We are planning a trip to the US in September, with a wedding to attend in San Francisco, a cousin to visit in NYC and more family in Minneapolis. We'll be travelling with a 6yo and a 2yo, and thought we would take them to Disneyland - if we time it right, the 6yo could celebrate her birthday there! I'm thinking we'll be there for about a month all up - I had thought 2 weeks on the west coast, starting in SF for 3 or 4 days (we've been there twice before, so probably won't spend too long there), then driving to LA and from there to the Grand Canyon, then flying from Vegas to NYC for a week before heading to Minneapolis for a week.
Planning for the trip is very much in its infancy, so advice on how long to spend in places and where we should go would be appreciated. I had thought just 1 or 2 days in Disneyland - while our 6yo might be enthralled, the 2yo might not be as thrilled with the crowds and queues, and my own preference is to get to the national parks rather than theme parks!
Some specific questions - what's the best route from LA to the Grand Canyon? Our kids aren't particularly fond of long drives, so we would plan lots of stops along the way. With this in mind, how long should we allow for driving from SF to LA, then LA to the Grand Canyon and from there to Vegas? Any must-sees en route?
What other parks should we see along the way?
Am I mad for considering doing all this driving with kids who hate car trips and aren't particularly fond of national parks?!!?? The alternative is to spend longer on the east coast, but I'd love to see the Grand Canyon.