I believe this is my first post on this forum, and first of all, I wanted to thank you all for the amazing resources you give out here! I have been reading up on this forum for days in order to build the itinerary that'll fit the needs of my sister and I for our upcoming trip.
We're planning three weeks throughout NY, the national parks and California in late July - mid-August. Basically, we come to see the great sites like the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas... but also to have a real taste of America. Added to that, my sister isn't much of a hiker (and me netiher, to be honest), so 10-hours hikes are out of the question.
We'll be renting a car in Las Vegas to go through the parks, then down to Dan Diego and all the way up to San Francisco. I am having trouble organising it as I find that a lot of itineraries actually start in SF and end in LA, bu we really wanted our last week to have sister-chilling-time in California (we haven't seen each other in a while, as we live on different continents!)... so beaches, shopping and nice meals absolutely needed to be in the picture :) And the time in New York, too.
I think we might drop Yellowstone as well, as i suspect the park will be crowded wehn we're around there (second week of August), and due to our long-hike reluctance, we won't have time to get deep into the park...
This is for the backstory. Here's the planned itinerary:
Day 1 Arrival around lunch time NY
Day 2 NY
Day 3 NY
Day 4 NY
Day 5 NY
Day 6 NY + flight to Las Vegas
Day 7 Las Vegas + road to Bryce – overnight stop in Springdale
Day 8 Bryce Canyon
Day 9 Lake Powell
Day 10 Monument Valley
Day 11 Grand Canyon (North Rim/South Rim?)
Day 12 ???
Day 13 ???
Day 14 San Diego
Day 15 Los Angeles
Day 16 Los Angeles
Day 17 Santa Barbara
Day 18 Beach (beach time will be between pismo beach? carmel? monterey? big sur?)
Day 19 Beach
Day 20 San Francisco
Day 21 San Francisco
Day 22 San Francisco (departure)
Now, my issues are:
- Two days in the middle with nothing there - Is it worth it to take more days in the parks the days before... or to try and fit in a trip to the Sequoia park later in the trip?
- Getting from the Grand Canyon to San Diego - that's an awfully long road (we try not to drive more than 4.30 hours a day...)... Where should we stop? Should we forgo San Diego altogether? I hear it's a great place to be!!
- US Route 66: I'd really be able to drive a little on the Mother Road... At what point would it be the wisest? I am aware it would take longer, but I think I'd be willing to do it - provided i find a nice diner along the road...
So here goes my not-so precise plan. I really want to have a good itinerary so that once I have it, we can stop whenever we want along the road (we'll be booking rooms in the parks but we'll leave the rest opened, I think (or maybe not, we aren't sure yet), and see how we go along...
So anyways, I'd be really interested to know your opinion about the three points earlier... Any information or idea will be welcome!
Thanks so much in advance!!