I just walked in on this great place, when looking for ideas for my family's (2 adults and 2 kids at 4 & 8) upcoming vacation to CA from AUG 3 to AUG 20.
So far, we've only booked airline tickets, rental car (normal mid-sized) and lodging at Curry Village in Yosemite on AUG 11. Rest is up for grabs.
We were thinking of the following plan
3 AUG arrival at Ontario (from DC) drive to hotel close to San Diego
4 AUG SD/Sea World
5-7 Drive along HWY 1 to San Francisco
8-10 Experience San Francisco then drive to hotel close to Yosemite
11-12 Yosemite, drive south towards Death Valley area
13-14 Experience Death Valley (no idea how much time the drive takes)
18-19 Palm Springs (resort/relax/pool experience before leaving CA)
20 Departure (Ontario)
Another version could be the other way round. I.e. SD->LA->DV->Yosemite->SF->HWY1->Palm Springs.
Any comments on "way around" and choice of routes? Driving up or down HWY1 should be uncomplicated, but the part in the nature parks out east is presently unknown to me - suggestions would be very welcome.
Any must sees along the way? Should we include Sequoia National Park?
We have seen San Diego before, so the stay there is to have a short drive the first day + experience Sea World free (Hero Tribute Program).