My wife and I have booked flights from London to NYC in summer of this year (Mid June to Mid July). After a few days in NYC we will be flying to San Fran. After a few days in San Fran we will be traveling south via Route 1 to San Diego and then on to Las Vegas.
First question: Any recommendations which towns/cities/locations we should visit on the Route 1 trip. We will have about 8-9 days between leaving San Fran and arriving at San Diego. Also, any recommendations on where we should visit when traveling from San Diego to Las Vegas (2-3 days). We are interested in seeing a bit of national park landscape on that part of the trip.
Second question: In order to reduce costs, we have been considering camping a bit during the trip. Our preference would probably be motels or hotels, but we thought camping might be a cheaper option. Any thoughts?
Lastly: Do we need to book early for camping/motels/hotels during that time of the year (we'll be on the route during 4th July)? We though that if we camped that we wouldn't need to book as early (not sure though).
Sorry this is so mch info to take in. Any help that any of you could offer two first-time american roadtrippers would be much appreciated.