Hi, I just joined, and Im looking for some advice. Im a US Marine currently deployed in Iraq,and am planning a trip with my dad when i get back. The idea is to drive from Camp Lejuene, NC, all the way to the coast. We've thought about driving the pacific coast highway, but are up for anything once we get to california. Any ideas or advice on what we should visit or see? What can we expect weather wise along the coast in early-late november? Im only getting about two weeks leave, so time is a factor. Is there anything worth seeing off the interstate on the way there?
Let's hope some of our California members can help with this, but the coast is really nice. Weather in Nov may be better in south, but scenery is fabulous in the north. Hang in there! - Rebecca
Hey - first, thanks for your commitment and good work in Iraq
Second, I'm originally from NC... and you may (or may not) know that I-40 will get you all the way from NC to California! Just take Highway 53 southwest from Jacksonville, cross the Cape Fear River and take a right onto I-40.
The problem, of course, is that NC is so beautiful and that's such a great drive with so much to see and do on the way through, that you might not even make it to California!
Whatever - have a great time!
(travel helper for NC...)
Wow...there is so much to see. It really depends on you and what you like. It would take me hours to describe all of the possible places, so I will just mention some names. Look them up in Google.
One poassiblity is go via route 40 and through Las Vegas. On the way, stop at the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Then into LA and up to Northern california and back home via route 80 and through the Rockies.
In California, the drive up the coastal highway is very pretty. On the way, you can stop in several places including The Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Also you can see Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz and naturally San Francisco.
There are many, many other things that you can see along the way. (Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, etc, etc) But I think that in two weeks, you wont have alot of time for side trips.
If you ahve specific questions about any of these places, let me know.
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
thanks for the suggestion about I-80 for a route back. With less than three weeks total its going to be hard to fit everything in, but can someone tell me what kind of weather to expect along I-70 throught Utah and Colorado?
I think that your best hope is to watch www.Weather.com . Search for some the city you are interested in and you will see the weather. The weather is variable. I was once in a nasty thunderstorm just at the summit (the great divide) that was so bad, we could not see out the front window of the car.
You should have a great trip and see lots of places. In California the 3 most beautiful places (in my opinion) are Yosemite National Park. This is located in the Central part of the state east of Hwy. 99. The huge glacier mountains are breathtaking. It's beautiful anytime of the year...however, traveling will be a little more difficult if the snow has started.
Lake Tahoe (also in the Sierra Nevada) and further north than Yosemite is a beautiful lake in the Sierra mountains. It's on the California/Nevada border and there are lots of things to do: hiking, skiing, watersports, gambling casinos, fishing.
Carmel and Monterey on California's Central Coast is also spectacular.
I don't know if you are interested in wine tasting at all, but California is known for its wonderful wineries. There are wineries throughout California....not just Napa Valley. There are fabulous wineries in San Diego, Temecula, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Livermore, Lodi, the Sierra Foothills, Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino.
Have a wonderful trip.
Forehow, I totally agree with you on the 3 most beautiful places. But in 2 weeks, including driving from coast to coast, I think that it will be a challenge to really see much of that. How would you rank them in terms of priority? Mine would be:
Carmel / Monterey
I know it is tough, but if I had time only to see one, I guess for me it would be Tahoe