My first post here. I've done some reading and searching through the forum and have already found some really useful info. What a great website!
We're South Africans doing our first road trip next month in May. Below is our itinerary. Do you guys think this is a good trip and not too much distance to travel each day. Rented a Chrysler Sebring from Dollar. Looks like a pretty comfortable car. My only concern is that we might want to use dirt roads in some locations so not sure if I should rather get a SUV. They are more thirsty though....so more expensive.
Day 1: Los Angeles (2 nights)
Day 3: Santa Barbara
Day 4: Monterey
Day 5: San Francisco (2 nights)
Day 7: Yosemite
Day 8: Death Valley
Day 9: Bryce Canyon
Day 10: Lake Powell (2 nights)
Day 12: Grand Canyon (2 nights)
Day 14: Las Vegas (2 nights)
One of my main concerns are that Tioga Pass in Yosemite might be closed. We'll be there around mid-may. I guess we could take Sonora Pass north of Yosemite, but that might be closed as well. The other alternative is driving down south to Death Valley, but that's about 400 miles and won't leave us with much time in Death Valley, which is one of the stops I'm looking most forward to. The day after we have about 400 miles to cover again to Bryce Canyon, so will have to leave early as well.
Also, thinking of making a stop in Monument Valley on day 12 on our way from Lake Powell to Grand Canyon. It's about a 200 mile detour. Do you reckon it's worth it?
What do you guys think. Any tips much appreciated.