I'm trying to organize a family reunion and am having a hard time. The particulars:
-- Four families (7 adults; 5 kids ages 8-13)
-- Traveling to CA from AZ, NJ, and FL.
-- The only absolute is that one of our party REALLY wants to see the General Sherman tree.
-- This could be the only time the NJ and FL kids make it to CA.
-- I want to keep costs down, so don't want to ask the east coast families to fly into a small airport like Fresno. Even for my family, flying from Tucson, Fresno and Reno are prohibitively expensive.
-- Which major airport would be better (LA or SF)? I know it's a long drive from either, but would one drive be much better than the other?
-- Would it make sense to spend a day on either end of the trip, doing touristy things, in the city we fly into?
-- Are there scenic or interesting places on the way to Sequoia/Kings Canyon from either city that we might want to stop and spend the night, or spend a little more time?
Any and all guidance is much appreciated!