I'm planning a road trip through California and on to Las Vegas. But there are so many options, I have no idea what to do.
First of all, I've never been the the USA, so I want to see the cities, and spend quite a bit of time in them. This may mean doing a few long trips in the car, and skipping things like Yosemite and Grand Canyon.
Second, I only have 11 days (10 nights). (I've booked a 2 week trip, the rest of the time I will be staying in NYC)
My thoughts are as follows:
Fly to San Fransisco, spend 3 nights there.
Drive to Lake Tahoe (?) spend one night there (I believe it is beautiful, but maybe I should try find somewhere in between San Fran & Vegas rather, like death valley)
Drive to Las Vegas, spend 2 nights there.
Drive to Los Angeles, spend 4 nights there. I could split up the time is LA, and drive up the coast to Santa Barbra? Or down the coast and spend one night in San Diego?
I chose to start in San Fran & end in LA to avoid the high cost of a One-Way return (The South African Rand is R10 to the $1, so I'm trying to save wherever possible).
But maybe this is just adding too much driving time onto an already short holiday?
Am I spending too much, or too little time in certain places? Is LA worth 4 days?
I must also add that we don't really mind long drives - an 8 hour drive in a day is fine, as long as we have a day after that to rest and enjoy.