I am currently planning a road trip to California in June 2012 with my husband to be for our honeymoon (we are both 30 from England). This site seems to be by far the best for getting advice on these things so I thought i'd ask for your help...
We have around about 18 days to spare and want to see the main 'must do' sites, but I'm struggling to work out what is feasible (i don't want to have to go on another holiday to get over this one!) This is definitely a trip of a lifetime for us so i'm being greedy and trying to cram lots in!
At the moment, we have on our wish list - Vegas (maybe 3Nights), Yosemite (3N), Napa (1 or 2N), San Fran (4N) and the pacific highway coast (maybe 2N). Originally we weren't planning on doing the Pacific Coast, but having done some reading, I really think we need to experience Highway 1. Can anybody suggest a logical route that would minimise the driving? We are happy to fly in and out of different airports. Ideally we weren't planning on going to LA, so were thinking of perhaps San Fran and Vegas airports.
The other main questions I have are:
Is it worth going to Napa? (I know the film Sideways was filmed closer to Santa Barbara- is that just as good?)
Should we stay a night at the grand canyon, or in our limited time is a day trip from Vegas Ok?
Is it worth expanding this trip slightly to fill the full 18 days or limiting it to 13-14 nights and adding on a trip to Maui, Hawaii (4-5 nights) for a bit of quality beach time? If we don't go to Maui, can anyone suggest any great beach resorts on the Pacific Coast?
Have I bitten off more than I can chew?! We don't want to be driving all the time so I want to find that balence between packing lots in and actually having the chance to enjoy it...
Sorry for the long post- all help would be very gratefully accepted. And of course I am happy to share my experiences with the site once we are back,