Hello fellow road trippers.
My FiancÚ and I have planned our honeymoon and decided that we want to do a road trip in the American West. The plan is to fly to vegas, rent a car, end up in LA and then fly home. I have been to the states before but never to the West and never road tripping. Please see below the proposed route we plan to take and time frames. If any of you could pass on some valuable knowledge that would be great. Any good hotels to stay in, places on the route not to be missed. The plan was to do it in a Mustang (Cliche, right) but i have read on a few sites that they are not very spacious in terms of luggage. We would have two large suitcases and a couple of small bags with us. Do you guys have any tips on what the best vehicle would be for our trip?
Fly from Manchester to Las Vegas and stay in Vegas for 3 nights.
Drive from Vegas on the 95 through Indian Springs to Death Valley Junction, through Death Valley to Lone Pine on the 190 and 136 and have one night in Lone Pine.
Drive from Lone Pine on the 395 up to Yosemite National Park and have 2 nights there.
Leave Yosemite on the 120 to Chinese Camp and then take the road E15 until we hit Copperopolis and join the number 4 which will take us through Farmington to Stockton (misses wants to go through Farmington). Then carry on the 4 and follow Sat Nav into San Francisco and have 4 nights there.
From San Francisco we will leave and drive down the Pacific Highway on 1, until we get to Santa Barbara and have 2 nights there.
Leave Santa Barbara and drive on the 101 and arrive in LA, 5 nights there and fly home on the 22nd.
Is the above realistic for us? We are looking to go from 5th August to 22nd, i appreciate its some 11 months away but i believe hotels in Yosemite get booked up pretty quick. Any recommendations for us for places to stay? Not necessarily looking for the cheapest but the hotels will need to have parking facilities.
Any information from those in the know would be greatly appreciated and will help us plan this trip of a lifetime.
Thanks in advance.
Elliott and Caz.