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California holiday

Hi, we are coming to the US from Australia in early November and will be there for about 3 weeks. We have got 5 days booked in Anaheim and have then hired a car so that we can drive around ourselves. We have not booked any further accommodation. We are planning on driving from Anaheim to San Diego (2hrs???) and then finding somewhere to stay (any suggestions??? - 2 adults, 2 kids (10 and 8)). We will have a couple of days in San Diego and will visit Sea World and either the Zoo or the Wild Animal Park (which one is best?). Then we are planning on driving out to the Grand Canyon (prob. stop in Flagstaff - has anyone got any idea how long that will take us?). We will probably do the Flagstaff - G.Canyon - Flagstaff as a day trip and then travel to Las Vegas the following day (again has anyone got any idea on driving times?). We will then drive from Vegas to Yosemite after a few days and may try to stay in the park (is this still available - we stayed in some cabins there back in '92). After spending a few days at Yosemite we plan on driving to San Francisco (how long?) and spend 1/2 nights there (where should we stay?) What would be the best things to do in SF? How long does it take to drive from SF to LA? We were allowing 2 days but not sure if there is a lot to see in between or if this is too long/not enough time? Thought we would do Universal Studios when we get back to LA before we fly home.

Any suggestions to improve our trip would be more than welcome! We are really not sure what we should be looking at/visiting. Hints on hotels. dining with the kids, and things to keep the kids happy would be appreciated! Is Legoland worth going to with two boys aged 8 and 10? What about Meteor Crater near Grand Canyon? Should be spend more time in one place and less in any others?

Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: California holiday

Try this site to determine distances between U.S. cities:


Driving speeds are in the 65 - 70 mph range when you are outside a metropolitan center; closer to 40-50 mph (or less(depending on traffic) when you are within city limits.

Regarding your specific questions about the different destinations, post your questions in those forums. California is a huge state and there are 500+ Trip Advisor forums that cover it.

Have a great holiday.

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2. Re: California holiday

If you have booked your trip - enjoy. We have visited California twice and I think its the best holiday destination in the world.

If you haven't booked yet - cut it back! You can check the actual distances in the website provided but 3 weeks for the huge area covered (less 5 days in Anaheim) is hugely ambitious especially with 2 kids in the back. And the roads are not all "Route 66"

I found 2 weeks to travel from LA to SF (with side tours to Yosemite/San Diego/Palm Springs long enough. The ideal is flying to LA and returning from SF (or vice versa) but if you have booked to/from LA, perhaps you should cut out Arizona/Las vegas and save up for a sceond trip!

I can fully recommend spending 2- 3 nights at each of the following to cut down on the driving

LA/Santa Monica


San Diego - Wild Animal Park/Sea World

Santa Barbara




(Stop off at Columbia State Park between SF and Yosemite. Its a preserved Western mining town - you can stay at the old City Hotel and the kids can pan for gold)