I have browsed this forum for previous road trips but need some advice for my upcoming trip please.
Our flights were a last minute, spur-of-the-moment booking, so don't really make sense for where we've now decided our "must see" places are.
We fly into San Fran on the 29th March, out from LAX on the evening of the 11th April.
We've road tripped around the SW a few times, and tend to spend a few days on the coast then blast our way around some canyons and other national parks. And fly out of LAS, not LAX.
The one place my husband wants to go is to revisit Monument Valley (we've been before, probably stay at the View again)
And if we are going to go that far, I would like to spend a couple of nights in Moab for Arches/ Dead Horse/ Canyonlands as we've never been there.
And possibly 2 nights (max) in Vegas as I have some freebie show tickets to use.
Everything else is a bonus... we've been to Grand, Bryce, Zion, Canyon de Chelley, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Death Valley, Yosemite, Kings, Seqoia... if any of these fit the route we'd be happy to revisit but we don't 'need' to. As we've done many of the 'major' parks we'd really like suggestions of ones that may not have the high profile but are well worth a visit.
So any sage advice? I don't mind doing a very long day's drive to get us from the coast to Flagstaff-ish if that gives us more time to spend where we want to be.
Sun 29th Mar- Arrive San Fran
Mon 30th - SF
Tues 31st - SF
Weds 1st Apr- Travel to Monterey
Thurs 2nd - Travel to Pismo
Fri 3rd - blast our way inland - whole day driving via Bakersfield to Flagstaff area? Alternatively any suggestions for an interesting journey break spot?
Sat 4th - ? (we could move rest of itinerary up 1 day if we do the coast/AZ leg in one day and poss add another park or another day at Moab?)
Sun 5th - Monument Valley
Mon 6th - Moab for Arches / Canyonlands
Tues 7th - Moab for Arches / Canyonlands
Weds 8th - (Bryce or Zion or somewhere new to break journey?)
Thurs 9th - Vegas
Fri 10th - Vegas, show and too much buffet food
11th - day in Vegas then drive back to LAX for 8pm flight to London
Basically HELP PLEASE! I can usually 'see' the shape of the holiday but I really can't work out whether I'm thinking the right way for this one.
Nothing past Pismo is booked (and even that's cancellable), so if you can see a better way round please fire away!