I realise this is one of the most popular routes but I couldnt see anything about it in recent posts, and going further back, I couldn't see much at all about a trip for kids!
We will be going to LA at the end of July to pick up a camper for three weeks, dropping it off in Phoenix.
There are some long runs in the route I planned, way too long for two young kids (who, at this moment, still believe a camper holiday means staying in bed watching DVDs while zooming down the Interstate!), so it would be nice to get some tips about good stops on the way, good routes, etc. anything with Tubing, family canoeing, natural swimming stops, activity stuff, nice walks, bicycling, anything like that.
I need to split the long runs (>8 hours) into two runs.
In particular I'm looking for good overnighters, and/or lunch stops, and/or overday for the following legs of the journey:
San Diego -> Big Sur: (8 hours driving?)
I need a good place to stop on Big Sur for the night (or maybe two) - I heard about a camping site with some tubing fun on offer? I maybe need a camping stop on the way as well, with anything like the above list.
Yosemite -> Las Vegas (8 hours)
Good camping needed with anything from the above list
Las Vegas -> Grand Canyon (Helluva distance!)
Not sure about Supai/Havasupai valley as a stop here, might be too much walking for the kids (too much money for the parents if we take the helicopter - $800 or so) - any other suggestions?
Any other suggestions as to routes, real fun things to do, etc would be most welcome! What's the advice on Yosemite for this time of the year?