I have been reading and learning a lot from your posts and as lots of other people, wanted to check with you guys about my planning as well as getting suggestions and comments out of your own experience and expertise.
Me and my family (wife and 2 small kids - 5 and 10) live in Uruguay, South America and will be renting an RV in Los Angeles.
The idea of this trip is to enjoy the motorhome experience which is our first, enjoy the driving, the nature and the family bonding during these days. As well as a quick drive and main view of the mayor cities along the trip.
We plan to spend 14 days as follows:
Day 1) Arriving at 9 AM into LAX, picking up the RV and driving to San Diego to spend the rest of the day touring around Old City
Day 2) Very early to San Diego Zoo leaving around 19:00 towards Grand Canyon. We want to drive some 4 hours to cut that long trip in half, find a nice town (RV camp or such) to rest and then continue driving first thing in the morning towards Grand Canyon.
Any suggestions on the best routes to take and a mid point to stop over an rest?. Was thinking I15 to Barstow and then I40 all the way to Flagstaff and then to Grand Canyon South Rim. Any nice towns you could recommend to spend that night?
Is that the best route or you suggest a different one?
Day 3) Arrive at noon into Gand Canyon South Rim. Spend the day and night there
Day 4) Morning at Grand Canyon and leave after lunch towards Las Vegas trough Hoover Dam. Can you suggest the best or fastest routes to take?
Day 5) Full day and stay over in Las Vegas
Day 6) Leave very early towards Sequoia Park and/or Yosemite Nat. Park., driving though Death valley. Any advise crossing Death valley on the motorhome? Anything to be concerned about?
I did want to spend half a day visiting Sequoia National Park, but read there's some road construction entering Sequoia national park and restrictions for the Motorhome I am renting (35 ft). So I was thinking of continuing to Yosemite and visit the sequoias there. Any comments or suggestions? Is there much of a difference between the sequoias at one park or the other?
Best route between those points?
Day 7) Spend the whole day and night at Yosemite Park
Any suggestions for RV parks at these locations? Should we stay one night in the southern part of the park and then the second night at a different place closer to the way out to San Fransisco?
Day 8) Leave early towards San Fransico and spend the afternoon there. (Chinatown, etc)
Day 9) Full Day and night in San Fransisco
Day 10) Leave San Fransisco mid morning south on Highway 1 towards Los Angeles.
Day 11) All day on Highway 1 South to arrive into L.A. that night
We will take almost 2 days to drive back to LA. Any suggestions on which towns to stop over or were to spend the night halfway (night of day 10) ?
Any RV park near or at Disneyland to spend the 11th night and wake up for a full day at Disneyland with the kids?
Day 12) All day at Disneyland
Day 13) Will return the RV and rent a car to spend the next 2 days visiting and driving around Los Angeles
Day 14) Los Angeles
Day 15) LAX back home to Uruguay.