Hi all, this site is just what I've been looking for!
Planning a trip to to California next April/May, and have hit on the idea of travelling around by car. We'll be flying in from the UK, and will most likely be flying into Las Vegas and out from LA. There's a few "must do's" on the list, and first stop is a trek through the Grand Canyon, a night or two in Las Vegas etc. From there, we're hoping to take in Joshua Tree park, LA, Santa Barbara, Death Valley, maybe climb and camp Mt Whitney (we're pretty active!), San Francisco, a few more national parks, you get the jist... Essentially looking to do a vague south to north drive over 2 or 3 weeks.
I've had a look at suggested itineraries on here and the ones I've seen seem to suggest a 2-3 day route between most places. What we're looking for would be much longer trip. I'm not after a full ititnerary, more any suggestions anyone's got, must sees, even if it's possible- or worth spending that much time- to do it.
A bit unsure of things like fuel costs etc. We'd probably be hiring a car for a week to 10 days, and I've had a few quotes on that. Looking at something like a Chevy Cobalt or a Pontiac G6. Any ideas on fuel costs for a drive that will take in most of California? And the taxes etc that are levied on rental charges. I've read in a few places that tourists tend to get rinsed on car hire, so a bit wary of hidden charges etc.
Sorry this has rambled for quite a bit. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Basically, on a £1500-£2000 budget, how far and much can we get in California/Vegas (not gambling!), taking in the places I mentioned above? I'll probably find another post that answers all these questions on another post as soon as I post this...
Thanks in advance!