I am currently planning out my trip around Cali in September 2015. I am desperately searching for some advice as I have never been to America and just don't know how to organize all my destinations. I'd like to give you an overview of what I already thought trough and would love to get opinions on that!
1. San Diego (Arrival on 29th Sep by plane)
2. Los Angeles
3. Las Vegas
4. Valley of Fire National Park
5. Zion National Park
6. Glen Canyon National Park
7. Navajo National Monument
8. Olijato Monument Valley
9. Sequoia National Park
10. San Francisco
11. Lassen Volcanic National Park
As you can see, my main reason to see Cali are those beautiful National Parks! The cities of San Diego, LA and Las Vegas themselves don't appeal much to me. I basically want to stay there to see the National Parks around. Of course I would want to spend one or two days exploring the city as well, but it's not my first priority. As I am really into art and hippie culture, I'd love to spend some more time in the city of San Fran though. Any recommendations on how long I should stay there to get the vibe? And how many days should I estimate for the listed parks? I'm thankful for each and every little help here.
I will be traveling alone, so I'd rather travel by plane then by bus when it makes sense. I don't know yet how to get around in the national parks and will still have to find out. I'm really not that far with planning everything out. At the end of my Cali trip I'd like to depart from San Fran by plane. I do not have a limitation for the duration of my trip, so you can suggest everything that comes to mind!
I apologize for my rusty English and hope, that everything makes sense. If you got any questions, just let me know! And thanks a lot for reading.