I've found lots of useful info on here but am planning my first USA roadtrip with my girlfriend and looking for any additional advice and/or pointers. Hope some of you can help. We are both 25 and from Scotland, she is recently in remission from a 3 year battle with cancer so I'm trying to plan the trip of a lifetime to celebrate! This is a big one for us, hence me needing all the advice I can get! I've never been to the USA so am pretty clueless. Please forgive any obvious mistakes! We are extremely flexible on our trip and just want to see and do as much as possible in the time available.
We have a month off from mid April until mid-May. We'd have liked to wait until June but it just isn't possible for us. The plan is to fly into San Francisco, spend a couple of days there and then cross over to visit Yosemite for a couple of days if possible. We're both very outdoorsy and she's a photographer so this seems like a must. It looks stunningly beautiful so perhaps we should allow more time here if we can get in? Is it realistic to then head back to the coast to make the most of our journey South towards LA/San Diego? I'm also wondering about access/camping in Yosemite at this time of year? It will only be mid April.This would be kind of a budget trip so we'd planned to do a mixture of camping and cheap chain hotels to leave maximum money for activities/sightseeing. Obviously I'm happy to do something a little nicer for a few nights of the trip to really make the most of it. I'm trying to incorporate as many different landscapes as possible so trying to see a lot of the national parks where we can.
Following that, I am a bit confused. The plan was to travel via Las Vegas to Colorado to see the Grand Canyon and finish in the Rockies as this is somewhere she's always wanted to visit. I'd planned for us to catch an internal flight from Colorado back to SF for our return flight home. I'm now worried though that it might not be realistic for us to visit the Rockies at this time of year. We'd be getting there early/mid May so is anywhere actually likely to be accessible? Is it worth crossing up into Wyoming or staying in Colorado to see the best of it? I have no idea how long we should plan to spend there. Utterly clueless. I understand the timing is not perfect but I'm extremely keen to include the Rockies if at all possible. Equally, following a lot of reading on the forums here, I've become very interested in the possibility of trying to include a visit to Arizona in our trip. However, I just don't see how we can work this in with what we currently have planned. Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Do you guys feel a month is a reasonable amount of time to complete this trip? I'm so sorry I have so many questions. It means a lot and I want to get it right. I'm happy doing a few long driving days but want to be able to spend a few days in the places we really like without rushing on.
One last thing, my girlfriend is a huge extreme sports enthusiast. She's competed in everything from freestyle motorbike jumping competitions to skating contests and surfing comps. I know this is a long shot but does anybody know of any good areas for this kind of thing? Are there particular cities that are better known for their extreme sports events for example? I'd love to take her to see some moto x, skating, ice hockey etc while we're visiting but they're proving quite hard to track down.
Huge thanks in advance and sincere apologies for the very long post :)