We are a Dutch family with 2 children age 5 and 7. Our travel plan is already quite detailed, I have read with great interest many of the posts and used that to some extend. Many thanks to all of you who have contributed. These are amazing sources of information!!
We will in 20 days be cruising in a 28' RV quite a number of the parks. Our iternary for now is:
RV day Target "Duration (hour, minutes) google maps" Details Comments
1 Travel Shuttle Road Bear Hayward 2.45 "Yosemite lakes
3 Yosemite 1.16 Bridal Veil creek First come first serve
4 Kings Canyon 3.13 "Fire Permit: Grant Cove visitor center
Try camping: Crystal Springs" "Free camping
First come, first serve"
5 Sequoia 3-5 hr depends route
Travel to Isabella Lake Hungry Gulch
6 Isabella Lake
7 Travel to Las Vegas 5.00
8 Zion 2.56 Watchman Campground, avoid Zion Canyon campground (dirty) 2 first come first serve
9 Bryce 2.33 Ruby's Inn
10 Grand Canyon 3.27 North Rim Campground
11 Glen Canyon recreation area 2.32 Wahweap
12 Monument Valley 2.26 Mitten camping? " visit 11.30 Antelope canyon first
First come first serve"
13 Travel to Lake Havasu 7.27 ?
14 Lake Havasu
15 Malibu 5.45 Leo Carillo
16 Montana de Oro 3.13 Montana de Oro
17 Big Sur Kirk Creek 1.44 Kirk Creek Campground
18 Riverside 0.37 Riverside Campground
19 Carmel/Monterey 0.39 Veterans Memorial Park Campground First come, first serve
20 Back to RV Hayward San Francisco 1.45
Allthough this looks very complete I have some questions. I am really looking for the must do's or must see's in the parks but maintain the balance with 2 young kids. They will find getting in and out of the RV quite annoying after some times. I am looking for some nice hikes, kids must see's and experiences with that from other travellers in the parks. We are living in Norway so some terrain hiking is ok for say 2 hours (3 including some larger breaks).
In terms of campgrounds, most are booked but I have difficulty in finding a place in Zion to book, no reactions from certain campgrounds. What are your recommendations and how easy is it to get the first come first serve places?
My other issue is, we want to give the children some time to play near water so we have planned a stop at Lake Isabella and to cut the roadtrip back to the coast we are thinking on a 2 day stay in Lake Havasu (open for suggestion of campgrounds). But I am wondering, is it worth to stay there for 2 nights in the middle of summer? Is it potentially way to hot for children to be on the beach? So would maybe a 2 day stay near Page be better instead of 1? Is it actually allowed to camp at any spot near Glen Canyon area or does this have to be at designated areas? Another option would be cut the trip back from Monument Valley to Malibu from 1 spot with 2 nights to 2 stops with both 1 night. But where then?
We are looking forward to exploring the US and appreciate all your tips!!!! Would be great if you can say which roads are must haves and which to avoid with RV's.
Takk skal du har!!! Sjoerd and Marije