I posted this in the CA forum with limited feedback so it looks like this may be the more appropriate forum.
Here is our tentative itinerary for July 2015
Day 1 - Fly to Las Vegas - drive to Grand Canyon (South Rim)
Day 2 - Grand Canyon
Day 3 - drive toward Death Valley (overnight Pahrump, DV, other?)
Day 4 - Drive to Lee Vining with stops (Schulman grove, Mono Lake, etc)
Day 5 - Yosemite - Tolumne and surrounding areas (end day in Valley lodging)
Day 6 - Yosemite valley highlights
Day 7 - Drive to Sequoia / Kings Canyon
Day 8 - SEKI
Day 9 - drive to Henry Cowell State Park - overnight in Monterey area
Day 10 - Monterey Bay Aquarium
Day 11 - drive to Pismo Beach via US1 with stops
Day 12 - drive to Long Beach - Aquarium of the Pacific - drive to Dana Point
Day 13 - whale watching - drive to San Diego
Day 14 - San Diego Safari Park
Day 15 - San Diego Zoo
Day 16 - fly home
I realize it is a little more on the go than many people prefer, but it allows us to see all of the things that interest us most.
So, any thoughts, comments, or suggestions?