I am planning a family (2 adults and 2 teenagers)holiday. Coming from Australia, it is our first time as a family to the US and so we've split the trip into two sections. The first half is to be spent exploring a taste of the west coast with the second half exploring a little of the east coast. I'd love some advice on the west coast itinerary as we're in the early planning stages, having only booked the airfares from Australia - US return at this stage. This is what we have so far for the west coast:
Dec 8 Arrive San Francisco - spend 4 nights;
approx Dec13/14 Hollywood (touristy stuff I guess);
Dec 15 Head to Las Vegas - 4 nights.
I do have a few questions -
1. How long to take doing the coast drive from San Francisco towards LA?
2. Should we spend 1/2 nights in Hollywood/surrounds? (We were advised that Hollywood would be a better place to stay given that we want to see a few of the touristy things like Rodeo Dr. Hollywood Blvd (stars?), Venice Beach etc)
3. Are we better to drive to Vegas in one go or should we stay overnight somewhere on the way?
4. We had considered doing a trip to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas but having read about the distance, I'm wondering whether we should now. Advice?
I realise I've asked for a huge amount of advice here. Thanks so much to any of you who can offer some suggestions!