I only just discovered this amazing site! Too bad I didn't find it sooner :)
I've been researching and planning a road trip with my gf in the south west for the past month now, and have a preliminary itinerary I would like your feedback on.
Firstly our background: we're in our late 20's and early 30's. We're experienced travelers (within Europe), but this will be our first serious road trip. I've been to the US quite some times but mostly east coast and sout east. This will be my gf's first trip to the US.
Our goals for this trip: see as much of the south west nature and scenery highlights, do some light hiking in some of the national parks, introduce my gf to "america", visit SF, cruise the west coast highway, and two personal goals from my gf: seaworld and disney (:D).
The flights and car are booked. We're flying to Las Vegas on the the 9th of May and returning on the 1st of June from Los Angeles.
Up till now this is the itinerary we've come up with:
9-May Fly from AMS to LAS
10-May Vegas to Peach Springs/Seligman (or somewhere else on route66)
11-May Seligman to Grand Canyon
12-May Grand Canyon
13-May Monument Valley
19-May Death valley
20-May Death valley to Lake Tahoe
21-May Lake Tahoe
24-May San Fransisco
25-May San Fransisco
26-May West coast
27-May West coast
28-May West coast
30-May LA (Disney)
31-May LA (Seaworld)
1-Jun Fly back to AMS
The things I'm not too sure about:
- Should I make the extra miles to monument valley, it's quite the detour. Not doing it could give more time for Bryce or Zion.
- Same goes for Lake Tahoe, I'm not too sure I should go that far north. We're going late in May so I might get lucky on Tioga or Sonora passes. There's also the option going through Bakersfield and Sequoia national park on the way to Yosemite
Any feedback and help is greatly appriciated! :)