We're a family of 4 from London UK - 2 kids aged 11 & 13 - and we're trying to tailor a trip for ourselves in August, all help greatly appreciated. We've got the start and the end but stumped about the middle part!
Plan so far:
Day 1 Arrive LA - jetlagged!
Day 2 Universal Studios
Day 3 LA Beaches etc
Day 4 Drive to San Luis Obispo - stay SLO 1 night
Day 5 Heart Castle, Piedras Blancas, arrive Treebones Yurt resort Cambria
Day 6 explore area, 2nd night at Treebones
Day 7 Drive to Monterey - stay in Monterey
Day 8 Aquarium etc - 2nd night in Monterey
Day 9 Drive to SF - stay in SF
Day 10 2nd night in SF
Day 11 3rd night in SF
Day 12 Maybe up to Point Reyes? then 4th night in SF
Day 19 Visit Bodie, arrive in Yosemite - stay 4 nights Curry Village tent cabin
Day 23 drive to Death Valley - stay one night Stovepipe Wells
Day 24 Drive to Vegas - 2 nights then fly home!
Ideas for the mid-section:
West coast highway north of SF - all the way to Arcata?
Wine country - not that interested but maybe pass through
Lassen National Park - is it worth the extra driving?
Lake Tahoe - can't work out if its beautiful or tacky...
But would love to hear any other ideas... What can we sensibly do with our middle week to get from SF to Yosemite? Guess we could extend the gap by staying just 3 nights in SF and 3 nights in Yosemite...
Many many thanks for any help!