I'm from Germany (Munich) and are going on a 40 days road trip through California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, starting in mid August.
Currently the route has a length of 9600km (6000 miles). I'm going on my own, so it's quite some driving, but I'm used to long drives and do enjoy it (at the moment the route has four longer drives, two at 800km/500miles and two at 600km/400miles per day, the other days less) and I plan to do frequent stops along the way.
I already secured accommodation for the first 31 days (some of which is flexible), just because I needed to know when I will be in some of the national parks, because Yosemite/Yellowstone where pretty much almost completely booked.
I'm looking for some tips on what to see and do along the route, some hidden gems. I'm big into photography, so any scenic drives, hiking trails, beautiful scenery/landscapes, local café / restaurants would be welcome.
I'm also looking for some adventures, like rafting, jeep driving in the desert, fishing, mountain-biking or similar activities.
And I definitely need advise on what to pack / not to pack and some roadtrip do's and don'ts.
Day 01 Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, Morro Bay
Day 02 San Simeon, Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz
Day 03 Santa Cruz, San Francisco
Day 04 San Francisco
Day 05 San Francisco
Day 06 San Francisco
Day 07 San Franzisco to Redwood National Park (Elk Prairie Campground)
Day 08 Redwood NP to Lake Tahoe
Day 09 Yosemite NP (Wawona Campground)
Day 10 Yosemite NP (Wawona Campground)
Day 11 Yosemite NP / Silver Lake (Silver Lake Campground June Lake)
Day 12 Yosemite NP / Silver Lake (Silver Lake Campground June Lake)
Day 13 Death Valley, Las Vegas
Day 14 Las Vegas
Day 15 Hoover Dam, Sedona
Day 16 Sedona, Grand Canyon (Mather Campground)
Day 17 Grand Canyon (Mather Campground)
Day 18 Grand Canyon (Mather Campground)
Day 19 Monument Valley
Day 20 Albuquerque (visiting Friends, exploring NM)
Day 21 Albuquerque (visiting Friends, exploring NM)
Day 22 Albuquerque (visiting Friends, exploring NM)
Day 23 Colorado Springs, Aspen
Day 24 Rocky Mountain National Park, Rawlins
Day 25 Rawlins to Yellowstone NP (Canyon Campground)
Day 26 Yellowstone NP (Canyon Campground)
Day 27 Yellowstone NP (Canyon Campground)
Day 28 Yellowstone NP (Grant Village Campground)
Day 29 Grand Teton National Park
Day 30 Grand Teton National Park, Salt Lake City
Day 31 Salt Lake City
Day 32 Yuba State Park, Fishlake National Forest
Day 33 Zion NP
Day 34 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Day 35 Bryce Canyon State Park
Day 36 Grand Canyon (north)
Day 37 Las Vegas
Day 38 Las Vegas
Day 39 Los Angeles
Day 40 Los Angeles
Thank you so much!