Hello again swill-ga,
I have been working on your question while awaiting your
clarification. The possibilities are overwhelming. I am presenting you
with a framework for planning your trip along with lots of links for
the destinations you?ve listed. This framework will give you a
starting point for prioritizing your wish list for the trip. I am
including some suggestions for options to consider taking into account
your interests and preferences. Please don?t hesitate to ask for
clarification to help you with gathering more targeted specific
I assume that you will be renting a car and driving yourself for the
entire itinerary. You can substitute drive/fly day or side tour
packages if these fit your interests and budget. I suggest that you
firm up your plans quickly because some of your destinations will
require making reservations as soon as possible.
I suggest that you break your trip into three segments:
Los Angeles/Orange County (4 days)
Beaches, amusement parks, museums, galleries, architecture, history,
shopping, dining, clubs, chasing celebrities, freeways and city
diversions. The range of activities is huge and I will be happy to
suggest specific destinations if you need help narrowing down your
options. Getting around LA requires a car. Other options are simply
not convenient. The distance from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is about
Las Vegas/Utah/Grand Canyon (8 days)
Visiting the Grand Canyon is a popular option for Las Vegas visitors.
You can do it as a very strenuous day trip ? it?s about 300 miles to
the South Rim. You could hire a plane or helicopter tour if you don?t
want to drive. If you love spectacular scenery I suggest that you do a
bigger loop and take in some of the spectacular national parks that
are also logical destinations from Las Vegas. One example of such a
loop: Las Vegas, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon,
Sedona, Las Vegas. There are variations on this trip to include
Capital Reef and Monument Valley instead of Sedona. You could also
make it somewhat shorter by choosing fewer parks.
These parks are very popular in the summer and accommodations are
limited so you will have to decide fairly quickly about which ones you
want to visit. You might also want to spend more time in Las Vegas and
make day trips to these destinations instead. Be sure to keep in mind
that this is desert country and the days are very hot in August.
Yosemite/San Francisco Bay Area (5 days)
The drive from Las Vegas to San Francisco via Yosemite is spectacular.
I suggest that you drive North on the East side of the Sierras. The
scenery is magnificent. It?s about 360 miles from Las Vegas to
Yosemite Valley by way of Tioga Pass. Yosemite Valley is extremely
popular in the summer so you should make your lodging reservations as
soon as possible. Yosemite to San Francisco is about 200 miles. You
could choose to take the long way to get there and travel North
through the Gold Country and visit Lake Tahoe before heading to San
Francisco. Alternately, San Francisco offers many attractions or you
might want to allow some time to visit the wine country and other easy
side trips in the Bay Area.
Whether this suggested schedule makes sense for you or not depends a
lot on whether you?re more interested in visiting spectacular and
somewhat remote scenic wonders or spending time in more urban settings
and activities. I?ve included a started kit of links for each segment
of your trip. As I said before, you have a huge variety of options. I
will be very happy to help you further if you need any assistance in
sorting out these offerings.
I know you will have a wonderful time on your trip.
Welcome to California!
~ czh ~
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