Hi, as a special big family holiday before the girls fly the nest, we're looking at doing a California road trip with them next year. we have to go the last 2 weeks in August (work dictates) but will need to start booking this september for the best flight deals. The girls will be 15 and 17 (closer to 18) at the time.
Can anyone please offer any advice on planning our route. our airport options are San Fran and LA (we can go into one and out of the other if necessary) or in and out of Las Vegas.
Our eldest is fairly quiet but a bit of a hippy chick. she is very artistic and following an art career, so we need to check out that scene. she is also desperate to have a surf lesson sometime on the trip.
Our youngest is a wannabe superstar nutcase. loves singing, acting, rollercoasters and thrill rides. she also loves the idea of staying overnight on the haunted Queen Mary in Long Beach (no-one will share with her though as she spooks you out!).
so far we have thought about flying into San Francisco and having 2/3 days there before picking up a car (apparently parking isn't good there). We would then head down the pacific coast highway, then veer off to Vegas for 1 night, then back down to San Diego and the LA area to fly out of LA.
Another option is to do a loop from San Franscisco, taking in Yosemite out of SF, possibly 1 night in vegas, then down to SD and LA and back up the Pacific Coast highway. is this all feasible? we do want to see a lot, but don't want to always be in a car and would like a few pool/chill-out days along the way.
i'm also not sure about vegas with the girls, but my fella thinks it is a place they should at least see. any thoughts?
finally, we know we are going to have to get 4 in a room at many places, but can anyone advise of any private apartment/condo rental webites in SF and also between SD and LA that might hire for 3-5 days so we can have a bit more space and privacy as well as a base for a few days.
so sorry for all of the questions but after great results on this site before, we really have faith in you guys.
Thanks in advance
Debs & Ian