Friday, August 25, 2017

Road Trip: Our 11-day Itinerary for a California-Nevada-Arizona-California Adventure

I never thought that we would actually take the plunge. It felt too complicated when it was conceived. But when we did it, we realized it was a whole lot of fun. We also felt that it was the cheapest option that we've got, given the fact that were 5 adults with two kids in tow. We filled up our rented car with luggages and a whole gamut of food and drinks at 3 a.m. It was the start of a journey that we'll never forget. And would probably play in our heads, more than a thousand times over.

So how do you do an 11-day road trip with the kids? We realized with careful planning it can be done.

There were 3 very crucial things for this trip. 

1. Itinerary
You have to decide on the places you want to visit, then build all plans and logistics around it.
This is our itinerary for our 11-day California-Nevada-Arizona-California Road Trip

Day 1: Suisun to Las Vegas (Hoover Dam)

 Day 2: Las Vegas Strip 

Day 3: Grand Canyon (Arizona side)

Day 4: San Diego Flower Farm

Day 5: USS Midway and SeaWorld

Day 6: San Diego Safari and Legoland

Day 7: Knotsberry Farm

Day 8: Disneyland

Day 9: Universal Studios

Day 10: Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Hollywood

Day 11: LA to Suisun

2. Mode of transportation
You have to know how to go around.  We rented a car. It was my sister-in-law who arranged it for us. It's good for seven people. Since we have a four year old at that time, we needed a car seat. We borrowed this from my sister-in-law's friend. The car was roomy enough for all of us. This is very important. You need a lot of room for comfort since it's an 11-day drive. Make sure to check everything before the start of your trip. We got the car a day ahead of our scheduled trip. This was like the car's break in with us. Also, make sure that your GPS is working fine. This is your key to go from one place to another.

We rented from Enterprise. This is their website -
We picked up our car at their garage in 2101 North Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533.

3. Accommodations
Since we'll be on the road for 11 days, we have to find out our pit stops along the way.  We estimated where we'll be at certain points of the day.  This way, we were able to plot out where we'll be resting at day's end. And we booked well in advance.

Las Vegas, Nevada (Day 1-3)
Bluegreen Vacations Club 36
372 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169

San Diego, California (Day 4-6)
Howard Johnson Inn
1631 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108 US 

Anaheim, California (Day 7)
Travelodge Anaheim Convention Center
2060 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

Anaheim, California (Day 8)
Ramada Anaheim Convention Center
Los Angeles, California (Day 9-10)
Travelodge Burbank
1112 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

It just needs a lot of prep work but it can be done.  The three things I've mentioned were the most important.  If you know where you want to go, and you plan well ahead, chances are, you'll have the most memorable adventure.  Happy trip!

P.S. All photos are owned my the author and her husband.  Please seek permission before use.

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