We have read through some of the questions and comments in this forum and considered options for routes. We are looking for suggestions on how to keep our trip an enjoyable one.
It has been 15 years since my last trip to the US and this will be the first for my wife. We start with a week on the east coast, visiting DC and NY – just walking around each city and with a bus trip to get between them, ending with a flight to LV.
We then have 17 days for the south west. We thought to have three nights, 2 days, in LV and end with two days in LA, one for driving around and sight-seeing and one for Universal Studios. That would leave 13 days to drive – first looping around in canyon country and then finding our way to LA.
Monument Valley and Grand Canyon are must-see locations for us.
We appreciate that distances are much greater than a short trip to Europe would be.
Considering our time limits would we be better, after Zion & Bryce, to leave out Moab and head S/E via Natural Bridges then MV, Antelope and GC, or perhaps go directly south to Paige, then MV then GC?
We have considered then heading to SF via Death Valley, Tioga Pass and Yosemite but worry that might just be too many additional road miles. Is this something others have achieved sanely – canyons & Yosemite & SF in 13 days? We have read of people doing it in 3 weeks.
Would a southern trip, close to the Mexican border then San Diego, be an interesting option after the canyons?
Would Death Valley be interestingly different after the hot canyon country?
In general we would appreciate suggestions on how a non-American couple could best spread out those 13 days of touring from people with actual experience of distances involved and sights to see and enjoy.