Hello to you all and thanks to all the greats contributors that helped me setting up this trip!
I'm a 25 year old french guy wanting to travel to your beautiful country.
Nothing is yet set in stone so i'd like your input in my journey.
I'll be arriving at LAX the 29th April i'll be staying there until the 5th of May because i'll be seeing two concerts the 3rd and 4th and renting a 60's mustang for a daytrip(2nd may) maybe to Kingman or/and by the ocean. I'll use this time to visit the beaches near maybe renting a bicycle.
The 5th I have planned to go to San Diego for the week end until the 8th i have some friends there to party a bit.
The 8th May i'll be going to Kingman or Pheonix depending on what you think is best, Phoenix as no appeal to me for now but i don't know this city.
The 9th-10th Grand Canyon south rim sleeping there or nearby. Is it worth spending a whole day hear? Maybe using my legs a bit to see more?
The 11th en route to Monument Valley if i find somewhere to sleep, and is it worth it going there after GC?
The 12th back track a bit to Page AZ to see Lake Powell/ Antelope island or should i skip this?
The 13th Bryce Canyon, not sure too, looks pretty!
The 14th-16th(17th?) Las Vegas want to try shooting a gun, I heard this might be a good place to do it(safely) what can I do in Vegas, I'll play a bit but don't want to lose to much money :).
17th Death Valley maybe Yosemite a bit not sure where to sleep there?
18th Tiago pass/Yosemite is Tiago pass open this time of year? Or should i go down south of Yosemite?
19th-22nd San Francisco (or an other stop before, suggestion welcome)
23rd San José maybe just few hours or sleep there don't know if it's worth it
24th-25th Going down route(highway?) 1 in a cabriolet (I'll swap rentals in SF or San José) taking my time enjoying views. Where should I stop, San Luis obispo, Prismo beach?
26th-29th Santa barbara Malibu LA
29th Back Home.
So I'm open to suggestion, things I should see, things I should change, i'd like to use airbnb for cheap rooms but you can't find them in small cities, where should i sleep inexpensively.
I have to workout(preparing french fireman entry), running(3times a week)and pull ups mostly (5times a week) can I run outside out there or is it too hot/cold/dangerous? Usually when I go running I find where to do my pull ups (child playground, construction...). Or should I find gyms that accept people for 1 session?
I'd like to swap cars as much as possible to try few American cars(Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep...) Any car that I can rent is a must try? I know it's a bit more expensive to change car than to stay with one all the way but I don't mind.
Should I get a car arriving in LA or can i use the public transport, maybe rent a bike. I think it would be fun. When I stay few days in LV, SF i thought of giving the car back and using transport to save a bit of money and to swap cars is it a good idea?
I'll be doing most of my trip alone, I see we have a share the gas sub-forum but it seems kinda lifeless is it somewhere else i could post my route to share expenses.
Thanks for your help! Hoping to share some wine with some of you on my trip.