Hi everyone! Thanks for this great forum, it's provided us with a lot of information so far.
A couple of weeks ago we, a Dutch/Finnish couple, booked our tickets and will be flying from Amsterdam to LAX in May for 23 days. We've been trying to figure out how to spend our time and have come up with an itinerary and would greatly appreciate some input about our division of time. While we've read a lot about the different parks and cities, for an outsider it is quite hard to judge what is not really worth visiting (because it is too similar / time can be better spend) or which spot needs way more time than we have planned.
Below is our itinerary, feedback is greatly appreciated :) We promise to make an awesome travel blog with photos and tips for future travel-planners who wanna take learnings from it.
Arrive in Los Angeles (LAX) 15.00
Driving to San Diego in the evening of day 4
Driving to Phoenix (or Scottsdale) in the morning / afternoon day 7
Phoenix/Scottsdale in the evening of day 7 / morning of day 7
Driving towards Grand Canyon afternoon / evening of day 8
Driving towards Zion National Park in the evening of day 9
Zion National Park
Driving towards Las Vegas in the evening
Driving through Death Valley
Yosemite National Park
Driving closer to San Francisco in the evening of day 16
Driving down the coast - stop at Monterey and sleep somewhere along the way
Santa Barbara / Oxnard / Malibu area
Day 23 Return day
Flight back from LAX (18.00)