We are starting in Salt Lake city in mid-May 2016 and want to visit Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon. We have a place to stay in St. George Utah, and from St. George will go to Lake Mead/Hoover Dam area. From there we had hoped to drive through Death Valley on our way up to Kings Canyon National Park in CA to see the sequoia. From maps it looks as if we have to drive around Death Valley - I do not see a straight way through it -- is that correct or am I missing something.
From there, we had hoped to visit family in Crestline CA (near San Bernadino) and then to Santa Barbara and up the coast to San Francisco. We have about 18 days to do this, so I am not so worried about time, but I am worried that we will have to do a lot of back tracking - especially if we have to drive around Death Valley