We need a little advice with our late planned RV trip, late June-early July. We have travelled once before in a RV in New Zealand but this is our first time in an RV in the States. We have previously spent time in San Francisco and Yosemite and have done some theme parks, Disneyland, Universal Studios. So this time we are interested in National Parks and some short hiking, family time and history with a little bit of civilization at either end. We are a family of 5 with 3 older teenagers who enjoy camping and hiking and this RV trip was their idea (they are used to long drives etc)
After reading some Roadtrip forums we quickly booked Grand Canyon and Sequoia as we realised they go fast. After doing some more research we probably should have done things in a different order but .. that's what we have now. I am after some advice as to what to see and how long to spend around Bryce and Zion and what else we could visit or do
Our itinerary so far is below
Arrive Los Angeles - 1 night, hotel booked
Las Vegas - 1 night, hotel on strip booked
Pick up rental RV Las Vegas
Grand Canyon NP - 2 nights in South Rim NP campsite reserved
Bryce NP - 1 night?
Zion NP - 2 nights?
??? - 1-2 nights
Sequoia NP - 3 nights in NP campsite reserved ( we booked 3 but could cancel 1 night)
maybe drive back via San Simeon/Hearst Castle?
Malibu - 1 night booked
Return RV Los Angeles
Santa Monica - 1 night hotel booked
Leave Los Angeles
Our RV can't go through Death Valley and it's 28ft so we have to come into Seqouia via I180.
If anyone has some suggestions for the middle of our trip .. . how long to stay in each place or whether to squeeze in some other sites, also the best route to get to Seqouia .. any help would be greatly appreciated. Are there day or half day rafting trips (not very rough) that can be booked a day ahead. Does this trip look doable/enjoyable??
Also do Walmart sell good road maps, I think this will be our closest supermarket when first starting. Any other tips for RVing would be handy.