Hi, I was hoping or at this moment in time wishing to hit the west coast of USA in late Jan - early Feb. I was hoping for some tales of other travellers and how they made their way up west on previous experiences. Did yall BUS it, Train or just Flew from stop to stop. I was hoping to see San Fran, LA, Las Vegas, and maybe as far as Seattle and Van Couver. Then I would fly back to San Fran and fly home in just under 3 Weeks. Possible??
Thanks for any input.
3 weeks is a bit tight to cover the entire West coast. You should pin-point the destinations of most interest to you and spend your time more leisurely. Here's a sample of my previous post to a similar inquiry:
Last year I did a mini 12-day trip, departing from LA. This trip was designed with outdoor/nature activies in mind. First stop was Yosemite National Park (4 days/3 nights), where I hiked up Half Dome, floated down the Merced river. Second stop was Napa Valley (America's wine country). Here I spent 3 days wine-tasting and restaurant hopping. The food here is awesome! The next stop was Humboldt County where I camped in the Redwood forest (tallest trees in the world, 2 days). From Humboldt county, I drove south on the Pacific Coast Hwy through Mendocino. This is a very picturesque section of PCH. I spent the night in San Jose and continued my PCH drive the next day through Big Sur. Here's where PCH stradles the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Padres National Forest on the other. This section of PCH is the most breath-taking.
As you can see, my 12-day trip covers only a few of California's famous spots. BTW, you can take the train (Amtrak) from San Diego to SF along the coast (most of the time). In-city travel, you really need a car. Jan and Feb are colder in Oregon and Washington whereas in California you can get by with T-shirts and jeans.
i say you have plenty of time; 5 days in SF, 5 in LA, 4 in LV, 6 for seattle/vancouver -- although i would skip seattle/vancouver due to weather and add more days to SF & LA. i live in sf and have traveled to LA and Seattle so if you got more questions, let me know