first of all I'd like to thank you for all the posts about this subject on this forum - I've read them intensely the last weeks. I know this is a well-debated subject, but I have a need to get some answers to my questions.
The plan: My wife-to-be and I are planning a US holiday for our honeymoon. We've made some plans, but most parts are open for discussion.
Arrive San Fransisco 13th september
Leave San Fransisco 28th september
Leave NY 2nd october
Sonoma 13th-17th september (romantic honeymoon)
Roadtrip 17th-24/25th september (busy honeymoon)
San Fransisco 24/25th - 28th september (sightseeing honeymoon)
New York 28th september - 2nd october (shopping honeymoon)
What I need your opinion on is, obviously, the roadtrip. What I have planned, to get everything that we want included, is the following:
17-18 Sonoma - Bishop (via Yosemite)
18-19 Bishop - Las Vegas
19-20 Las Vegas - Grand Canyon
20-21 Grand Canyon - Barstow
21-22 Barstow - Springville (via Sequoia)
22-23 Springville - Somewhere along HW1
23-24 Somewhere along HW1 - San Fransisco
I know this schedule means that we'll have to drive past a lot of sights that we ideally should have stopped at, but it's the only way I can squeeze in everything we want to see (Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and HW1).
Also, we could also accept getting to San Fran on the 25th - that gives us one more day on the road.
One alternative is that we get a helicopter ride from LV to Grand Canyon. This will save us a day and a lot of driving. Would anyone reccomend this option? If so, can you reccomend an operator/tour that would be suitable?
The longest stages are Sonoma-Bishop and Grand Canyon-Barstow. The first one is to get within fair distance of Las Vegas they day after. The latter to get close enough to Sequoia to enjoy the drive to Springville the day after.
So, any comments to my plans? All opionions/comments will be highly appreciated!