Here is a translation of a very long and detailed post from the French language TA forum:
Hello one and all ,
My girlfriend and I plan to make a trip to the West, and we would like to have your opinion, so as not to make mistakes and omit the important places, and to make the best use of our time. .
- Travel time : 3 weeks
- Accomodation : hotels and motels
- Transport: car rental intermediate type
- Type of road trip : loop
- Excursions : not too many, rather enjoy views
- Period: June or September
Day 1 (Saturday) :
Flight to SFO , arriving early afternoon . Afternoon and evening to explore the city.
Day 2 (Sunday) : San Francisco
Day 3 (Monday) : San Francisco
Day 5 (Wednesday ) : Morning departure for Los Angeles.
Day 6 (Thursday ) : Visit Los Angeles.
Day 7 (Friday) : Visit Los Angeles.
Day 8 (Saturday) : Morning departure for San Diego. Visit San Diego. Night in San Diego.
Day 9 (Sunday) : Leave for Grand Canyon in the early morning ( the hardest day physically I think). Late afternoon , sunset and overnight .
Day 10 (Monday) : Sunrise at the Grand Canyon. Starting around noon to Monument Valley. Afternoon sunset in Monument Valley. Night Mexican Hat.
Day 11: Departure for Gooseneck , Valley of the Gods . Overnight in Page .
Day 12: Antelope Canyon in the morning , departure for Bryce Canyon. Night at Bryce Canyon.
Day 13: Day at Bryce Canyon.
Day 14: Departure for Zion . Night in Zion .
Day 15: Las Vegas, via Valley of fire . Late afternoon and night in Vegas.
Day 16: Day and night in Vegas.
Day 17: Departure for Death Valley. Day and overnight.
Day 18: Departure for Lee Vining . Afternoon and overnight .
Day 19: Departure for Yosemite . Day in the park . Overnight.
Day 20: Starting at noon to San Francisco. Late afternoon at SFO, return car. Overnight.
Day 21: San Francisco. Overnight.
Day 22: Day in San Francisco. Late afternoon departure for the airport . Back to France .
So here I would like to have your opinion, your comments, especially if you find that I'm spending too much time somewhere ( eg San Francisco) , or that I missed or botched a place ( Yosemite or Grand Canyon for example). So your advice, for hotels or motels, best routes and roads.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Ps: I plan to buy tickets in February . Your advise for hotels / motels: should we wait / do it when we get there / or get going with reservations? Knowing that I want it to be organized , but with a touch of spontaneity too!
Thank you in advance .