Hi! My family is planning a road trip for spring 2010, most likely end of Feb/beginning of March, and being a planner, I'm already doing research to make it the best trip possible! Our group includes me and my husband, both in our 30s, and our two kids who will be 4.5 and 18 months, so all activities and locations are meant to be family/kid friendly.
We're from the SF Bay Area, so we're not going to do any touring in this area but are starting just south of San Francisco. The plan currently is:
Day 1: Drive down the 5 to Anaheim, chill in the hotel pool and hit the sack early!
Day 2: Disneyland
Day 3: Disneyland
Day 4: LA - Griffith Park, La Brea Tar Pits
Day 5: Disney California Adventure
Day 6: Long Beach, depart on a 4 day cruise
Day 7: Catalina Island
Day 8: Ensenada, Mexico
Day 9: at sea
Day 10: arrive at port at 8:30 am. Breakfast and beach until traffic dies down; Mission Santa Barbara, Solvang, Ostrich Land in Buellton, stay overnight in Morro Bay or Cambria
Day 11: drive up the 1, visit Nit Wit house, Big Sur Lighthouse, 19 mile drive in Carmel, and back home
Days are rearrangeable except that 6-10 are set in that order. Suggestions are welcome for additions or changes! We can add another day to this trip.
We were considering adding San Diego for the zoo and wildlife center, but I'm not sure if it's worth all the extra driving. For one extra day, is the drive worthwhile? Or would you rearrange days or do something else?
We're doing Yosemite camping and Santa Cruz this summer and have recently visited the Monterey Aquarium/Cannery Row, so those aren't included in this visit.