I just joined your great forum today but I've spent hours reading the various threads about this popular trip over the last few weeks - so a big thank you for being such an amazing resource of valuable info. I'm very impressed.
We are planning a 2 week trip and this is our current itinerary:
17th Oct San Francisco arrive
18th Oct Day in San Francisco by the coast - possibly mountain biking?
19th Oct Napa Valley
20th Oct Drive to Yosemite in am, afternoon in Yosemite, staying in the park for 3 nights
21st Oct Yosemite
22nd Oct Yosemite
23rd Oct Drive to Death Valley in am, attractions in afternoon staying in Furnace in Ranch(?)
24th Oct Death Valley in am and drive to Vegas in afternoon, night in Vegas
25th Oct Spare day – need your help!
26th Oct Drive to Grand Canyon
27th Oct Grand Canyon – Bright Angel Trail
28th Oct Drive to Monument Valley in am, tour in pm
29th Oct Drive to Antelope Canyon, drive on to Bryce Canyon
30th Oct Bryce Canyon
31st Oct Drive to Zion, few hours in Zion, drive to Vegas for 9pm flight
A lot of this has come from reading your advice. So as you’ll see we have a spare day at the moment. We can use this anywhere in the trip, although we have booked into El Trovar in the Grand Canyon and we got their last room, so if we added it into the end of the trip we’d have to change our hotel in the Grand Canyon. So any guidance on this would be welcome, either on extra places we should see, or where we might appreciate the extra night.
We had decided to only spend one night in Vegas because we don’t think there is much to do during the day, so it seems like a wasted day when we could be in a beautiful national park. Two nights there would be good, but all the day trips we seem to be doing anyway in our second leg. Maybe we’ve got this wrong though.
San Francisco is a possibility for the extra day – we have both been before so things like Alcatraz are not on the list. But perhaps we could find two fun day activities – any suggestions welcome.
The other question I have is about Napa Valley. We’d like to do some sort of tour so we can sample the wines and not have to drive. Would we be better doing a tour from San Francisco, so we don’t have to uproot for the night? Or would you recommend spending the night in Napa? Are there any good tours anyone can recommend? Any that involve cycling? We are very outdoorsy and active, so would be up for cycling round the region.
Thanks so much in advance for any advice you have.