Hi to everyone from the cold UK ! Bewildered by the size of the USA and the amount of posts on this site, so asking a few basic questions to get us started. We are taking the kids (15&10) on their and our first trip to USA late July early August. Around 14-16 days. Tickets not yet booked. Thankfully they are not into Disney but like us want to get a taste of the country in all its splendour - open space, cities, ocean, malls and burger joints. Our current plan is fly to Vegas (2 nights) drive to Grand Canyon (2 nights) then to Yosemite (3 nights) - concerned here because don't want to fly halfway across the world to be stuck in a car, any way to break the journey? Lake Tahoe (3 nights), Beach (Carmel, Monterey?) (2 nights), San Fran (2 nights) then fly home exhausted. We are active but not serious outdoor nuts, we like water and walking but are looking for time to relax as well as be awestruck. Is this a doable trip, the plan is roughly anitclockwise. Want we don't want to do is spend too long in the car at any one stretch with the kids screaming in the back saying they miss their friends ! Our preference is for real small town America feel not endless commercialism. Any help most welcome!