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Hi, I am very new to this site and the whole idea of posting a message.

I read, with great interest, the posts made by Shanek on his family trip down the PCH of West USA.
We too are a family from Australia (my husband Jon, my two sons Ryan(10) and Luke (9) and me, Kym) doing a driving trip of 4 weeks, starting in Seattle and ending in Los Angeles. I would like to give you some details, and would so appreciate any advice that can be offered. My biggest dilemma is my unfamiliarity with which roads are passable in the north-west areas in winter, so therefore, what we can realistically get to.

We arrive on Dec 20th into Seattle, and hire a car to drive out to the Wenatchee area (Leavenworth to be precise) where we are staying for 5 days over Christmas - to give my sons their first white Christmas (hopefully!).
The next date I need to give is Jan 23rd, when we fly out of LA for Australia. Between then, is the big road trip. I am aware that we will experience a lot of snow in Washington, and really, my main focus is on a trip down the beautiful coast to LA, with a week in Vegas added in, so we can see the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.

Is it possible to get to Yosemite in winter, and would we be able to do that by crossing from the Wenatchee area. I figure we will then have to double-back to begin our trip down the coast. I have travelled by road from San Francisco to San Simeon and was so totally blown away by the beauty of the coast. It became the driving force behind my plans to take my family over and repeat the experience.

My sons are young and very active, so we would like to visit theme parks, but also national parks and places that have some historical significance that they would find interesting.
Also, do you think i will need to book accommodation before we set out, as this creates a whole new thing to consider. At the moment, we are not locked into any particular dates where we have to be at certain times, but this would clearly change if I had to pre-book accomm and decide ahead of time, how long to stay in certain places.

I have been researching this trip for almost 6 months, I actually booked our 'cabin in the snow' in November of 2012! But, please forgive me any errors i have made or will make in future posts, about where places are and the distances/roads etc that are involved in getting there!
You are an amazing group of people, giving up your time and energy to answer questions from total stangers. But, it is very appreciated.

REgards, Kym

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