This forum was a huge help when I started planning this trip months and months ago and my plans have changed completely since then. The flights and convertible are now booked, I've booked rooms or tents in the national parks along the way and am looking for some final bits of advice if possible.
We are doing 2,000 miles over around 12 days going to from Salt Lake to San Fran (flying from UK). The itinerary right now is...
(June next year)
Day 1 fly into Salt Lake City, crash out in airport hotel.
Day 2 SLC to Moab long drive hopefully a bit of time at Arches
Day 3 Moab to Monument Valley short drive staying on northern boundary of MV in tipi village (booked). Do a couple of guided tours etc.
Day 4 MV to Page (short drive) via some more key MV locations and Antelope Canyon
Day 5 Second day in Page for Colorado River Rafting
Day 6 Page to Grand Canyon via Rim Drive (short drive) arrive lunchtime for time to explore, see sunset. Overnight on Rim (booked)
Day 7 Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via historic Route 66 hackberry etc (long drive) Hoover dam late night arrival LV
Day 8 LV to Death Valley (short drive) time to explore, overnight in DV (booked)
Day 9 and 10 Two days driving Highway 395 into Yosemite over Tioga pass
Day 11,12 full days in Yosemite (booked)
Day 13 Yosemite to San Francisco over Golden Gate Bridge (medium length drive)
Finishing with 4 days in SF
So what do you think? Any hints or tips?
I am wondering if it's worth trying to do DV to Yosemite in one long day? At the moment the plan is to find somewhere in Bishop/Mammoth/Mono Lake but maybe we should power through? Or maybe we should cancel overnight in DV and just drive through? I am really hoping to see clear, star filled skies during our desert nights. I really want to see the Milky Way.
Also wondering what is most scenic route to Moab from Salt Lake (bearing in mind can't do Mokee cos it's a rental).
All and any thoughts welcome. I've planned this just from Internet research including this forum so am hoping its a good plan!
Thanks in advance :-)