I've been using this great website and reading the forums for years but this is my first post :)
This will be my second visit to the States. I've done my homework and came up with this plan:
2 Sept: arriving San Francisco (Hotel already booked @ Fisher's men)
3 Sept: Touring SF. I've read a lot about SF and thought that 2 nights might be enough for me to see the main attractions. Yes it will be kind of tiring after a long flight but I'll be relaxing for the next 12 nights at the Cruise !
4 Sept: Alaska Cruise
16 Sept: Back from Alaska Cruise. Renting a car and driving to Yosemite National Park. Staying over night at Mammoth lakes or Bishop (Hotel not booked yet)
17 Sept: Early morning start to Death Valley and to Las Vegas (Hotel already booked)
18-21 Sept: 4 days enjoying LV
22 Sept: Early morning start to Hoover Dam - Grand Canyon NP. Staying overnight at FlagStaff (Hotel not booked yet)
23 Sept: Early morning start to Los Angeles (Hotel not booked yet)
24-28 Sept: 3 days enjoying Los Angeles; 1 day trip to San Diego; 1 day trip to Palm Springs
29 Sept: Early Morning start to Monterey and will explore Santa Barbara on the way (Hotel not booked yet)
30 Sept: Heading to SF Airport.
2 nights in SF (Hotel Booked)
12 nights Celebrity Alaska Cruise
1 night in Yosemite (Hotel not booked)
5 nights in LV (Hotel Booked)
1 night in FlagStaff (Hotel not Booked)
6 nights in LA (Hotel not Booked)
1 night in Monterey (Hotel not Booked)
Total: 28 nights
I have selected mammoth lakes and FlagStaff because I thought that hotels outside the NP's will offer better value (Price/Quality) !! But I will be re-investigating the hotels within these two NP's.
I came up with this plan after an extensive research in this forum and other popular forum.
Appreciating your feed back and suggestions.
I still need to detail the stops/breaks of the following drives:
GCNP or FlagStaff-LA
Thanks in advance