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help me plan family trip to california from uk

help me plan family trip to california from uk

Jan 6th, 2003, 06:49 AM
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Hi Elise - Just to add one more tuppence worth of advice... (By the way, I'm American and live in the UK.) As many posters have noted, Southern California has plenty to keep you and your family occupied, both for kiddies and adults. Do go to the Zoo and to the Wild Animal Park. They are both wonderful experiences and very different. I would probably skip Legoland as there is one in the UK you can go to. Driving along the coast, from North to South or South to North is very pretty, but a long-haul (distances are much greater in the US than in the UK). You may want to consider whether you want to spend more than 2 or 3 hours a day in the car with the kids on a busy American freeway. Driving non-stop (except for pit-stops) from San Diego to Los Angeles is about 3-5 hours (depending on where you start from and are going to and on traffic...) San Francisco will take you at least nine to twelve hours eleven hours. Los Angeles to Las Vegas is about 4-6 hours of driving (and on a boring stretch of road...). Alternatively, Northern California is stunningly beautiful, and has some kiddy attractions - and Yosemite is fantastic, but this might be a trip in itself. I guess it depends on how much travelling around you want to do on your holiday. If you do decide on SoCal, and are in the mood for a longish road-trip with maybe an overnight stay to break up the journey for the kids...you may want to consider Joshua National Park, which is gorgeous high desert with fantastic rock formations. You may have seen some pictures if you got a chance to see the Ansel Adams exhibit recently on in London. Kids might be excited by all the cactus, but it is more of an adult excursion than for kids. Personally, if it were me, I'd stay the course in San Diego/LA area and just enjoy the beach, Balboa Park, the zoo, shopping, the maritime museum, La Jolla, Coronado, SeaWorld, bikeriding along Mission Beach, shopping, in March you may be able to go on a whale watching trip, maybe go up to LA for a couple of days, just relaxing, etc. Happy travels!
Jan 6th, 2003, 07:21 AM
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Sorry Elise - I just saw you are keen on Northern California. I love Northern California, in fact I used to live in San Francisco (now I live in London). Weather is very similar. There are really fun things to do in the Bay Area for both you and your kids - many of which have been listed on this posting. Also although it is incredibly touristy and tacky, you will end up at Fisherman's Wharf - kids love it. If you decide to go to Yosemite, you may want to consider make sure to go to the "tunnel trees"! You may also want to consider renting or bringing a DVD player to keep the kids entertained if you do take any long road trips.
Just be aware that driving times are long in the Western US and to add another third to half the time to estimated driving times posted on Mapquest or the like (the sites don't take into consideration the traffic!) You'll have a wonderful time, all of California is fantastic.
Jan 6th, 2003, 11:43 AM
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The last poster made some good points, but his estimated of driving times are very generous and must be the scenic routes. Time travel on hwy 5, hwy 101, and hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) are very different and the scenery is too. If you decide to drive down California, I recommend you get specific advise on when to use the fast highway and when to travel on the more scenic route.
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