My family and I (2 boys aged 14 and 11) are planning a summer holiday (end July/august) starting from Vegas travelling California, back to Vegas to fly home. Have planned on staying 1 night in Vegas, then 1 night in Death Valley (Furness Creek seems an easy place to stop??) Then off to Lee Vining / Tioga Pass, then to Lake Tahoe. Now here comes the complicated bit as don't know whether to go on to Lassen volcanic NP - is it really worth the trek up there?? If it is I've planned on stopping in Redding afterwards and going along highway 299 before joining highway 101 south. Looking at travelling down to San Fran via coastal route 1, and staying in Pacifica 2 nights rather than venturing downtown in the car. Is the public transport good from Pacifica?? I would then like to journey on along route 1 down to Cambria and then make our way back to Vegas from there. We only want to spend 2 further nights in Vegas before going home. Thanks for reading this so far; if you have the time, I have lots of further questions!!
Is 3 weeks long enough? I only plan to spend 1 or 2 nights at each stop off point.
Is Lassen Park worth the visit or should we go on an alternative route?
Is there a 'good' Redwood park worth stopping at, or are there plenty of Redwoods to see en-route?
Any cheap attractions other than the obvious that I may have missed? We dont like arts, wine places or anything too 'posh'!!
We like the scenic routes, the scarier the better!!
What route should I take from Cambria to Vegas. Thought about stopping at Bakersfield and then at Barstow, or should we do the whole thing in one hit?
Does anyone know of good value but nice hotel accommodation (we're on a tight budget), and any good value food places to stop at en-route??
Oh, last but not least, my boys love good traditional souvenir shops - does anyone know of any good ones to stop at (sad I know, but it does break up the journey for them - and me!!)
I would welcome any good advise (if you haven't fallen asleep reading this extra long post) we are not experienced travellers as you can probably guess. Thanks again for getting this far, and would love to hear from you.