We have dates, finally!! I recently purchased airfare and train tickets and we now have a definite window for travel out west. There will be four of us (two adults, two kids 9 and 11) traveling next July and August. We plan to depart Idaho Falls, ID around July 12th (some flexibility there, +/- 1 day) and would like to be back in IF by about August 9th (again, +/- 1 day). That allows for sufficient time before and after the driving loop to visit family, so we have about four weeks for the road trip portion of our version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. :)
I am hoping to squeeze in Seattle, Mt, Ranier, Mt. St. Helens, Columbia River area, Cannon Beach, Crater Lake, Redwood NP/Jed Smith SP, San Francisco, Yosemite, LA area (maybe Sea World and/or Universal but probably taking a pass on Disneyland), San Diego (perhaps Coronado Beach area for the kids), Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Page/Lake Powell.
I've started to look into hotel and realize that if I don't get my backside in gear we won't be staying in Yosemite or GCNP, so any help with a feasible itinerary would be great. We don't mind long driving days (8+ hours) but would like to avoid back-to-back ones, if possible.
One last thing to note - we won't be visiting Yellowstone or any of the the Utah National Parks on this trip (okay, disclaimer for the sake of total honesty - if we go through Moab we WILL detour to Arches. My willpower simply isn't sufficient to drive by the entrance to that park).
Thank you in advance for your suggestions!