I am at the beginning of organising a road trip late June early July 2016. I've noticed a number of people post there itinerary up and have you experts offer helpful advice so I thought i'd get this early to save me making too many mistakes early on. Please offer comments on the route, the activities and give suggestions on things I might want to take in on the way and what is the best area to stay on my overnights. It will be just me and my 16 year old son.
I will be flying into LA and staying with friends for the first couple of days in Riverside area.
From there I plan to hire a car (Thoughts on suitability of a Mustang convertible?) and do a big loop returning to spend the last few days with my friends again.
Road Trip Day 1 - Drive to Sedona
Day 2 - Off Road self drive buggy tour Sedona (drive to Monument Valley afternoon/evening)
Day 3 - Monument Valley - Horse riding tour (drive Grand Canyon late afternoon/evening)
Day 4 - Grand Canyon - Some kind of tour, undecided yet, is helicopter value for money? (drive to Vegas in evening)
Day 5 - Las Vegas - Suggestions of shows, or activities that don't involve gambling as son is only 16
Day 6 Las Vegas
Day 7 Death Valley
Day 8 Drive to Yosemite
Day 9 Yosemite (late afternoon/evening drive to San Francisco)
Day 10 San Francisco - Alactraz
Day 11 San Francisco - (late afternoon drive to Monteray)
Day 12 visit and hopefully play Pebble Beach Golf Links (afternoon drive to San Simeon) PCH
Day 13 Drive from San Simeon back to Riverside
I plan to be over for 21 days maybe a couple more and so I have flexibility to add days in certain places if need be or detours to places you think I've missed.
As well as suggestions on things to do en-route, i'd also appreciate suggestions on what to do from Riverside as a base. LA? San Diego?
Also suggestions on actually routes between the points on the itinerary to see the best scenery.
Finally, I have read a number of excellent posts already on this site and on one it suggested a book to buy which has good maps of the area, but now I can't find that post, so what map/guide would you suggest I get to help me on my way.
Have appreciated the response I've got so far on the other question I've asked, so thanks in advance for you help with the above.