Hello, and thanks fore a great website!
Me and my husband will do a road trip in California and Arizona in the middle of October this fall. We are primarily interested in nature and visit some of the national parks (especially Yosemite and Grand Canyon). We have not planned many trips like this before so we are very grateful for any advise.
Out preliminary plan is:
Day 1: Arrive in San Francisco
Day 2: San Francisco.
Day 3: To Yosemite, we are thinking of staying in Mariposa (found a nice motel for a good price there) Will it be to far from the park entrance? Would you suggest to stay closer to the park although it is more expensive (many places are already full also...).
Day 3-5: Yosemite.
Day 6: To Kings Canyon/Sequoia, stay in Three Rivers.
Day 7: Sequoia
Day 8: Drive to Lone Pine (to be able to continue through Death Valley the nest day). To long drive? What road would you suggest taking? Passing Lake Isabella seems nice, but will that way take very much longer? Is there a better place to stay on the way? We though about staying in Panamint Springs (= 1h less to drive the next day) but the reviews from tripadvisor is both bad and good.
Day 9: Drive through Death Valley to Las Vegas. Is that to long to drive in one day? Will we be able to stop at some places in death valley and take a few shorter walks (nice!) or will we have to just drive through it (less nice...)?
Day 10: Drive from LV to Grand Canyon South Rim. So this is 3 days with quite a lot of driving (to have more time to explore the other NP's without stress), is it too much?
Day 11-12: Grand Canyon
Day 13: Drive to Pheonix
Day 14: Fly home in the morning.
Is this possible do you think? Too much in to little time?
Thanks for any advise!