I am in the last stages of planning a family trip from the central coast of CA to Las Vegas, North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Springdale UT (Zion & Bryce) and back to the easten entrance of Yosemite. We planned to stay at Tioga Pass Resort in Lee Vining while we explore the high country.
We've been on a similar trip before but did not return this way. The drive from Springdale to Lee Vining is very long, Mapquest says 8 hours. Does anyone know if that's accurate? I'm concerned the last part of the drive is a difficult road and it could take even longer.
We planned to stay in Springdale four nights and Lee Vining three so this is a big travel day, we will not be stopping to sight see but just to eat and take little breaks.
With two kids (9 & 13) am I biting off too much driving for one day? Is the 8 hour estimate accurate? If we did decide to break it up where to stay along the way? I had thought about Springdale to Vegas for a night and then 5 hours too Lee Vining but we will have already done Vegas and it seems to add a little more driving. I'm wondering if there is anywhere we can stop along the way that gets us closer to our destination and breaks up the long drive into two smaller chunks.
We will be taking this trip in July so I'm aware the heat could be crazy. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!