Hi. We always drive to California from Saskatchewan. It takes 2 days, but we enjoy the drive and the things we see along the way. It also allows us to spend a day in Vegas, which is always fun. Plus, we like having our own car once we get there. While we stay at the HoJo and walk to the park, it allows us the freedom to come and go to other activities according to our own schedule.
My husband is a driving machine and can drive for hours on end. So the driving itself isn't a problem. Plus it only costs around $200-250 for gas for the entire trip, which is much cheaper than airfare and renting a car or paying for additional transportation such as shuttles, etc.