Where to stop on drive from SMF to SNA?
May 3, 2011 9:47 AM Subscribe
At the end of June, I'm thinking about driving from Sacramento to Irvine over a few days with my two kids, aged 9 and 11. Where should we stop along the way and where are some good places to stay?
I'd like to take the scenic route, maybe spend a day in San Francisco (not part of the "few days"), visiting Golden Gate Park and Exploratorium. We'll probably skip the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
I'd drive a good chunk of the time along Route 1. I see on Google Maps a number of state parks -- can you recommend any of these as being particularly good? Is Hearst Castle worth visiting? Should we try camping or is there other inexpensive lodging along the way?
Should I try to convince my mom or aunt (who live in the SF bay area) to accompany us to Irvine (and then they would drive of fly back)?
Or should I go it alone? (can I handle it?)
My mom has offered for me to take her car (and I would return it after visiting my dad in Irvine) -- should I do this or rent a car?
Or should I skip this and just fly down? (maybe they'll appreciate it more when they are older)