sorry this is going to be a long'un. Am trying to work out a route for part of the South West/California road trip some friends and I are taking next month. We are getting thoroughly over excited about it and need some sensible informed advice about how much we can realistically do and which areas we should prioritise seeing.
We fly into San Francisco in early April and fly out from there 19 days later. We're splitting the trip roughly into 3 parts - and we've got parts 2 and 3 sorted - this will be travelling up the California cost from LA and spending a good amount of time in San Franisco at the end.
HOWEVER, the first bit of the trip is proving tricky. We want to get out into the great outdoors, do some hiking drive through great landscapes, Camp if possible. My friend hasn't seen the grand canyon so that HAS to remedied!
We will have about 6 days to do this part of the trip. My thought was to fly straight out of San Fran to phoenix then drive to LA from there spending a couple of days at the grand canyon on the way. I would love to see bits of New Mexico but don't think we'll have time on this trip.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a 6/7 day trip from phoenix to LA via grand canyon. (Bit of an odd indirect route looking at the map)Our main priorities are great scenery, nature, interesting cultural/historic sights, atmospheric small towns etc.. We are 3 fun loving, romantic natured gals who are happy to rough it a bit an do things on the cheap.We love going to gigs and music festivals etc.. but we'll be doing all that in California so not such a priority here (though any great country music spots wouldn't go amiss)
My friends suggestion was to drive the whole way instead of flying to phoenix doing a loop round from san fran - to grand canyon back to San fran via california coast - However I'm not sure we'll have enough time and seems a bit silly to drive to grand canyon through Nevada when we've got no interest in going to Las Vegas which would be the natural stop off.
Other suggestion was fly in to Denver and travel down to LA from there via grand canyon
Yikes its all so confusing! - any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry to ramble on. Please ask me to clarify any points if I've not been clear.
Thanks for your consideration.