I'm in the process of planning a road trip for my husband and I in June of this year (6th - 14th). We are going to fly into Las Vegas on Friday (renting a car), drive to the Grand Canyon on Saturday, and then proceed to LA Saturday into Sunday. At that point, we'll have until Saturday the 14th to get to Oakland for our flight back home. We don't have any kind of firm plans, so I'm looking to get any kind of advice, tips, recommendations, etc to make this a fun and memorable trip!
My rough plan is to stay in LA a couple days - definitely want to see the Hollywood sign, Hollywood walk of fame, the Rainbow bar, Sunset blvd, Rodeo Drive, etc. What other things should we be sure to see while in LA?? I feel like there are so many more things that we should see and do while we're there, but I just don't know about them!!
From LA, I'd like to drive up and hit Sequoia NP and also Yosemite NP. Any thoughts on particular routes to take or entrances to get into the park?
The last few days will be on our way to Oakland. I'd like to go to San Francisco and see the Golden Gate Bridge. Any suggestions on other things to see and do in San Francisco or in route from Yosemite??
As far as lodging, we are going to be on a tight budget (whose vacation isn't!), so I'm trying to find some descent hotels that are easy on the wallet. We're definitely open to camping somewhere - I would really appreciate advice and info in this department! Are there any state or national parks, or just independent campgrounds that are better/less expensive than others? Or would hotels be better altogether?
I realize I've packed a ton of info in this post, but I'm desperate for any information. I don't know too much about California, and I want to see everything that we can see in the week that we have there. If we should try to include other areas/things in our trip, please suggest them!
Thanks in advance!!