I am from Australia and am currently planning our first family trip to the States with my partner and two boys (10 & 7yrs). I have spent days looking through your fantastic site and getting ideas. There really is so much that I would like to see, but we don't want to spend all our time driving and the kids certainly wouldn't cope. We are staying in Orlando Fl for around a week, but then on the 12 October we are flying to San Francisco where we will rent a car. Definite places we want to see are Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Vegas, Legoland (promised my boys) and I would have loved to see Carmel/Big Sur though I think this may be too much.
Our current plan is: San Fran (2 nights) - Yosemite (2 nights) - Vegas (1 night) - Grand Canyon (2 nights) - Vegas (1 nights) - Carlsbad (Legoland) 2 nights - LA (fly home late evening 23 Oct).
Do you think this is Ok? I left out the coast leg as I thought it may be too much, unless you can see a way to add it in without too many more hours on the road.
Also, we are booking our trip through a travel agent and he recommends driving from Yosemite to Vegas via Bakersfield, but I have noticed that most of the posts talk about driving over the Tioga Pass. Is this the better way to go? Are there good places to stop half way? We want to take a leisurely drive, so would need a decent place to stay. Any advice on where to stay, important places to see etc. would be appreciated.