Im planning on driving from Santa Rosa in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas to LA and then to San Francisco and back to Santa Rosa in just under two weeks. Thats a lot of driving put we're plannig on going striaght through El Paso and Arizona without stopping too much and getting to LA within two days. Maybe chill out there for a bit as LA doesnt hold much attraction for me. Then we're off up the scenic route to San Francisco for more time and then all the way back to texas.
Can anyone suggest any good places to see on the route we're taking, any comments
Not sure which roads you are planning to take, interior or coastal, but try to take Highway 1 as far as you can/want to take it. It is a longer trip, but an absolutely gorgeous drive nearly the entire time. This highway weaves right along the coast. Try to take a stop in San Diego, check out Pacific or Ocean Beach, the Star of India, etc. Check out Monterrey, take the 17 mile drive through one of the most beautiful neighborhoods I have ever seen. Check out Point Reyes just before you get into San Francisco. Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Lombard Street, Alcatraz, I'm sure you know all of the San Fran attractions. Go to the interior on your way back and check out national parks like Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Sequoia, etc.
If you can get to San Diego, GREAT, but if not- spend at least a day in LA. I live in LA, and its really beautiful right now and there are some fun beach towns that are worth checking out- Venice, Santa Monica area. Main street in Santa Monica has a great strip of bars and things to do, and its right near the ocean. There is also good hiking over there in the Santa Monica Mountains if you are into that. If you take the 1 PCH highway up from there on your way to San Fran, you will go through Malibu which is gorgeous, and then make your way up to Santa Barbara, Carmel, and Big Sure which are also very nice. Have fun!
definitely check out yosemite and even death valley in california.
you might try taking some non interstate roads through southern nevada and utah or go see the grand canyon in arizona if you haven't already. roswell new mexico is worth a stop if you like campy alien stuff. you could also go through tombstone arizona to see an annimatronic reenactment of the battle at the O.K. corral.
oh, the VLA (very large array), is an orchard of hughmungus radio sattelite dishes in new mexico off highway 60 and it's stunning.
have lots of fun!