My wife and I are currently planning a last-minute trip to the USA in April. We have return flights into LAX and we would like to see some of California (LA, San Francisco, Vegas, and some parks), we would love to see New Orleans and some of the Deep South, and we are keen to get over to New York also. I was thinking that we could fit in two road trips (LA to SF via Vegas / Yosemite) and Nashville to New Orleans via Memphis.
Neither of us have been to USA before so we are looking for any help that people could give us. I am mindful that we are trying to squeeze in a LOT in a short space of time, but we would love to get to these 3 locations, even if we need to curb some of the travel. We dont mind a bit of travelling, and we have backpacked around Europe and India before. We would consider buses, trains and domestic flights if people think it more sensible.
If people could check out the following rough itinerary and let us know what they think that would be AWESOME!
1-Apr: Arrive Los Angeles, hire car in Airport to drop off in San Francisco 10-Apr
2-Apr: Day looking around Los Angeles.
3-Apr: 9AM Drive to Las Vegas via Mojave (5 hrs with no stops), go to hotel in Las Vegas
4-Apr: Day in Las Vegas, tour of sights, night in LV
5-Apr: Day in Las Vegas, chopper tour of Grand Canyon
6-Apr: 9AM Drive Las Vegas to Bishop, via Death Valley National Park (5hrs no stops), hotel in Bishop or Mammoth Lakes
7-Apr: Tour around Yosemite National Park, stay a second night in same hotel or find hotel in nearby town
NOTE - I have since realised that we cannot go through Yosemite at this time of year (approaching from the East), as such we were thinking of maybe spending the night in or near Death Valley, then going the long-way-round to the south and staying in or near Yosemite NP the following evening.
8-Apr: 9AM, depart for San Francisco (6hrs , no stops), find hotel in SF, spend late afternoon/evening checking out SF.
9-Apr: Spend day in San Francisco
10-Apr: Fly San Francisco to New York
11,12,13,14-Apr: Time in NYC
15-Apr: Flight NYC to Nashville, pickup rental car at the airport to drop off in New Orleans
16-Apr: Day in Nashville
17-Apr: Drive to Memphis (3hrs, no stops)
18-Apr: Day in Memphis
19-Apr: Drive to New Orleans (6hrs, no stops), find Hotel in New Orleans (or stop somewhere nearby, plantations etc)
20-Apr: Day in New Orleans, stay in same hotel
21-Apr: Day in New Orleans, stay in same hotel (Day trip to plantations?)
22-Apr: Day in New Orleans, stay in same hotel
23-Apr: Flight to Los Angeles
Thanks all for any hints, tips, suggestions. Note that we are not precious about where we stay, where we go, or what we do, just trying to extract as much out of the time as we can!! THANKS ALL!