I am planning to head to Las Vegas with friends, and have some time to explore a bit of California beginning of October.
I can either arrive in SF on a Tuesday, or in LA on a Wednesday - and would leave LA on a Sunday 19 days later. The only constraint I have is that I have to be in Vegas for 10 days (Tuesday - Thursday the following week) - which gives me some time before and after.
I have done some initial research, can came up with two options, and just wonder about preferences and suggestions.
Option 1: Flying to LA
The first option would be flying to LA, arriving on 1st October. The plan would be hiring a car, and doing a road trip to SF, leaving LA on the 2nd. I would plan three days for the scenic route, which means I arrive in SF on a Saturday evening. That would give me 2 1/2 days to explore SF, before flying to LV. From LV I would then fly to LA on a Thursday, giving me around 2 1/2 days to explore LA
Option 2: Flying to SF
Second option is to fly to SF from the UK, arriving on the 30st September, explore SF an then hire a car for 4 days to LV, with a 2 nights at Yosemite Park. I would then fly from LV to LA after my stay there to have 2 1/2 days in LA for sightseeing.
So a couple of questions I have are:
Is 2 1/2 days for SF and LA each sufficient to see the main attractions?
Are either of the two drives I am considering better / easier for the time I visit?
I read so many positive things about both routes - and I think I would enjoy both (great scenery for pictures, and to enjoy the drive (might consider getting a car you won't get easily here in Europe..)). Any advise / thoughts about general preferred routes?
I know it is always difficult to provide advise for such questions, but it is a difficult choice, and any tips would be much appreciate - so I can book my flights.