I am so impressed with this site and intend to become an obsessive user helping other people on their road trips as soon as I'm through with this one, which we're taking the second week of December:
Start in San Francisco
Stay one night in Yosemite
Stay one night in Sequoia
Stay one night at the Grand Canyon
Then we start to head home:
Stay one night in Phoenix, visit White Sands the next day
Stay one night in Las Cruces, visit Carlsbad the next day
Then onward home to Houston via a margarita night in San Antonio
On our last road trip through the Smoky Mountains and Kentucky last December, we encountered some really scary night driving, especially in Kentucky, where the hills were substantial, everything was dark, we were trying to just get through the drive with our sanity intact while semis rushed around us because they knew the dark hills far better than we did. It was the most frightening six hours of my life and I never want to do it again.
I don't know what's in store for me in California and Arizona. We're not used to driving in snow (we're Houstonians, after all), and the prospect of scary night driving is freaking me out. Are there any scary areas we should expect day or night on this path that we're taking? Better to know now so I'm not the one driving when they come up.
Thank you so much for any help you can provide, guys. Oh, and a little tip: don't drive in Kentucky at night unless you like the idea of unlit hills and curvy roads and semi trucks.