My husband and I visiting Las Vegas with friends in late April to celebrate our birthdays. Whilst our friends are returning home after Vegas, my husband and I have decided to stay on and take a road trip around California. Any advice on our proposed itinerary would be gratefully received!
Las Vegas - 3 nights
- inc. day trip by plane to Grand Canyon south rim
Pick up rental car and drive (2 hours) to Los Angeles - 2 nights
Drive to San Francisco along the coast (6 hours) - 3 nights
Drive to Napa Valley (1 hour) - 1 night
- inc. visiting a few vineyards
Drive to Yosemite National Park (4 hours) - 2 nights
- inc. lots of hiking depending on what trails are open (open to recommendations!)
Drive to Las Vegas (2 hours) - drop rental car and fly out mid-afternoon
The driving times are from Google maps (not including lunch/scenic breaks but we're aware we need to factor these in on top) - are they roughly accurate?
My husband has never been to the US before and I've only had a couple of days in LA when I was 12 so we're keen to see as much of what California has to offer as possible, without completely stressing ourselves out! We're in our late-20s and are pretty fit and adventurous so are looking forward hiking and seeing stunning scenery, but we do also absolutely love exploring big cities.
Our flights are already booked so we're set at 13 nights flying in 23rd April and out 6th May. Does the above sound like enough time in each place? I'm a little concerned about the long drive from Yosemite to Death Valley, but from what I've read they are places not to be missed, even in April/May.
Also what's the likelihood of us having to deal with snowy conditions while driving around Yosemite at this time? We know there may still be some snow around but will the roads that are open be cleared of it? We've never driven in snow before so that would make us a little nervous!
Thanks so much!