Hello!! We are a family of 4: 2 adults and 2 kids (5 and 8) planning in doing a road trip in april. we live in australia and went last april to the east coast and totally fell in love with the USA. so we are going back next april to see part of the west coast. I welcome all kind of advise!! since i feel i have an overload of information and im totally stuck in one part of our trip!!! Plus we dont reallly have much time for all the things i want to do!! only 11 days.
here is the itenerary:
1-3 april LA
3-10 april Cruise to mexico
10 APRIL begin our drive to the grand canyon (tusayan). Looking on google maps the shorter way to get there is on the i40. I know it is a long way so i need to spent one night on the way. Any recomendations? Its just to break up the trip, doesnt need to be a touristy place.
11 APRIL Drive to tusayan. spend some time in the grand canyon. night at tusayan.
12 APRIL Explore more of the grand canyon. later on the day leave for vegas. Night at vegas
13 APRIL Vegas. Night at vegas
NOW THIS IS WHERE THE TROUBLE STARTS!! We would like to go to yosemite but we are not keen on car chains (never used them before)! the first option would be the most common one... but surely the roads will be closed.
14 APRIL Drive to bishop via death valley. Night in bishop.
15 APRIL drive to yosemite via mammoth lakes. Night in yosemite.
16 APRIL Yosemite. drive to San francisco. Night in SF
What are my options to get to SF if this way is closed. I dont mind if we dont do yosemite at all. Will i need chains to go to death valley? If i go to bakersfield will i be able to do the trail of 100 giants?? or still need chains for that? :) Tought the kids will enjoy seeing the giant trees.
17 APRIL SF
18 APRIL drive from SF to San Luis Obispo via Monterrey and carmel. Night in SLO
19 APRIL San Luis Obispo. night in SLO
20 APRIL Drive to Thousands oaks. night in thousands oak.
21 APIRL drive to LAX. flight at 2300hrs.
Thanks a lot for your help!!