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Thanks to all that have responded to my initial post and have helped me to redraft my preliminary plans.
Here is a link to the original thread if anyone would like to draw on the wealth of information that I have already been supplied with...

http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/18-days-in-california-with-the-familywhere-so-i-start.cfm


I have now got to the stage of booking flights and accomodation based on a 4 week trip from mid July to mid August this year. We are a family of 4 with 2 boys aged 8 and 11.

This is our plan and I would appreciate any further comments and tips........

FLY INTO AND OUT OF LOS ANGELES FROM MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA


7 NIGHTS.... LA /ANAHEIM /SANTA BARBARA

This will include 3 days at Disney,split between the 2 parks, a visit to La Brea and some R & R at the beach.

2 NIGHTS MONTEREY OR SANTA CRUZ

I still need to research what this area has to offer but it seems like the ideal place to break the drive.

4 NIGHTS SAN FRANCISCO

I have been convinced to add more time here. Will get to a baseball game, go to Alcatraz and still looking for some suggestions.

3 NIGHTS LAKE TAHOE

Rent a cabin in the Sand Harbour area and relax for a few days.

2 NIGHTS YOSEMITE

Tented Accomodation, in the park (mid week)

3 NIGHTS VEGAS/GRAND CANYON

Still need some help here. Will spend at least one night at the GC NORTH RIM and visit Zion. If it is practical to drive from Yosemite direct to the GC, I will do that, spend 2 nights and 1 in Vegas. Otherwise, it will have to be Vegas/GC/Vegas. Also want to see Hoover Dam.

7 NIGHTS SAN DIEGO /LA

Plan on spending 6 nights in La Jolla, visiting the Zoo/Sea World/Balboa Park mixed with plenty of Beach time and then spend our final night in LA doing anything we missed earlier.


There is still plenty of scope to modify this programme if I have skipped something that shouldn't be missed.

Any further recommendations, particularly regarding accomodation and travel times between my destinations would be great. I am probably looking at around $150 a night on average. If I can trim this in some places, I can splurge in others.

I will be writing a trip report on the road so to "give back" to the Forum, as I have on the Asian board previously where I am a regular poster.

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