I am planning a trip from LA to the Grand Canyon, North Rim for one night then on to Escalante to explore for 4 nights - end of June with a 12 year old. I'm not sure which choices we will make in terms of day trips while in Escalante yet. Am thinking of upper or lower Calf Creek, Bryce Canyon, Escalante river hike, a slot canyon and Boulder.
Then we travel west to meet family near Badger, CA for another 4 nights. I am unsure what route to take to get there. Whether to go the northern route through Yosemite or the southern route back through Las Vegas. On Google Maps it looks like it will take 12 to 14 hours depending on the route. We will do this over two days.
I am looking for advice on where to stay going across - one night - and which route would be better/more interesting. We would like to do a short hike/adventure the first day, time permitting. We can leave very early and want to make the most of the trip.
Your advice is much appreciated.