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California Family Road Trip

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I am trying to confirm a few last details before finalizing the bookings for a family trip to California this summer. I need help thinking through a few decisions. I am open to any feedback that would help my family have a better trip.

We will be spending 2 weeks in CA, flying in/out of San Francisco. We are a family of 5 (kids age 6,4,2)....I know we are kind of crazy. We will likely focus on outdoor activities and spend the last 2-3 days in SF seeing the sights. I am thinking about driving south down the coast, spending time in Monterrey, driving through Big Sur, then over to Sequoia and Yosemite. We would also like to see the giant redwoods. Here are the things I am grappling with:

1) RV or rental car/SUV: I like the idea of the RV, but I am worried it will be too restrictive in some of the parks. We like doing off the beaten path type of stuff and I'm afraid that will be limited in a medium sized RV. If we rented a car we would likely do hotels and prob bring a tent and camp at a few places. What would be my major concerns here with the RV? From my initial research the cost seems to be about the same so it comes down to convenience. I like the room provided in an RV, I worry about mobility in some places. Is that warranted?

2) Would it be worthwhile to drive North to the Redwood National Forrest? Or would this take too much time? I'm not sure if that is vastly different than what we would see/experience in the other parts of the state we plan to be in. I am guessing it would use roughly 3-4 days of our vacation to do that. Is it worthwhile relative to the commitment of time needed?

3) mid-June vs. mid-July. We can go either time. Is there any big factor that would make big difference that I haven't thought to consider? (i.e. weather, crowds, atmosphere, etc.).

4) How far south should we go? No interest in hitting LA/San Diego. I've been there before and just not interested in what they offer for this trip.

5) Any proposed itineraries? My intuition is get into SFO-go north to for 3 nights (or not based on feedback)- Santa Cruz/Monterrey/Carmel for 3 nights-Sequoia 2 nights-Yosemite 3 nights- SF 2 nights. If we don't go north it just gives us more time to wander and pick random places to sleepover. Do these time frames seem reasonable and give us enough time at these locations?

Any help is appreciated. We are from Florida and traveling is a passion for my wife and myself. We are always up for an adventure! We hope to instill that into our children as well. I know it can be difficult traveling with children this young, but I am confident that if planned correctly a great time can be had by all and its worth the investment of time/money. Thanks for reading.

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