Kiwis coming to the USA in September 08 for our first proper road trip....did one day from Vegas to Grand Canyon and back in 2006 and looking forward to much more!
Our plans at this stage are...
Arriving from UK at LA and spending 4 nights before getting car and down to San Diego for 3 nights. Then we have 24 days on the road.
My plans are basically as follow...
Leave San Diego to Palm Springs for one night (the impressive chairlift/gondola is out for servcing when we are there!)
Then off through Joshua Tree National Park. After leaving the Park, it is either up to Barstow on 247 to baker and then to Death Valley or from Twenty Nine Pines up through the Majove Desert road to baker and then to Death Valley (is this desert road suitable for a standard sedan?)
After Death Valley we head for Begas for a couple of nights before going up to Zion, Bryce and Grand Escalante. We are planning two nights on the North Rim (are the views, sunsets etc as good on the North Rim as the South?)
From the Canyon we head est to Monment Valley and up to Moab where we will visit Arches and Canyonlands before heading to Mesa Verde.
This is where my planning sort of stops....will 24 days on the road be OK for this or will we have time for a lot (or a little more). if there is time, will that allow us top go north as far as Yellowstone and then across to the coast and back down to LA (that is where we fly out from).
Any and all suggestions re the timing and amount of travel plus extra thinsg to see and do will be absolutely gratefully received. I seem to have planned around the BIG features but feel certain that there will be a lot more to see in the areas where we are going. we definitely want to do the San Fransisco - LA drive down the coast.
We may not get another chance to do a trip in the US so want the best time we can - seeing as much as possible but not being exhausted (my wifes comments!!)
Many thanks for any comments that are given - they will be read with great interest
Shaun and Jackie