We are leaving Australia to take 12 months off work to tour Europe but will be going via America. We would be arriving mid to late April. Our high level (but flexible) plan is to spend 4 weeks each on the West and East Coasts (including Canada). We are primarily interested in seeing natural sights (coasts, national parks etc.) but will want to spend 2-3 days in major cities / experience American culture.
Our planning is currently focussed on the West Coast trip as this is our first destination. I've been reading the forums but the level of detail is overwhelming! I'm really after some advice on the 'must sees / dos' and a basic route (or links to other threads). We are thinking of flying into San Francisco / Las Vegas then making our way to Vancouver before flying across to the East Coast of Canada before heading back down towards New York to fly out to the UK. We could also start in Vancouver and head down if this makes more sense.
High level things we would like to see / do on the West Coast:
San Fran for 2-3 nights (or more if recommended)
Las Vegas (2 nights)
Disneyland (unless there are strong recommendations on this)
But since we are flexible on time / route thoughts on the 'ultimate' route / itinerary would also be very useful.
Any help / advice / links you can provide would be greatly appreciated.