We are planning a family trip (2 adults, 2 kids, 11 & 9) to California next year. Our plan is to arrive around the 6th of April and travel to a few destinations before returning home at the end of April.
After much discussion and help from the helpful people here I think we are getting very close to our 'perfect' itinerary.
I am hoping we can get some specific help regarding the Cambria part of our trip but have posted the whole trip so you have an idea of our plans. Will be posting this in other forums to to get specific help for the other parts of the holiday.
We'd appreciate any advice re: hotels and things to do .
Fly Melbourne to LAX (arrive early morning 7 am)
Stay in Santa Monica (Oceanview Hotel) for 3 nights (plan to do the 'Hop on Hop off' bus tour in LA, ,Hollywood homes tour and Universal Studios - at this point we'd be there on Easter Sunday will it be crazy there or should we be ok? We could add an extra day in Santa Monica and then go there on the Monday if that would be better or go a day earlier on the Saturday??)
Drive the coast road staying at Cambria for 1 night (not sure where to stay yet, suggestions welcome) visiting whatever takes our fancy along the way. is there anything we shouldn't miss? Looked at Hearst castle but was put off by a few reviews saying it wasnt really worth the cost happy to hear other viewpoints.)
Drive the coast road staying at Monteray for 2 nights (not sure where to stay yet,suggestions welcome) visiting whatever takes our fancy along the way.
Drive to Yosemite staying for 2 nights (not sure where to stay yet, suggestions welcome)
Drive to San Francisco (Holiday Inn Suites at Fishermans Wharf or Club Donatello or Suites at Fishermans Wharf ?) for 3 nights (plan to do Alcatraz tour, Golden Gate bridge, evening Chinatown dinner tour, ride the cable cars, Walt Disney museum, a bay cruise perhaps?)
Fly from San Fran to Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay - is it too far out? Is Circus Circus better for kids??) for 3 nights. (maybe see a show - a shame The Lion King will be over, is the shopping good there? Neon Lights Tour??)
Drive to Grand Canyon for 1 night (not sure where to stay yet, suggestions welcome) We plan to do a sunset tour the day we arrive and then a sunrise tour the next morning. We will probably spend quite a bit of time there before heading to Phoenix.
Drive to Phoenix and fly to San Diego (Hotel Indigo Gaslamp quarter) for 2 nights (San Diego Zoo)
Drive to Legoland for the day then on to Anaheim (Would the kids prefer Knotts Berry do you think??)
Anaheim (HoJo or Park Vue Inn - will it be warm enough for the kids to swim at HoJo's in late April?) for 5 nights (Disneyland (2 or 3 days) and California Adventureland, Medievel Times??, we think we can also have a recovery day in there somewhere between theme parks )
Our flight out from LAX is at 11.30pm so we will drive slowly back to LA and spend the day there or another day at Disney perhaps?
Fly home with smiles on our faces!!
I look forward to receiving your advice, thanks :) Sue