Hi guys, found this forum doing a Google search as me and my boyfriend are planning a roadtrip in the SW USA this September and I wanted some advice really on the route and whether it'd be feasible in a 14 day time limit.
The current route takes in all the places we want to visit, over 14 days, from Los Angeles, through California, Arizona & Nevada, back to California ending up back in LA for a return flight. We plan to hire a car (he wants a Mustang convertible, I want some sort of sensible 4x4! lol) for the whole journey
This route is by no means set and is more of a rought first draft so I'm open to any suggestions as to the best places to visit (or alternatively places to leave out!)
Days 1-2: Los Angeles
Day 3: Joshua Tree
Day 4: Phoenix
Day 5: Grand Canyon
Day 6-7: Las Vegas, inc visit to Valley of Fire
Day 8: Death Valley
Day 9: Bakersfield
Day 10: Yosemite
Day 11-12: San Francisco
Day 13: Pismo Beach
Day 14: LA for flight home
Map of route:
Total mileage works out (according to Google) as 2,162 and average daily mileage works out at around 200 miles a day, which we'll share as I don't want to drive more than we actually see.
Can anyone comment on the above itinerary, do we need more days at some places and less at others? Is there anywhere on the route we MUST visit which can replace something we shouldn't bother seeing? Any advice or suggestions welcome. There is a possibility it could be longer than 14 days, we're going Friday to Friday currently, so we could extend to 15, 16 or 17 days if required.
This is my first road trip in the States (and first holiday outside of Europe) so it's a really big deal for me and I want it to be the most amazing holiday. Planning on mainly staying in motels, Holiday Inn type places, apart from Vegas where I want to stay in somewhere luxurious.... (if anyone can recommend a luxury Vegas hotel, please feel free to!)