Greetings from Denmark...
My girlfriend and I are planning a road trip to the US starting April 21st in San Francisco. This will be our first road trip ever so we are obviously not very experienced with this and need some help.
Most of the route is already more or less planned, but mainly the route between Las Vegas and San Francisco is still causing us problems due to closed roads and sights we want to see. We have read a lot of usefull threads in here already about this route but are still not sure what the best solution is during this time of the year.
I'm listing our entire route here:
Day 01: Copenhagen - San Francisco
Day 02: Stay in SF
Day 03: Stay in SF
Day 04: Stay in SF
Day 05: SF to Santa Maria
Day 06: Santa Maria to LA
Day 07: Stay in LA
Day 08: Stay in LA
Day 09: Stay in LA
Day 10: LA to Laughlin
Day 11: Laughlin to Grand Canyon SR
Day 12: Grand Canyon to Page/Lake Powell
Day 13: Page/Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon to Zion NP
Day 14: Zion NP to Las Vegas
Day 15: Stay in Vegas
Day 16: Stay in Vegas
Day 17: LV through Death Valley
Day 18: ?
Day 19: ?
Day 20: ?
Day 21: ?
Day 22: Fly from SF to Orlando (need to be at the airport at 10 AM)
As you can see it's mainly the route from DV to SF we need help on but if anyone has comments to other parts of the route we'd love to hear it. What are the must-sees on this route? Are we missing out on anything?
We leave LV on May 7th and plan to head out through Death Valley. We want to end up at Yosemite before returning to SF and would love to go through Sequoia and Kings Canyon on the road to Yosemite. From what I can read in here this is not the easiest route and we do not expect the Tioga Road to be open so we have to enter Yosemite from the South.
With the number of days available what which route would the experienced road trippers recommend?