This is my first post having just joined, so please bear with me.
I'm sure West Coast questions have been, and, are asked to death here, so apologies for adding more. Although I have read some past threads, I have some questions of my own with the hope of getting some specific current advice on what may be, or maybe not a good idea.
Ok, so this is what I am working with so far.....
We are coming to the US next year, starting out on the 21st of August, and spending approx three weeks there, probably leaving on the 12th of September. The outline plan so far goes something like this....
Day 1 - Land L.A on 21st, spending overnight not too far from airport after collecting car.
Day 2 - Possibly spend early part of day in and around L.A. city tour.?) Then drive up to S.L Obispo / Cambria to overnight.?
Day 3 - Drive to Monterey and overnight here.
Day 4 - Drive onto San Fransisco mid/late afternoon and overnight there.
Day 5 - San Fransisco
Day 6 - San Fransisco
Day 7 - San Fransisco
Day 8 - Leave San Fransisco fairly early and drive via 140 route, Mariposa to Yosemite N.P. Overnight Yosemite
Day 9 - Yosemite N.P
Day 10 - Yosemite N.P
Day 11 - Leave Yosemite early...ish via Tioga Pass, then 395 down to D.V to overnight at Furnace Creek. (doable.?..looks a long way)
Day 12 - Spend early part of day visiting few places in D.V (advice.?) Drive onto Vegas before dark and overnight rest in Vegas.
Day 13 - Leave Vegas and drive onto C.G.N.P. Overnight at location either within or close to Park.
Day 14 - Grand Canyon day, leaving later heading to Page for overnight.
Day 15 - Page day to visit Antelope Canyon / Horseshoe bend / possible river float trip.?...overnight at Page.
Day 16 - Leave Page to head back to Vegas, via Hoover dam route.?
Day 17 - Vegas
Day 18 - Vegas
Day 19 - Vegas.
I am aware the above does not include the full amount of days we have available, but, during this trip I am not sure whether to add a day at L.A to visit some sights there, or, at Yosemite to take more of that in. We are considering doing some white water rafting there, but don't know much about it, so any views of that are welcome. I am also considering staying at or around Lee Vining after leaving Yosemite also, to reduce the distance we travel from Yosemite to Furnace Creek in Death Valley. Alternatively, we could add a day at Furnace Creek for more rest time and visits. I am also considering skipping Page altogether, so as to avoid the extra 130 miles of driving North of the Grand Canyon South Rim, but am not sure what else to incorporate into the schedule. I have had it suggested to drive around the north of the CGNP, visiting Zion / Bryce, and then into Page and down to GCNP South. Again, opinions on this are welcome.
What I do not want to do is to spend all the time driving. From what I have read from various threads / websites, it does appear that people tend to want to cram in so much that they have no time to actually enjoy the places they whizz through. This is something I want to avoid. We will have a good stay in S.F, and also in Vegas to end the trip, but what comes in between is changable depending on what appears a good choice and what's logistically feasible within reason.
Travelling will be my wife and I. We are both late 40's.
All advice or views are welcome and will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance everyone.