Ive been reading through the forum here and picking up some great ideas and tips. A little background - we are a family of 4 (2 adults, kids age 13 and 11) from ireland doing a 5 week trip to the US next June-July. We fly into Chicago then onto Denver and then LA. We plan on being in CA from mid June and will stay with friends in Newport Beach. Originally the plan was to leave from there and drive up to the coast to Santa Barbara for 2 nights, then over to Yosemite for 2 nights and then back to San Francisco for 2 nights. The only accommondation we cannot change or cancel is in Yosemite as we have already paid for Half Dome village accommodation.
Now we are thinking of changing it a little or a lot maybe, leave our friends in Newport Beach a day early and head over to Las Vegas for 2 nights, taking in the Mojave on the way. Then leaving Vegas and going through/by Death Valley to Yosemite but staying somewhere overnight in the middle to break up the journey.
So i have some questions.
Coast or desert?
Are our driving plans too ambitious/long?
suggestions of somewhere to stay between Las Vegas and Yosemite?
All suggestions/advice greatly appreciated.