My wife and I have two boys (6 and 2) and we want to take a road trip from Fort Worth, Texas to Yosemite and back (about 1600 miles one way). We want to drive to Dumas, TX (near Amarillo) to pick up friends (two adults and three kids, 4, 7, 12). We want to drive to San Diego then go north along the Pacific Coast Highway up to Sacramento. We want to stop to see some sights along the way and enjoy the ocean view as we drive. We'd like to stop in San Diego, LA, and San Francisco. After we leave Sacramento we intend to go to Yosemite for about three or four days then drive back home along the same route. We might consider taking a different route home to see some new sights along the way.
Does anyone have any tips on this trip? We intend to drive one of the following:
(1) 4-door Dodge truck (with the extended Magnum cab) and a travel trailer (probably the non-po-up type)
(2) large 15-passenger van (rented)
The purpose of the trip is to have fun, visit family in Sacramento, see things wehave never seen before, and develop some great memories.
Anybody have any tips on places to stay and things to see along the way?
We want to do this in spring or late summer. Our biggest decision right now is do we drive non-stop straight through to Yosemite and do the slow drive back OR do we do the slow drive up there to Yosemite and the non-stop drive back? I prefer to take our time on the way up (4 days up, 3 days in Yosemite, 4 days back) and on the way back as I feel that the non-stop drive is dangerous (sleepy driver problems) as well as making you miss interesting things.