my brother and me, both students from germany, are going to visit our family in California for christmas. During our stay in the US we are planning a small roadtrip to the National Parks.
We're going to rent a SUV on the 29th December in San Francisco and return it on the 6th January in Las Vegas. I'm still trying to figure out, which NP we manage to visit in the 8 days. At first we planned to drive to Yosemite, stay one night and then go on to Death Valley, but as Tioga pass is already closed, I'm not sure if we should skip it. Maybe we can drive some part of the coastal road instead of this?
After Death Valley we're planning to visit Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon and perhaps Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley.
As this is our first road trip in the US, I'm glad I found this forum and I hope someone more experienced can give us some tips. Is it a good idea to try to visit all those National Parks or should we focus on less? Both of us can drive the car, so even a longer drive shouldn't be a problem.
I'm sure there are also several smaller, but maybe even more worthy locations we don't know. Any insider is tip is welcome :)
We also haven't booked any place to sleep, so if someone has tips regarding this, we would be very thankful!
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