We (a couple of 25 year olds from UK) are thinking about spending some time travelling along the Canadian/U.S. west coast this autumn, and we could really use some advice. This is our plan at the moment:
1. Oct 12 - flying into Vancouver
2. Oct 12-24 - staying in Vancouver, exploring the surrounding areas etc.
3. Oct 24 - train to Seattle
4. Oct 24-25 - staying in Seattle (a bit of a forced visit as we cannot get to the Seattle-San Francisco train in time otherwise)
5. Oct 25 - train to San Francisco (24 hours, we arrive San Francisco on the 26th at around 10am)
6. Oct 26-Nov 1 - staying in San Francisco, visiting Yosemite, lake Tahoe, anything else we can reach.
7. Nov 1 - flying to Las Vegas
8. Nov 1-7 - staying in Las Vegas, visiting Grand Canyon as well
10. Nov 7-10 - staying in Anaheim
11. Nov 10 - train to San Diego
12. Nov 10-12 - staying in San Diego
13. Nov 12 - flying out of San Diego
Have we screwed anything up? Is there something you definitely would/would not do? We like to do a mix of city- and nature-exploring, probably somewhere around the 40%-60% mark. We would not be renting a car, but we have allocated a reasonable (at least we think so... ~$12k) budget for this, so we have some flexibility. This is a rather special occasion, so any criticism or ideas would be much appreciated.
We have never been to the U.S. west coast and only spent a week in the U.S. in our lives, so please pardon any ignorance!
Thank you very much :)