I'm from India, visiting SF for a week for a training, planning to extend my stay for 10 more days and kind of explore the wester cost including Vegas, Grand Canyon and Yosemite along with SF and LA. I'm an outdoor person, want to make best use of time at Grand Canyon and Yosemite. I kind of jotted down an itinerary as follows:
2nd May Saturday SF Cycling on the Bridge, Golden Gate, Twin Peaks, Wharf, Muir Woods
3rd May Sunday Drive to LA through Coastal Road Reach LA by 3pm
4th May Monday Universal Studio, Hollywood
5th May Tuesday Drive to Vegas - Remaining day at Vegas
6th May Wednesday Whole Day at Vegas
7th May Thursday Drive to Grand Canyon - Hoover Dam on the way ?
8th May Friday Visit Canyon/Hike (South Rim)
9th May Saturday Canyon to Death Valley to Mammoth Lakes (Still Can't figure out where to stay) ??
10th May Sunday Mamoth Lakes to Yosemite Park through Tioga Pass ?? Will Tioga Pass be open by 10th May ?
11th May Monday Yosemite Park Hiking
12th May Tuesday Driving to Lake Tahoe to SF ?? too Ambitious ??
13th May Wednesday Fly Back to Mumbai
I will be hiring a car from SF (It will be really great if you suggest some of the portals where I can get the best deals), two of my friends will be with me till Vegas and I will be on my own from there onwards. I've done few ultra marathon drives in India and the maximum distance covered in a single trip onward journey was about 1,500kms (aprox 900miles).
I would like to hear from members who has already done this route as what needs to be done to make this trip a memorable one. I'm in to photography, cycling, trekking love to drink beer, half-marathon runner, love to be with the nature and love screaming out while doing adventurous activity (planning for a sky dive while I'm in SF)
Please suggest me if any changes to be made on the plan ?
If not Tioga Pass what else would you suggest me ?
Best portals to hire a car (Honda Civic/Corolla)
How much would it cost me roughly on the fuel ?
Are there going to be too may toll plazas (for road usage fee) on the highways ?
Anything that you think I should make a note of before I start my bookings for accommodations?
Appreciate your inputs and thanks in advance.