I'm planning a USA trip with the family (me, wife, two kids 2.5 and 7.5) in Oct/Nov 2015. On our last trip, we did a clockwise loop from LA that took us through Las Vegas, southern Utah, Arizona, San Diego and Anaheim. This time, the plan is to do an anti-clockwise loop from LA, up to the northern part of California and then San Francisco down to Anaheim via the PCH.
My question is for the LVNP portion of the trip. How it usually works is that my wife thumbs through travel books, points at a picture and says "I want to go to there", and leaves me to do the research and planning on how to fit it into the overall trip. So I don't really know much about the place at the moment. I know that we will try to fit it in between Lake Tahoe and the Redwood state parks on the coast.
1. What are the best routes to follow? Scenic would be best, but it depends on how much extra time it would take over following a direct highway.
2. What are some options for accomodation? Most likely to be a 2-night stop so we can drive on day 1, explore LVNP on day 2 and get going early on day 3 towards the coast. Doesn't have to be luxury, but we will have kids in tow so a basic level of comfort would be great.
3. Is a single day trip into the park enough to check it out? As mentioned we will have young kids, so really only the shortest and easiest of trails will be feasible. I would like to do the one to Bumpass Hell, 3ish miles doesn't seem too bad if the weather is good.
thanks in advance for your help.