My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful road trip in June/July this year with lots of help and itinerary ideas from trip advisors. A great big thank you for all your sharing.
We added on Colorado National Monument; Arches and Canyonlands National Parks to our itinerary, and were just bowled over by all those red cliffs.
We would love to return on 01 October 2019 and visit again. Most likely a 4 to 5 week trip.
We love mountains; scenery and driving on scenic byways. Don’t bother with dining out. Can manage small; easy hikes only.
We have only just decided, and this is the very early draft stage.
These are the places we’d like to visit, ( not necessarily in this order):
Yosemite National Park (drive the Tioga Pass before Winter closure and 395 also ) -3 nights
Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon NP - 3 nights
Death Valley NP - 2 nights
Grand Canyon South Rim - 2 nights
Monument Valley - 1 night
Grand Canyon North Rim ( aware that the lodge closes 15 October) - 2 nights
Zion National Park - 2 nights
Bryce NP - 2 nights
Capital Reef NP - 1 night
I see there are some breath taking National Monuments as well in Utah, and would love to fit some of these in.
We are thinking of hiring a car in San Francisco. ( a cursory search on some websites indicate same pricing for drop off in San Francisco and LA, so a one way route might be an option) OR we could start in LA and end in San Francisco. Or any other options as suggested by yourselves.
Is the itinerary doable in the time frame?
I would need to add on a night at the start of the trip in LA or SF, for a night to rest.
And perhaps 2 or 3 nights at point of departure. Whilst we are not city people, we do like to shop at outlets just prior to departure. So would welcome suggestions in this regard.
As we do not prefer to drive long distances ( not more than 350 km as husband has back problems) per day, we would need to add on some nights for stops. We have done greater distances and can do so if it needs to be done. However an average of 350km means we can admire the scenery; enjoy the route ; stop en route where there are items of interest; have a picnic etc.
I am seeking advice on start and end points, conscious of the onset of winter vis a vis road and lodging closures ( in Yosemite Valley and Grand Canyon North Rim); and aware that rental firms do not permit snow chains.
I still have loads of research to do, so please bear with my ignorance. I just need to know if I am on the right track in terms of time frame and distances.
Thanking you ever so much for all your time; patience and generosity.