I was hoping to get some advice on the following road trip me, and 2 friends have started planning.
Here's the itinerary I've put together:
Days 1-3: LA with Universal Studios visit
Day 4: Drive to Santa Barbara
Day 5: Drive up Big Sur on Coast
Day 6: Carmel
Day 7: Monterey Bay to go Whale Watching
Days 8-10: SF with Napa Valley Tour
Days 11-12: Yosemite
Days 13-14: Death Valley
Days 15-18: Las Vegas with Grand Canyon
We're from the UK and have never been to California so I've put the above together with very basic information. We are currently looking at the 6th November but I'd like some advice on whether it would be better to go at another point during September to March (the timeframe we're playing with). Weather is obviously the biggest concern, but we don't mind it being milder if it means the crowds won't be as busy and things like that. My main concern perhaps was whether November was a good time to visit places like Napa Valley and Yosemite?
Also, any advice on whether the trip is doable or if I'm missing anything out would be much appreciated! Oh, and finally, are there car rental issues with picking up and dropping off in different places?