Hi there, I am not really sure where to post this as it is a humble request for info/advice on a few areas. I will break down and post individual legs in each specific forum. I also appreciate that many of these points have already been addressed in other threads, but my head is so awash with info I wanted somewhere to help consolidate my points.
I have been reading these forums with earnest recently as we are planning a 2 week trip to the states at the end of Sept (we fly in on the 29th to be precise). We have booked flights (leaving Manchester on 29th Sept and leaving Vegas on the 13th Oct. We will be getting married in Vegas during the first week of our stay and are then planning to travel across to San Francisco during the second week, taking in death valley, Yosemite and part of the pacific coast along the way. Due to work commitments 2 weeks at this time of year is all we can fit into our schedules.
As it is our first time in Vegas and we have friends who are flying over to share our wedding and a week in Vegas with us, we plan to spend the first 6 nights (29 Sept – 04 Oct) in Vegas and then pick up a hire car and head out on the 5th Oct. We will visit the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam etc from our base in Vegas. From there our idea is to travel to Death Valley and spend a night there (5 Oct in stovepipe) taking in as much as we can before heading onto Yosemite. Am I correct in thinking the Tioga Pass may well be closed in early October? If so we plan to drive south to Yosemite probably spending a night (6 Oct) half way at Lake Isabella. We then plan to spend 2 nights (7,8 Oct) at Yosemite (either in the park or using somewhere like Oakhurst as a base.
From there we plan to head over to either Carmel/Monterey for a night (9 Oct) taking in the 17 mile drive before moving onto San Francisco for 2 nights (10,11 Oct). We will then drop off the hire car and fly back to Vegas for a final night (12 Oct) before flying back to the UK on the 13th Oct.
My main questions are:
- Does this seem like a good use of our limited time (6 days are the minimum we want to spend in Vegas with our friends)?
- Is it worth spending a night in Carmel or Monterey or would we be better just passing through and tagging an extra night onto San Francisco?
- Are we right to assume the Tioga pass will be closed when we travel?
- Is breaking the journey from Death Valley to Yosemite up with a halfway stay a waste of a night on our limited schedule?
We ideally want to get everything organised with hotel reservations asap.
we will hold off booking Vegas hotels until much nearer the time in the hope of getting a better deal.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I welcome any input you experts may have!