Dear fellow tripadvsor,
I am planing our big family vacation trip in October 2014. We (4 adults, 2 seniors and 3 kids) will probably be renting a full size van (12 seater) hoping it would accommodate all of us and luggage.
My initial itinerary is posted below. Note that I haven't made up my mind on where to stay on several cities so any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. We would look for hotels and/or activities that are family oriented and good fun for both adults and kids.
October 12(sun) Los Angeles - Pick up car rental at 2PM
October 12(sun) Drive from Los Angeles to Pismo Beach. Overnight stay in Pismo Beach (Pismo Beach LightHouse hotel)
October 13(mon) Drive from Pismo Beach to Monterey. Scenic drive to monterey on highway 1. Overnight in Monterey (Where to stay in Monterrey?)
October 14(tues) Monterey – Aquarium, lighthouse (Where to stay between Monterey and SF?)
October 15(wed) Drive to San Francisco. San Francisco sightseeeing (Where to stay between SF and Sonoma?)
October 16(thur) Drive to Sonoma Valley (or Napa which do you think it's more suitable to bring little kids to? We are not planning on wine tasting but prefer to go somewhere with nice view & food). Drive from Sonoma to Reno (this might be a little off this forum but a suggestion on a family oriented hotel in Reno would be greatly appreciated. Circus Circus/Peppermill Resort Spa Casino/ Atlantis Casino Resort Spa/Grand Sierra Resort and Casino)
October 17(fri) Drive from Reno to Yosemite
October 18(sat) Overnight in Yosemite
October 19(sun) Yosemite – Anaheim (stay in Anaheim for 4 nights)
October 20(mon) Anaheim- San diego (seaworld)
October 21(tues) Anaheim - Carlsbad (Lego Land)
October 22(wed) Anahiem - Disneyland
October 23(thur) Los Angeles - Airport