I've read a lot of these threads and they've been really helpful, so I thank you all for that.
The problem is the more I read the more I want to see & do!
Let me explain more or less what I'd like to see and hopefully you can help me with the best routes.
My wife and I start our trip in San Francisco (for 3 days) towards the end of August this year. From there we'd like to spend 2 or 3 days driving Route 1 (Big Sur Coast Highway) down to L.A and possibly down to San Diego.
Depending on which of the two is better to start from (LA or San Diego) we'd then like to spend 3 weeks seeing the following places if possible and ending in LA:
Not sure if 3 weeks is enough time to see all of the above. We don't necessarily need to spend days hiking, white river rafting etc. but would like to travel at a leisurely pace and take it all in.
Which of these places is too similar and can be dropped? Are we missing anything special that we should be doing?
Now the route is where I'm really lost. Is it best to start from LA/ San Diego then:
Las Vegas - Hoover Dam - Death Valley - Yosemite - Zion- Bryce- Arches - Canyonlands - Monument Valley - Mesa Verde - Grand Canyon - Sedona - LA?
Would it be better to go in an anti-clockwise direction doing it all in reverse?
Would it be better to go about it in a completely different way?
Thanks in advance.