Ok, so first off let me say this is an amazing forum, I have been copying and pasting advice from loads of different threads for the last 6 weeks or so, and I know, I know, there is absolutely loads written about similar trips to the one I am going on, but I hope you don't mind me starting a new thread, for advice on our route....There is so much info on the site that I wasn't going to ask, but of course I have left it till the day before we set off, as I am getting increasingly worried that we are trying to fit too much in, in too short a time.
We don't mind driving quite a lot on most days, , but do want to have a bit of time to relax, so if this means cutting out some of the sights and maybe taking a major highway to speed up a bit of the trip, then we are happy to do so.
For various unavoidable reasons, we have a shorter time than we would like for trip. 11 days. (was to be 15)
We have booked hotels in a few points, but wanted to leave ourselves free to go with the flow for other bits.
Here is our loose Itinerary (I have specified where we have booked hotels, so have to be in these places on the given dates) followed by a couple of specific questions.
I would really appreciate any input or help that you have on this
and sorry for going over old ground, as well as for such a last minute question - we are flying out tomorrow!!
13th - Arrive San Fran a.m - have booked Alcatraz for late day trip, staying union square
14th - Pick up pre booked rental convertible, and set off towards Yosemite (580, 205, 120)
Our plan then is to drive through Yosemite, and on to Death Valley, but haven't booked any of this so current thoughts are to drive whole way through Yosemite and stay on the other side, and then overnight in death Valley.
16th 2 nights booked in vegas
18th Leave vegas early, night booked in Maswik South Rim Grand Canyon
19th, explore more of Grand Canyon, then head away midday (ish)
after this from 19th -22nd (when we need to get back to San Fran), we had been thinking of going Via LA, and driving up the coast.
Thought was to spend 19th somewhere between GC and LA, then spend 20th and 21st en route up the coast, before arriving back in SF on 22nd. Dropping Car back morning of 23rd.
(just a note that we have both visited San Fran and LA before, which is why we aren't too Pushed about spending time there)
So, my big questions are as follows.
1: are we mental to have planned such a lot of driving in this space of time, if so, given our fixed points, is there a way to rectify this...
we could maybe spend an extra night in grand Canyon, then put in a big days drive to get back closer to San Fran? Is it too ambitious to drive the coast as well?
2: should we skip Death valley, might we have problems with the car and the heat? This would also give us more Yosemite time..
Absolutely any suggestions are welcome, and I would really appreciate your thoughts on the trip,
Thanks a Million