My wife and I are making our first ever trip (and possibly the last as I am 60yrs old) to the USA, so we are trying to see as much as we can whilst in Califonia for 11 days this Spring, mid March onwards. We will be flying in to San Fran after spending a few days in New York. We plan on hiring a car in San Fran and droping it off in LA. I have put togerther the following itenerary and would like your views on it..
San Fran 2 nights
San Fran to Monteray/Carmel 2Hrs/200k 1 night
Carmel to Cambria 2 Hrs 15min/160k 1 night
Cambria to Santa Barbara 2 Hrs 15min/200k 1 night
Santa Barbara to Las Vegas 5Hrs 19min/570k 2 nights
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon 4Hrs 20min/447k 1 night
Grand Canyon to Phoenix 3 Hrs 40min/370k 1 night
Phoenix to San Deigo 5Hrs 20min/570k 1 night
San Deigo to LA 2Hrs/196k 1 night
1. Is this the best use of time in Califonia?.....I would have liked to visit Yosemite, death valley, Bruce Canyon but can't fit it all in.
2. We would prefer to have 2 nights in LA but cant fit it in either....can we skip one of the less interesting stops? if so which?
3. Will there be any problem with the car hire since I will be driving in multiple states?
Any advise will be much appreciated!