I ran into this forum after googling random road trip things a few days ago, and now I just find more and more exciting things on this site. Its amazing fan group/members seam really supportive and helpful throughout those posts I've been reading. An absolutely wonderful place! Sorry if someone else has already been posting about the same trip I will now ask you all for help to carry out, but so far I haven't seen it, and I really hope for some help with undertaking this big task.
Me and my girlfriend just can't wait to be going on this trip we've been planning for some time now. We will be going to San Francisco in the middle of June and have a return flight in middle of July. We are staying the first 4 nights in SF before heading towards Yellowstone, which I so far have calculated to 5 days of driving. We wouldn't like to drive too much each day, and we would like to take our time gazing at the different world (we're Scandinavians)
We would be staying one full day to see the park, before driving towards Salt Lake City over the course of 2 days. Only spending the night and then (and I need your help here) I wanted to reach Las Vegas 4 days after having gone through Arches, Monument valley, Grand Canyon and Zion. I really want to see everything, but I also have a feeling that if you want to dig deeper in to each place it's gonna take a lot longer than you can manage in this time frame. I really want to see all of it.
Okay LV, we would stay there for 2 nights so one evening and one full day. Next morning go towards San Diego which we would hit in the evening on the same day. Stay there for 3 nights, go to LA, stay there for 4 nights. Then Solvang, CA, stay the night, and then San Jose, stay 2 nights, before leaving the next day towards the airport and deliver the car back.
Sorry if my account was not at all understandable. I read some other posts, and it seamed that the forum always wanted more info, so there you have it :D
All in all, is my plan realistic and how is my timing between the places? We want to find motels outside SF, LA and LV, but it seams we will be in need of accommodation in the desert which, as I understand, is scarce. Isn't it necessary to book in the desert? The dream is to rent a Ford Mustang convertible, but is this just a really stupid idea? I don't mind spending the extra cash on the rental and the extra gas, but is it just really uncomfortable on a long drive, og is it not handy on the dirt roads? :-S
Oh, and tell us about any underrated places to visit on our trip that are not in the map wizard. We checked the map wizard on this page and found so many things to see!
Hope to hear from you!