I've just joined the forum and have been reading the archives about road trips in California and picked up some really useful advice. I couldn't however find any trip with my routing so I'm wondering whether my plan maybe isn't that great or if it can be done better.
I'll be travelling in CA for 12 days with my sister, parents and three kids. We're planning to hire a Toyota Sienna or a 7 seater Dodge or Ford. Anyone know how comfortable this will be - the kids are 8, 10 and 12. Given this, how much one can realistically expect to travel in day?
We plan to fly in to San Francisco, arriving in the evening of May 30 and stay in SF till June 2.
My plan is to pick up the rental car on June 3 head for the Big Sur along Hwy 1. I was initially thinking Carmel but on reading more about it I felt we didn't necessarily have to stay there. So question 1 is, would it be much more interesting to drive down Big Sur and are there any hotel/motel recommendations on this route in the USD 100 range?
I then figured the kids might be interested in the Columbia State Park with the old gold rush town, so was planning to drive there from Big Sur on June 4 - but this means backtracking to roughly Monterey, or is there another route I'm missing?
Is it possible to drive on the same day and reach Sequoia Park? What are the best options to stay in the park?
We want to reach Vegas on June 5 and carry on to Grand Canyon the next day and then on to LA or at least somewhere near (the threads on this topic were very useful) the day after, i.e. June 7. We then stay in LA and fly back on June 11.
Does this sound doable and/or can this be improved?