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backpacking and highlights of west coast US

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1. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

hi!! trying to do some research for my rtw trip-main place i want to go to is san fransisco but maybe a few more places along the california state? planning to head from sf down towards mexico.Any ideas on good places to stop by and cheap places to stay?

Thanks

Grace

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

If you can try and ride down the coast on route 1 (between Monterary and just North of LA). It's an beautiful ride (a little scary but really awesome scenery). Also try and stop at the Hearst Castle in San Simeone).

San Diego is also a great place.

Also try and check out Sequoia National Park with the huge trees.

http://www.visitsequoia.com/

3. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 11y

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4. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Grace,

Where are you going in cali along the coast? There is a cool dessert near san bernadino called Joshua Tree National Park and you can climb on these massive boulders the size of your house, and just gorgeous blooming cactuses, and a miscellany of harmless dessert reptiles. You need to drive passed all the wind power, and then you just turn in somewhere, and hike into the sand. It is deffinately a highlight.

Peace,
Steph

5. Posted by nomadrick (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Monterey Bay Aquarium is a definite must.

San Diego is good all year around, but we tend to have clouds on the coast in June, better known as June Gloom. If you are looking to lay on the beach, might stay a bit north until July.

Rick
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6. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

it seems like driving is a great way to get around-problem is that i can't drive-bit of an inconvenience-how efficient is the greyhound bus? do people generally know the costs? im thinking of heading to san fransico-LA-san diego down to mexico-only planning to be in the states for a month so maybe thats too much for such a short time?

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Grink,

Bus is not bad--though you won't be in the good parts of town that way. Cheap airfares can be had on Southwest if you book early. ($39 or so from spots in the north of the state to spots in the south--but then you miss a lot of the scenery.

Another possibility is the train--it runs right along the coast in many spots--don't know the cost, though--it might not be cheap.

One thing I can suggest is that you take the red trolley from San Diego to the Mexico border. Distance is around 30 miles, but it's very efficient, cheap and gets you right to the cross-over point. Be aware in Tijuana, though. While the town is very cleaned up compared to past times, it's still a traveler beware situation.

Enjoy.