Hello! What a fantastic website! I've spent about 4 hours solid reading all the excellent, informative posts on here - how lovely to have found a forum full of friendly experts =)
Apologies in advance if I repeat a few obvious questions in this thread that have already been answered elsewhere but I'm a bit overwhelmed with info at the moment and would appreciate a little guidance!
My other half and I are taking a 6 month 'career break' to travel around South America and have decided to kick things off with an 18 day road trip in the States (we fly into LA on 5th October and then from LA to Colombia on 22nd October).
We have no solid plans at the moment - all we know is that we want to do the following:
LA (2 nights)
Grand Canyon (we'd like to do some camping/hiking here so maybe 3 nights? Also - it it do-able to drive to the GC from LA direct or would you recommend a stop over?)
Vegas (1 night)
Death Valley (1 night)
Yosemite (as with GC - would love to spend some time hiking/camping here so maybe 3 nights?)
San Francisco (3 nights - I used to live here but boyf has never been so looking forward to showing him the sights!)
PCH back down to LA over 4 days - I've done this before over 2 days staying in San Louis Obispo for 1 night but would like to spend longer doing the journey and stay somewhere else (eg Big Sur)
I'd really appreciate any tips any of you may have - if there is anything you feel we are missing or if you think we're being over-confident with driving times (ie the LA - Grand Canyon bit). We don't really want to be spending most of our time in the car but at the same time don't want to miss out on all the fantastic sights this part of the world has to offer. We hadn't originally planned to include Yosemite but after seeing pictures on this forum we've decided we'd be daft to miss it!
Also - weather-wise do you think we'll be ok camping in Yosemite in early/mid Oct?
Thanks for reading! =)