I'm heading over to your wonderful country in OCT for 3 weeks and was planning on renting a car in LA and doing the following:
LA to Las Vegas(2 nights in Vegas with 1 day trip to Grand Canyon South Rim)
LV thru Death Valley (stay o/night at Lone Pine?)
1 day in Sequoia NP(o/night in Fresno, unless I could keep driving onto San Francisco same day)
3 nights San Francisco
then down the coast(PCH?) for 1 night Monterey or Carmel(any opinions on which )
1 night San Simeon after Big Sur Drive
1 day to see Hearst Castle then onto Santa Barbara.
Then 2 nights in Palm Springs( can I drive around outer LA - rather than thru to make it from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs?)
Then ending with 3 nights back in LA.
Any suggestions/comments/tips on the above would be greatly appreciated( e.g am I crazy to attempt this itinerary in 18 days?)
Please note - I'm from Australia so am not averse to driving long distances(5-8 hrs per day no problem) or at night if there's nothing much to see.
Thanks for your help.