Me and the missus are looking at doing a leasurly road trip (by car) from San Francisco to Las Vegas, probably in mid to late August 2011 for 14 days.
The main points we would like to see are:
I've had a read of a lot of posts on here and I think we've managed to put together a sensible schedule but would like someone to sence check it to make sure we are on the right track.
Also at the stop over points we could do with some recomendation for accomodation as some of the places we've found are quite expensive but give us a good location for exploring.
Day 1 - Arrive in SF (no idea of hotel yet)
Day 2 - stay in SF
Day 3 - Stay in SF
Day 4 - Drive down HW1 and stop in a Motel 6 near Pismo Beach (250 miles)
Day 5 - Drive to Sequoia via HW101, HW41, HW198 through Visalia stop in Wuksachi Lodge (220 Miles)
Day 6 - Drive to Yosemite via HW180, HW41 and stop in Yosemite Lodge a the Falls (200 Miles)
Day 7 - Day at Yosemite, overnight at the Yosemite Lodge a the Falls again
Day 8 - Drive to Death Valley via HW120, I385, HW190, stop in Ranch at Furnace Creek (300 miles)
Day 9 - Day at Death Valley, stop in Ranch at Furnace Creek again
Day 10 - Drive to south Rim of Grand Canyon via HW190, HW160, HW93, I40, HW64 stop at El Tovar Hotel (385 miles)
Day 11 - Day at Canyon stop at El Tovar Hotel again
Day 12 - Drive to Las Vegas stop in Mirage (280 miles)
Day 13 - Stop in Vegas in Mirage
Day 14 - Fly home from Vegas
Alternative routes that can take in some good sights/scenery are welcome too.
Personally I'm not too happy about the long drive from Death Valley to the Canyon but I can't see an alternative.
The 14 days could be extended by a couple of days if needed.