Firstly, I have just stumbled on this gem of a site and have promptly added it to my favourites.
Being a veteran 'roadtripper', I wish I had access to this valuable resource 30 years ago. Although taking away some of the excitement of discovery, having access to this wealth of information may have led to more rooms with a king bed rather than 2 singles!
So, navigation and driver angst aside, my wife and 10 yr old daughter have proposed the following itinerary. We will be flying into LA from the west coast of Australia with a short hiatus in Auckland to break up the trip.
11-Dec LA: Pick up Chrysler 300, drive to Pismo Beach
13-Dec: Drive to San Francisco
17-Dec: Drive to Yosemite
20-Dec: Drive to Lake Tahoe
22-Dec: Drive to Mammoth Lakes
26-Dec: Drive to Sequoia Forest
28-Dec: Drive to Death Valley
30-Dec: Drive to Las Vegas
06-Jan: Drive to Twenty Nine Palms
07-Jan: Drive to San Diego
10-Jan: Drive to Anaheim
16-Jan: Begrudgingly fly home
So, being the kinda guy that will 'kick himself until he can no longer walk' if I miss anything interesting along the way, I could really do with some help choosing routes. We love the outdoors: scenery, nature, leisurely hikes and good simple American diner food. Our daughter has just graduated to DSLR photography from the compact digital she has been using since she was 3 and is currently revelling in panoramic shots. This itinerary looks like it will take in some fantastic photo ops.
Just a little background: We have previously roadtripped LA-FLA and took in Vegas and the Grand Canyon along the way.
Look forward to your responses, if you need any further info please ask.