Hi all, it's great that so many continue to contribute to newcomers.
I've spent a bit of time reading through some of the threads and note that what I am suggesting is very much in a similar vain to many others. There are a couple of days that I would like to bounce off those in the know. Firstly, we are a group of 3 experienced drivers (including long distance in Western Australia) and all will be driving at some point, if required.
The first 2 to arrive, do so in LA on 20 March and the other one the next day. We will be staying somewhere in LA the first night (probably Venice Beach) then picking the next one up from the airport. We must leave PHX 2 April. The car is booked, I get reasonable rates through my work, which means the One way fee is not a concern (lucky me).
The fun part is what happens in between.
Some essentials to fit in:
3 days in Vegas
We wont be going into San Francisco as 2 of us have already been there.
The current plan is leave LA then-
Day 1 LA to Morro Bay (?)
Day 2 to Santa Cruz (?)
Day 3 to Yosemite (Mariposa?) for a couple of nights
Day 5 to Lone Pine (around the bottom) - is this drivable in a day?
Day 6 drive through DV (or stay another night then) to Las Vegas
Day 9 to Grand Canyon stay overnight
Day 10 to Flagstaff, primarily seeing GC (if 2 nights in DV then to straight to PHX).
Day 11 to PHX
Firstly, anything seem unreasonable in driving times. The biggest is ~500km (350mi) which we are comfortable with driving in Australia. Secondly, any suggestions on places to stay (particularly the smaller stops along the way, none of the towns mentioned are locked in as destinations, they just fit on a map). Which is better for the extra night DV or GC? Any particular dangers to watch out for?
We would love to fit in Zion NP and the others in Utah but I don't think I can make them fit. Anyone else make it work?
A rough mudmap of the route: