I am new to the forum, but I have spent a long time reading all of your posts and ideas whilst trying to work out a route for our road trip in July 2010. We are flying in LA and then flying back from San Francisco 16 nights later. Please can I have any comments on the following route you may have?
Day 1 - Land in LA
Day 2 - LA (Universal Studios & Grauman Chinese Theatre)
Day 3 - LA to San Diego (Along coastal route) - 2. 5hours
Day 4 - San Diego (San Diego Zoo)
Day 5 - San Diego to Wickenburg (via Yuma - anything to see along this part of route?) - 6 hours
Day 6 - Wickenburg to Cameron (via Sedona) - 5 hours
Day 7 - Cameron to Kingsman (Taking in the Grand Canyon) - 4 hours
Day 8 - Kingman to Las Vegas (Hoover Dam) - 3 hours
Day 9 - Las Vegas (Take in a show)
Day 10 - Las Vegas to Ridgecrest (via Death Valley NP) - 6 hours
Day 11 - Ridgecrest to Fresno (Sequoia NP) - 6 hours
Day 12 - Fresno to Yosemite Village - 2 hours
Day 13 - Yosemite Village to Lake Tahoe (via Tioga Pass) - 4 hours
Day 14 - Lake Tahoe to San Francisco (Via Sacramento) - 3.5 hours
Day 15 - San Francisco (Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge)
Day 16 - San Francisco
Day 17 - Fly home
I have a few concerns:
Are we trying to be too ambitious and fit too much in a short space of time? If so, what would you suggest missing out and where to spend more time?
Are my timings approximately correct?
We want to try and be a little bit flexible with our plans, so have not booked any accomodation yet - Are there are any areas where we should definitely book for this time of year?
Are there any areas of interest which I have missed out and should definitely include?
I have budgeted around $75 a day for food (for 2 people) and around $400 for gas (using the tool on here). Do you think these are fair approximations? We realise that we won't be able to eat a nice sit down reasturant meal every day and are prepared to eat fast food for the majority of the time.
That's it for now, I look forward to hearing any suggestions or feedback you might have for our trip.