I have been browsing the forums and as people seemed very friendly on here I thought I would post a question that I know has been asked lots of times, but wanted to ask it anyway!
My wife and I (we got married two days ago, so typing that seems very weird) are honeymooning in Las Vegas for 6 days and San Francisco for six days, flying out to Vegas this Saturday (23rd). We have rented a car (a something Blazer I think...) to drive from Vegas to SF - setting off from the MGM Grand at around 8am on 28th September, staying in Bishop that evening (for which there is a question below) and plan to drop the car off in San Fran at about 9pm the following day, 29th September.
Our rough route for day 1 is as follows:
Take the 160 out of vegas
At around Pahrump take HWY 372, take this west and join the 127 at Shoshone
Follow north to Death Valley Junction and take the 190 west through Death Valley Park.
I believe the 190 turns in to the 178 which we will follow through Beatty Junction and then back in to the 190 through Panamint Springs.
Then take the east route around Owen's Lake on HWY 136 and then follow the roud through Lone Pine and up to Bishop to stay the night.
Is this a decent route?
Is any of it closed?!
What would be the good places to stop?
How long do you think it would take?
Would we be better heading a bit further on day one and staying in somewhere like Lee Vining considering the journey the next day? Is Lee Vining nicer than Bishop? I live in a crappy Midlands town in the UK, so please bear in mind that most places seem like a godsend for me!
I was also wondering if someone could recomend a route from Bishop / Lee Vining through to San Fran? We're happy to get on the road at 7am or earlier if needs be.
Also, what will the weather be like?
And the typical question, is there lots of petrol stations along the way?!
I'm from the UK so if anyone needs a run down of the junctions on the M25 or advice on getting out of Birmingham through the back roads, I'm your man :)
Thanks in advance