Been checking out this great site for a couple of days to help with our trip. Fantastic resource guys, thanks! Just wanted to get some feedback on our plans.
We (me, wife, 2 kids, 7 and 11 yr old) fly into LAX from Australia 6 am, mid Sept. Rest day, hang out around Venice Beach/ Santa Monica, maybe head up Hollywood/ Bev. Hills for the afternoon. Back to the beach for the night.
Day2 Disneyland, stay Anaheim.
Day3 Drive to Grand Canyon (quick sidetrip through Sedona?) Doable in a day?
Day 4 Grand Canyon
Day 5 Vegas
Day7 Early start to Sequoia Park via Death Valley. Doable?
Day 8 Drive to Yosemite
Day10 Drive to Lake Taupo
Day 11 Lake Taupo
Day 12-14 San Francisco. (3 nights)
Day 15-16 Big Sur to LA (2 nights, stopping Monterey and Santa Barbara)
This leaves us 2 spare days (18 total) to adjust plans if necessary.
We would also like to see, if possible
1)Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon/Page. Is this a possible day trip, say from Grand Canyon to Vegas, or even going up into Utah via 95 to Torrey for night, then down the 12 through Zion NP to Vegas.
2)Giant coastal Redwoods, will we see these on Big Sur or is it worth going from Lake Taupo and taking a night to go up the coast before coming into SF.
I realise I am trying to chew a pretty big bite, and am happy to miss the above two options if you think it's just to much. Being Australian we are used to doing long drives, but hard to gauge travel times in another country.
Any opinions and recommendations are greatly appreciated as we are still in the early stages of planning, the whole thing could change!!
BTW, we booked on impulse due to very cheap flights, not knowing much about what is around, so started reading up and am blown away by the incredible diversity you guys have in a relatively small area (by Oz standards). Looks beautiful and can't wait to check it out!