/8): Leave San Francisco and do the Pacific Highway Coast. Sleep near Carmel.
Day 20 (28/8): Pacific Highway Coast. Sleep near Santa Barbara
Day 21 (29/8): Sleep in Los Angeles. I would like some place somewhat near the airport.
Day 22 (30/8): Drop car at the airport and catch airplane home.
The first and most important question: is this doable? Or is it too much?
Are there any big errors in the planning of this road trip? Any thing that we should change? The most important parts of this road trip for us - the parts that are - sort of speak - non negotiable, are: Grand Canyon, Zion, Yellowstone, San Francisco and the drive along the coast to Los Angeles.
Can you give us some pointers or advice on where to stay on this trip? We have already booked nights for days 1, 2, 4 and 5.
P.S.: I had trouble submitting this post, so if this is a double post I'm truly sorry.