At first i'd like to introduce myself. I am 31, first name Geoffrey and live in France very close to German border. I had the chance to spend some days in Iowa (i know not the best place :P) for work in 2005. I spent much time on the road, and had kind of roadtrip feeling ;). Now i am planning a roadtrip with my girlfriend and some friends in april.
We are in the phase of estimating the costs and if we can afford it thus we are looking for advices for best plans to have a not that expensive, yet great roadtrip. We have chosen to travel in april because of lower flight rates and hotel rates. And we think that weather might be ok at that time of the year.
We plan to take a flight from Frankfurt (Germany) to Los Angeles, since everything else are not direct flights and this would take ages (~18 hours) to travel.
After a short stay in LA to see the Hollywood sign and drive accross beverly hills we would head up to death valley through Palm Springs and end up in vegas.
Then we would like to go to hoverdam and grand canyon, in which order is to be determined. We'd love to make some hiking in Grand Canyon, so a stay from at least one full day there is mandatory.
After then we would like to head up to monument Valley, how long should we stay there ?
Now here comes the complex part : how to get back to San Francisco and what to see on the way ? I think going back to Vegas would be the best choice... And maybe we could visit death valley while driving to SF...
We plan about 17 days for this trip.
Talking about the car : we plan to rent a Ford Escape or similar. I have no clue how big is such car, would this be sufficient for 4 people and the luggage ?
I would appreciate any advice or any feedback on this !
PS : Please Excuse my bad english ;)