Hi guys, Just found your site and have been reading as much as I can while I should be doing the housework - uh oh!!
My family (husband, 15 year old son, 12 year old son and 11 year old daughter) will be arriving in San Francisco in early January (we have booked our flights so I guess we are on our way, yeh) for three weeks holiday. We are about to sign off on the travel agent's itinery but I have been trying to research a few options particularly driving through the dessert (OMG) (Grizwald style probably) from Las Vegas to San Diego!
So far, our itiniery including tentatively booked hotels is as follows:
San Francisco for three nights,
Fly to Las Vegas (didn't drive cause I kinda hate driving at the best of times and research suggests that I'd be driving over mountains in winter and the roads are closed and ewww decided to give Yosemite a miss)
Stay four nights in Vegas and somehow get to the Grand Canyon on one of those days
Five nights in San Diego with a tour into Mexico
Two nights at Santa Monica
and hopefully saving the best for last Anaheim for six nights.
Getting to the point - friends have said that one of the best experiences they had was driving through the dessert from San Diego to Las Vegas. We were contemplating this and then the agent came up with the Lux Bus option from LV to San Diego. We had pretty much decided on this cause we thought that at least we get to experience the dirt and cacti but not have to worry about wrong side of road, getting lost, kids twitching and probably divorce court. BUT then we find out that Lux bus doesn't leave until 3.30 from Las Vegas and arrives at 9.30 at night in San Diego essentially in our opinion losing a day. Don't know why we didn't ask before but we just think that after four nights the last thing we want to do is hang around till 3.30 waiting to get a ride to San Diego. So then we though bugger it, don't want to waste another day in LV so we'll do the car thing after all - leaving early morning, see the sights on the way, (are there any? what is all the fuss about?) BUT AGAIN ALAS I Also found a site today of a family telling how they thought they would do the same drive in a day but they left on a Sunday and told their PAINFUL story of 50 mile long traffic queues, heaps of traffic, 12 hour trip, having to stay overnight in the dessert etc. cause EVERYBODY leaves Las Vegas Sunday!!
SO, I would really appreciate some advice on the above. I guess, the question is whether the "dessert" has lots of stops along the way that would be a worthwhile experience and as it is a Sunday we are leaving are we asking for trouble with all the traffic?
Cheers and best wishes from Sydney