I'm going to be visiting Las Vegas on business from England, and have a few days of holidays before I have to get to Vegas (I'm not much of a gambling man myself). So I'm flying into LA on July 3 and was contemplating a trip through one or both of Death Valley and Yosemite, and then through to the Grand Canyon. I need to be in Las Vegas on July 9, so I have 5 full days (I'd like to spend a full day in Yosemite if I go there, though).
I'm planning on renting an American muscle car for the trip, as I've wanted to do that since I was 18.
I had a few questions:
(1) Is it a bad idea to try and go to Yosemite coz it's so far up north? Google Maps seems to tell me that I'd need to go back south down the same route I came up on in order to get to Arizona from California. But that just seems rather dull. Is there a better route I could take to get to Nevada? If I skip the Grand Canyon, is there something else [like beautiful nature spots/lovely windy roads] I could see that's more convenient?
(2) Death Valley seems less in the wrong direction. But would it be a terrible idea to go there in July? I'm not a particularly dab hand when it comes to fixing up overheated cars.
(3) From what I can see, the direct route to the Grand Canyon would take me through the Mojave reserve. Is that a pretty part of America?
Sorry for all of the questions, and thanks in advance for your thoughts.