My husband and I and our three children (ages 5,8 and 10) are embarking on our first big trip as a family at the end of July. We are flying from London to Las Vegas and our itinerary so far looks like this:
Day 1 - arrive in Las Vegas
Day 2 - day in Las Vegas
Day 3 - drive to Grand Canyon North Rim
Day 4 - Grand Canyon
Day 5 - Drive to Page AZ
Day 6 - Page
Day 7 - Page
Day 8 - Drive back to Las Vegas and fly to SFO ( I know flying isn't really in the spirit of this website but it seemed fairer to the children than to drive through Death Valley in August!)
Day 9 - Drive to Yosemite
Day 10 - Yosemite
Day 11 - Yosemite
Day 12 - Drive to Monterey for whale watching?
And that's as far as I've got! We will have another eight days to fill before we fly out of LAX and I have promised Disney and Universal Studios but am expecting these only to fill two days. I wondered if anyone could give me advice on fun things to see or places to stay on the drive down to LA. We'd love to get off the beaten track a bit if we can and stay in places which are a bit more out of the way/less touristy - any suggestions would be gratefully received, as would any comments on the itinerary. Many thanks in advance...