Dear RTA members,
My girlfriend has a conference in San Francisco and because we're from the Netherlands I immediately suggested we append a vacation to it. We're a young couple (25y) and we really like the nature, so I created a itinerary to visit a few National Parks. To reduce the costs a bit we'll be tenting in the NPs.
Below is my current itinerary:
23 June: Leave from San Francisco to Yosemite Lake (camping spots available)
24 June: Leave early to Yosemite to get a first-come, first served campsite on one of the campings on the Tioga Pass Road.
25 June: Whole day in Yosemite
26 June: Leave early to Las Vegas via the Death Valley (sleep in the Main Street Station Hotel)
27 June: Have a nice breakfast at the Orleans and head to Zion NP (camping spots available)
28 June: Whole day in Zion NP
29 June: Head to Bryce Canyon for a first-come, first served campsite (I've mailed and if we arrive around noon there'll be enough spots left)
30 June: Go to Sunrise Point and after that leave heading Grand Canyon, but stop in Page to take the Upper Antelope Canyon tour. (Marther Campground has camping spots available)
1 July: Make a hike downwards the Grand Canyon.
2 July: Leave early to Palm Springs (sleep in the 7 Springs Inn & Suites)
3 July: Leave early to Santa Barbara, expecting a lot of traffic around LA. (Not decided where to sleep yet)
4 July: Celebrate 4th of July, we won't expect to be able to travel much?
5 July: Leave from Santa Barbara heading for Monterey (any nice tips for on the road?) (sleep at the Best Western in Monterey)
6 July: Stay the whole day in Monterey, bike the 17 mile drive, visit the aquarium, possibly visit the Big Sur for some hiking
7 July: Leave for San Francisco in the morning, possibly visit the Google Headquarters, and Intel Museum in Mountain View (stay at a hotel to be determined)
8 July: Return car, enjoy last day of the vacation in San Francisco and head for SFO around 5 pm.
One "problem" is that we're not sure what to expect around the 4th of july, our ideal itinerary would mean a day more in Yosemite and maybe one more in zion/bryce, and go from Grand Canyon to Santa Barbara in one day, but that day would be the 4th of july...
So what would your advise be?