We are taking a trip from NYC to California and back.
We are planning to drive the northern route to San Francisco, going down through California and returning across the southern route.
The part of the trip that is the most challenging to plan is coming down through California.
I'd love some advice on what to see and what to exclude on this trip.
Of course we'd love to spend days or weeks at several locations, but we only have about six weeks for the whole trip.
I'll be traveling with my 7 kids -- ages 6-17. Besides seeing the national parks, any suggestions on activities or attractions that would be memorable for the kids.
We plan to camp some of the time, but do hotels most of the time.
We haven't traveled any further west than TX before, so everything will be new to us.
As of now, we hope to stop at the following places -
Mt. Rushmore, SD
Grand Teton NP
Pacific Coast Highway
Mesa Verde NP
Back to NY
I know this is an ambitious itinerary, but I don't expect we will make this trip again any time soon, so we'd like to see as much as possible.
Any advice would be appreciated.