This is my first time on this great site and on chat forums in general so please excuse my novice ways!
Myself, hubby and 2 teenage kids are coming to Las Vegas at the end of July this year. We are flying out of LA the 3rd week of August, so 3 weeks of excitement on the West side!
We've already secured 5 nights in LV followed by 1 night in Williams (after visiting the South Rim on the 6th day). I figured an early start from LV (as I've read on here that it takes 5 hours) will give us the required amount of time to do it justice without getting real down and dirty, donning hiking boots and crampons etc! I reckon staying until evening then motoring back to Williams in time for quick bite & shuteye. Next morning as we're approx one hour away in Williams and don't really want to do the journey back to the South Rim again, we thought about driving to the West Rim to do the glass skywalk before travelling some way back towards LV again and stopping in Boulder City overnight. I thought we could perhaps take in The Hoover Dam the same day but now I think this may be just too much to do in one day, what do you think? Next day we plan on travelling to Bishop via Death Valley (just stopping for a while in Furnace Creek to take it all in as I've checked accommodation already in the park and there's nothing available) but if we didn't manage to do the dam the previous day then do you think we could do the dam before we set out for Bishop taking into account our pit stop in Death Valley?
We plan to stay in Bishop overnight and do some sight-seeing around this area the following morning/afternoon before we will leave heading northbound making our way leisurely to the 120, perhaps taking-in the June Loop. We're thinking we'd like to stop again on the 395 further up around Lee Vining, maybe, so that we can visit Bodie the following morning (kids especially want to see this). My hubby really doesn't want to commit to booking anywhere in advance for this night so we can be flexible with time and mileage but I'm afraid that as it's peak summer we may find ourselves without a place to stay - what do you think?
After our 2 nights along the 395 we plan to travel leisurely in Yosemite, along the 120 and do an overnight stop in the valley before travelling on to San Francisco for 6 nights (the highlight of the whole trip for me, personally!). From there, we'll be wanting to travel down the scenic Pacific coast highway stopping 2 nights en-route to LA (suggestions for journey stops, must see's etc, very much appreciated).
I hope we're not too far off as far as feasibility goes and we would really appreciate your expert input.
Many thanks in advance......
The Adams family