I am planning a trip with my husband and two boys (8 and 6 years old) as follows:
Dec 19 to Dec 23, Grand Canyon. We plan to rent a car in Phoenix drive to Tusayan, stay there and visit the South Rim and Antelope Canyon.
Dec 23 to Dec 26, Yosemite National Park. The idea is to drive from Tusayan to Yosemite National Park, I don't know if it would be wise to drive in 1 or 2 days.
Dec 26 to Jan 4, South Lake Tahoe. Finally, we would drive from Yosemite National Park to Reno, where we would drop off the car and head to South Lake Tahoe by taxi or shuttle for our ski vacation.
I have to say that we have never driven in this season. I have read that rental companies do not allow snow chains. That the only road open to get to Yosemite National Park is route 140. I would like to stay in a lodge inside the park but it seems I will need a car equipped with the snow chains. Any help regarding the following?
If you think we should not do the Grand Canyon drive to Yosemite National Park in one day, what halfmark stay would you recommend?
Any comments or suggestions regarding our itinerary are welcome!