I'm glad I found this website and I hope to find some help here!
So, my girlfriend and I are planning to visit the US from 18 July to 07 August 2015. We are both students (22 and 23 years old).
This is our plan
18.07: Sofia, Bulgaria -> New York
19.07: New York
20.07: New York
21.07: New York
22.07: New York -> Phoenix. From there pick up our rental car and drive to Sedona.
24.07: Sedona -> Grand Canyon National Park. Night in Bright Angel Lodge
25.07: Gettin up early, watching the sunrise in GCNP and then driving to Zion National Park (arriving around 11am). Rest of the day in Zion. Spending the night in a hotel near by (already booked)
26.07: Zion National Park -> Las Vegas (LINQ Hotel & Casino - hope the pool will be open by then)
27.07: Las Vegas
28.07: Las Vegas -> Death Valley National Park (just get off of the car for couple of photos in Badwater Basin, Dante's view and maybe one more place. 1 hour max in total. We hope we won't die from the heat :D) -> Night in Mammoth Lakes.
29.07: Getting up early in the morning, Mammoth Lakes -> Tioga pass -> Yosemite National Park. Spending the day there and around 4pm leaving for Fresno,CA (night there)
30.07: Getting up early, Fresno -> Sequoia National Park, just visit the main places for 2-3 hours -> San Francisco, hotel on Lombard Street
31.07: San Francisco
01.08: San Francisco
02.08: San Francisco -> Monterey, CA
03.08: Monterey, CA -> Cambria, CA
04.08: Cambria, CA -> Los Angeles
05.08: Los Angeles
06.08: Los Angeles
07.08: Los Angeles -> Sofia, Bulgaria
As you may see, our schedule is quite tight. Could I ask for your opinion, what do you think about the trip? Our main concerns are:
1. We have limited time, these are the maximum number of days we can spend on this trip. (from 18.07 to 07.08)
2. Will only 2 nights be enough for Vegas, just to see the strip, visit some of the best hotels (Venice, Paris etc.)
3. Will 3 nights(2 full days) be enough for San Francisco? Our musts there are: Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Cable cars (don't know other things)
4. 3 nights in LA? Some friends said that 3 nights in LA will be too much.
Every kind of help and suggestions will be helpful. Every hotel reservation is with free cancellation (except this in Grand Canyon), so we are able to change the route a bit, if it will be better.
Looking forward to your answers and thank you in advance!