Me and my friend are planning a road trip next year. So far we have booked our flights (Manchester, UK to Las Vegas on 18 June and Las Vegas back to Manchester on 4 July). We have already booked our hotel in Vegas (four nights at the Luxor) and during this time, we plan to do a day trip to the Grand Canyon and a night tour of Vegas. Then we will hire a car and drive to Death Valley on Sunday 22 June (we have overnight accommodation booked at Stovepipe Wells). On Monday 23 June, we will make our way towards Yosemite and will need accommodation for two nights around that area. Would we be staying in one hotel for two nights or changing hotels (knowing that from there, we intend to drive up to San Francisco)?
On Wednesday 25 June, we will drive to San Francisco and drop off our hire car. Knowing that we want to do a city tour and visit Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf and ride on a tram, where would we be best to stay (bearing in mind that we would want a decent budget hotel safe for two women)? We intend to have four nights in San Francisco.
We will then take the Amtrak Coast Starlight train to Los Angeles and spend four nights there. While in LA, we want to do a city tour and the Universal Studios tour so where would be best to stay (again a safe budget hotel in a decent area is needed)?
On Thursday 3 July, we will take a Greyhound bus back to Vegas - thinking that we will stay overnight in a hotel close to the airport so that we can just chill before our flight back to the UK the next day.
I realise that the middle of our trip (from Vegas to Death Valley to Yosemite to San Francisco) is only short in duration and is the only time we will have a hire car. Is there anything we shouldn't miss during that time?
I really would appreciate any comments or tips on what we have planned .... it really is going to be the trip of a lifetime for us and we so want to make the best of it.
Thanks in advance.