I'm visiting the States for the first time in my life, and I only have a couple of weeks to plan everything (I got free flights, so do not blame me please :) ) Could you please revise my brief itinerary?
After arriving in SFO, we'll spend two full days in SF, and the road trip begins with Day1:
Day1 - pickup a car in SFO at 12PM, drive to Monterey, chill and sleep
Day2 - do Big Sur, sleep in Morro Bay
Day3 - visit Santa Barbara, drive to LA, arrive the hotel in the evening
Day4 - Los Angeles
Day5 - Los Angeles
Day6 - leave L.A. early morning, drive to Las Vegas, visit Joshua tree NP, 29 Palms, Amboy, Kelso, arrive LV late in the evening
Day7 - Las Vegas
Day8 - drive to Grand Canyon, visiting Hoover Dam on the way (need an advice for a place to spend the night near the Canyon)
Day9 - drive to Antelope, take a tour there (if I am able to book it still, haven't checked), visit Horseshoe Bend, drive as close to Zion NP as possible, spend a night there (another advice needed)
Day10 - spend some time in Zion, drive back to Las Vegas (is Bryce canyon worth extra miles?)
Day11 - drive to Death Valley, stop there for some pictures, then head towards Yosemite (its Eastern part), stay overnight somewhere along 395(?).
Day12 - explore Yosemite (you Americans are blessed with such wonderful nature, I can't wait to go to all these places!)
Day13 - explore Yosemite (maybe go to its Western part for the overnight stay)
Day14 - drive to Sequoia NP early in the morning, spend the day there, stay somewhere near (Fresno, any other towns?)
Day15 - drive to Napa Valley (any recommendations for staying there?)
Day16 - Napa wine tasting, or simply exploring the Valley.
Day17 - not yet planned
Day18 - not yet planned
Day19 - drive to SFO in the morning, return the car, fly back home.
Please note: we are on a low-end budget, meaning that we'd like to spend nights in hostels, motels and even campsites.
We're not sure if we want to go to Napa Valley. I imagine it to be like Italy or France which is practically next door from where we live.
So we basically have two full days spare, and another two if we skip Napa. Should we squeeze them into the places we've already planned to visit, or should we rather go to some additional cities, cities, parks or mountains?