Hi everyone! new to this forum but love it! There is soooo much information! Just wondered if you would mind taking a look our plans for our trip later this year. I've pretty much set out where we want to stay, and have booked a couple of places. I am aware the first part of our trip is a bit zig - zaggy - but don't think there is much we can do about it - we had our flights booked before our (distant) relatives in Fresno said that we must try and visit them. Had we known in advance, we probably would have done a loop round and flown in and out of san fran but , never mind, flights booked so nothing we can do about it now!
So, if anyone can suggest anything to make the part around Yosemite/fresno/carmel a bit more sensible, I'd appreciate it, and also ideas of places along our journey that we must stop and see!
So here goes:-
Fri 25th Sept - arrive in San Fran for 3 nights. Plan to do alcatraz tour, all the usual touristy places etc. Hotel not booked (planning to use priceline)
Monday 28th - drive to Yosemite NP(approx 4 hours). booked in Yosemite lodge at the falls for 3 nights. need to do more research on our plans whilst in Yosemite.
Thurs 1st Oct - drive to Fresno to visit relatives (2hrs). Stay till mid afternoon then drive to Carmel (3hrs) stay overnight. (What must we see here?)
(had we not needed to go to fresno I would have like to have picked the coast road back up a bit further north but I don't think time permits)
Fri 2nd Oct - drive along Big Sur coast (do 17 mile drive?) -to san luis obispo (5 hrs inc a few short stops?? ) Stay overnight in SLO (probably at Madonna Inn but not yet booked)
Sat 3rd Oct- Drive to LA (4 hrs) stay in Hilton next to Universal (not yet booked) for 2 nights. main reason for visiting here is to do the halloween horror nights at Universal , but we will also see some sights - walk of fame/ hollywood sign/ venice beach etc)
Mon 5th oct - drive to San Diego (3hrs)- stay for 3 nights , probably stay in gaslamp area(probably book on priceline). Want to do a hop on/off tour bus, zoo , and sea world.
Thurs 8 Oct - drive to palm springs(2hrs) - stay for 3 nights - booked in Rendezvous Inn. Main aim is to relax but will go up on the tram, maybe visit joshua tree NP. also thinking of doing a balloon ride from here.
Sun 11 Oct - drive to Grand canyon (7-8hrs) - stay for 1night - book Yavapai lodge.
Mon 12 Oct - drive to las vegas (6 hours) - stay for 3 nights - nothing booked yet - hoping to stay at Venetian, MGM or Paris. see all the usual touristy things is there any day trips (no more than 2 hrs e/w worth doing from here - am thinking to scenic places etc), we're planning on handing car in after a day or 2 here.
Thurs 15 Oct - flight to New York - 2 days here - nothing booked yet
Sat 17th oct - Fly home to UK.