USA West Coast Family Road Trip

Welcome to our series of posts covering our road trip on the west coast of the USA.

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USA West Coast Fly-Drive Series

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  • Why you should do a family road trip

    A family road trip is a great way for your kids to see a bit more of the world. Though it's not always easy... Read more >

  • Booking a Fly-Drive Holiday

    Tips on booking a Fly-Drive family holiday. Read more >

  • Our Route

    The route and itinary for our family road trip in the USA. Read more >

  • Airport Hacks

    Airport hotels, airport parking, and flight delays. Read more >

  • Vegas, Desert, and Mountains

    Our first few days saw us acclimatise in Las Vegas, before heading out through the desert and Death Valley, before eventually reaching the Sierra Nevada mountains. Read more >

  • Mammoth Lakes

    We step out of our hotel and are taken by the magnificent beauty of the Sierra Mountains. Read more >

  • Tioga Pass

    The views over the Sierras could have been taken straight out of a copy of National Geographic Read more >

  • The Giant Redwoods

    These trees are immense. You feel as if you have shrunk when walking among them! Read more >

  • Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite is beautiful. Stunningly beautiful. Read more >

  • Welcome to San Francisco

    Arriving in San Francisco was.... interesting Read more >

  • Alcatraz

    A visit to 'The Rock' is a must when visiting San Francisco Read more >

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Exploring San Francisco

There are lots of things to see in San Francisco, from China Town to Fishermans Wharf. Here are some of the sights we took in.


Alcatraz is a must-see place if you are visiting San Francisco. If the weather is good, you'll also get some great views of the Bay and the city.

Welcome to San Francisco

San Francisco was our next stop, and what a shock compared to the beauty of Yosemite!

Staying in the breathtaking Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley is one of our all-time favourite places to stay. Discover why...

The Giant Redwoods of California

You can't visit this region without seeing the Giant Redwoods. These trees are absolutely immense.

The Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows

The Tioga Pass, in the Yosemite National Park, is one of the most scenic drives you'll ever take.

Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Mono Lake

Our USA Road Trip eventually got us to the eastern Sierra mountains: time for a bit of exploring!

Desert and Mountains – A Family Trip through the Heat

This trip took us through some of the hottest desert in the world and then up into the Sierra mountains.

Heathrow Hacks: Flight Delays, Airport Parking, and Hotels

If you are taking the kids on a long haul flight from Heathrow airport, you may find some of these tips useful.

West Coast USA Family Roadtrip Route

Planning a USA fly drive road trip with the family? Have a read of the route we took for an absolutely fantastic trip that takes in a lot of the West Coast.

How to book a Family Fly Drive holiday to the USA

Wanting to book a fly drive holiday for your family? We look at different options and reveal the one one we chose for a fantastic trip in the USA.

Why you should do a family road trip – at least once

It's good to broaden your kids' horizons. We certainly did with this USA Family Road Trip. With a bit of saving, this is something you could do too.

Get Out With The Kids
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