firstly GREAT forum! a lot of my ideas on our trip are from here (esp incorporating Route 395)
We are a family of 4 - (2 kids aged 4 and 6) and we're coming to the US in late march 2010 and hiring an Apollo Sunrise Eclipse 25 ft RV. We land at LAX and basically sleep the night then pick up our RV and get on the road. here is our trip plan.
day 1 Thursday, 25 March 2010 1640hrs arrive at LAX, overnight LA
day 2 Friday, 26 March 2010 pick up campervan. Joshua Tree Nat Park.
day 3 Saturday, 27 March 2010 JT to sedona
day 4 Sunday, 28 March 2010 sedona to Grand Canyon in afternoon, stay at Mather Campground
day 5 Monday, 29 March 2010 GC
day 6 Tuesday, 30 March 2010 could stop on way to Bryce or go whole way depending on timing
day 7 Wednesday, 31 March 2010 bryce canyon
day 8 Thursday, 1 April 2010 zion
day 9 Friday, 2 April 2010 zion
day 10 Saturday, 3 April 2010 LV - thinking of staying at Mandalay Bay hotel (not in RV)
day 11 Sunday, 4 April 2010 LV
day 12 Monday, 5 April 2010 Route 395 - across death valley & sequoia NP - what's sherman pass road like for an RV? are we better just heading up to ski area?
day 13 Tuesday, 6 April 2010 mammoth lakes (can we ski at this time of year??)
day 14 Wednesday, 7 April 2010 lake tahoe
day 15 Thursday, 8 April 2010 sacremento (seeing the basketball)
day 16 Friday, 9 April 2010 san fran (been before couple of times so really just want to catch up with some friends there and take kids on cable car)
day 17 Saturday, 10 April 2010 san fran
day 18 Sunday, 11 April 2010 Yosemite (already booked camp site so these dates can't be moved)
day 19 Monday, 12 April 2010 Yosemite
day 20 Tuesday, 13 April 2010 Yosemite
day 21 Wednesday, 14 April 2010 Yosemite
day 22 Thursday, 15 April 2010 coast -santa cruz KOA for fun night for kids 1 or 2 nights
day 23 Friday, 16 April 2010 coast road (HWY 1)
day 24 Saturday, 17 April 2010 coast (HWY 1) - want to stay at Big Sur campground and cabins. anywhere else?
day 25 Sunday, 18 April 2010 coast -??
day 26 Monday, 19 April 2010 coast - santa barbara
day 27 Tuesday, 20 April 2010 drive to LA, return campervan mid day, go to Disney hotel
day 28 Wednesday, 21 April 2010 disneyland - already booked at Disney hotel
day 29 Thursday, 22 April 2010 disneyland already booked at Disney hotel
day 30 Friday, 23 April 2010 disneyland in daytime.- fly out to Australia at 11pm
So any comments??
I'm wondering if we should spend less time at Zion and Bryce and more on Route 395. Becuase we've got little kids we don't want too many massive long drives. We would love to see Sequoia National Park as well but not sure if the Sherman Pass road from Route 395 is too tricky for a big campervan (well big by australian standards!) or should we head down from yosemite and then cut across to coast?
Reason for no time in LA is that i had 2 months in LA about 15 years ago and then been back for a couple of days 6 years ago so not that keen on hanging around in LA. also we're tyring to stay out of big cities too much - expensive, not that fun with kids, hard with the RV etc
would love to hear your comments please.