i've been living at the east coast for a little over a year and my parents will visit from germany in april. they want to see a lot of things in those two weeks and i convinced them to dropp some stuff but we still have plenty on our list. it's their first visit to the usa so i don't want to disappoint them...
they're going to fly to L.A. and leave from San fransisco. i do have a possible route but still some insecurities...well, a lot...we're going to travel in a mini van and stay and motels or hotels.
here is our trip:
1) we get to our hotel in l.a. around two. i just planned a short trip to the beach, maybe santa monica
2) a short stop in hollywood before we drive to san diego
3) we are going to joshua tree park and plan to stay the night in kingman
4) we are going to the grand canyon. i was hoping to find some hotel close to the south rim
5) we are driving to page, az and plan to visit glen canyon and lake powell from there
6) we plan to go to Bryce Canyon. I have no idea where to stay there. what's a close city?
7) we plan to stop at zion national park for a few hours and go to las vegas afterwards. i don't know if the ride would be to long and which way to go. it's a sunday and i heard storys about traffic jams around the hoover dam.
8) sightseeing in vegas, i also heard, there are some pretty good outlet malls there?
9) we are going to death valley. that's my biggest concern... not only is it extremely hot there but i also heard that the streets are pretty bad? i also heard that there's a lack of gas stations around? additionally i didn't find anything to stay the night yet. i think it's a pretty long drive there from vegas already. the next day we want to go to yosemite.
10) yosemite i'm still wondering if it's more convenient to stay directly at the park or somerwhere else. i was told there a lots of bush fires around there...
12) san francisco. is it possible to drive there in just a few hours? or is the traffic too bad? i've been in san fransisco before but i don't know where a good area to stay is. it's soooo big...
13) san fransisco
i'm also wondering how the cell phone reception is going to be in the desert. i don't have verizon or some other big network so i'm kinda concerned.should i get a satellite phone? would it make sense to bring some extra gas in a container in the trunk or are there enough gas stations out there?
there's just so much stuff to think about and i don't know my head from my feet anymore :-) i would be extremely thankful for any help...