Hi, I am planning a road trip with a friend to southwest USA this December and would love to get some feedback for the trip plan. We will be starting in SanFran, with a rental car. The trip is 12 days in total and we can both drive.
D0: San Francisco
D1: Pacific Coast Highway 1 (San Francisco -> Santa Barbara, 8hr drive). Check out Santa Barbara (beach, mission, waterfront, stern wharf, etc)
D2: Santa Barbara -> Los Angeles, 2hr drive. Check out LA (Walt Disney Concert Hall (book ticket for xmas concert), Venice Beach, etc)
D3: Los Angeles -> Grand Canyon, 9hr drive.
D4: Grand Canyon (south kalibab trial). Stay at Phantom Ranch.
D5: Grand Canyon (bright angel trail). Stay at hostel in Flagstaff. no driving this day.
D6: Grand Canyon -> Monument Valley, 2.5hr drive. Side trip to Page, AZ for Antelope canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Tour monument valley and take a break from travel (this is a rest day). Stay at Monument Valley.
D7: Monument Valley -> Bryce national park (Utah), 9hr+ drive. We will be driving past the Bicentennial Highway 95 in Utah, followed by highway 12. Stay at Bryce Canyon.
D8: Check out Bryce Canyon (Queen's Garden/Navajo/Peek-A-Boo Loop). In the evening, Bryce -> Zion national park, 2hr drive. Stay in Zion overnight.
D9: Check out Zion (angel landing hike). In the evening, Zion -> Las Vegas, 3hr drive. Check out Las Vegas and perhaps make back all the $ spend on the trip.
D10: Las Vegas -> Death Valley, 3.5hr drive. Check out death valley.
D11: Check out death valley, then drive to Los Angeles, 6hr drive.
D12: Friend leaves from LA. Return the car in SF.