We will be visiting USA next summer (end August 2013) - we have been taking about and saving for this for two years so great excitement. We are a family of 4, 17 year old daughter - already loving all things American (likes music/shopping/sports/people), 15 year old son into bikes and sailing. Hubby and I have broad interests and are game for most things. I have already booked a 4 day Lower Grand Canyon rafting trip at the end of the holiday which will be followed by 3 days in Vegas before coming home.
At present the plan is 3 nights San Francisco, 1 night Hwy1, 3 nights LA, 1 night LV prior to starting our Grand Canyon adventure. We have 1 night in hand so ....
a) Would we be better to get off the Zephyr at Reno (arr am), drive down hwy 395 to Yosemite and spend a night there before going on to SF or
b) spend the night in Death Valley between LA and LV
c) have the extra night in either LA/SF/HWY 1
d) Lose a night in either SF/HWY1/LA and visit both Yosemite and Death Valley.
e) Any other ideas? In a perfect world I really want to see big trees, husband geisers and mud baths, daughter shops and modern culture, son rollercoaster.
We will share the driving (would consider driving to Grand Canyon from LA in a day). This may well be the last "family holiday" we have together so I want it to be just great!!
Many many thanks for taking the time to read this, I would really appreciate any input as I want to book any national park accommodation asap!.
Happy travelling x