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1. Posted by niallo (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

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Hi there,

I'm going to San Francisco in August and will be flying home from LAX. I plan to rent a car in SF and drive route 1 down the coast. My first overnight stay will be in Monterey but I was wondering if anyone knows of any nice (preferably cheap!) places/towns to stay between Monterey and LA?

Also, apart from the amazing scenery to stop off and admire on that drive, are there any other places that would be worth a look? Hearst Castle maybe? And is 2 days enough to get from Monterey to LA?

Thanks a lot.

2. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 9y

Two days is more than sufficient from Monterey to LA, unless you like to linger. Note that you are traveling in peak tourist season (August) so the hotel rates will be higher than off-season.

Consider using some travel search engines like Travelocity, Expedia or Orbitz to shop rates.

Recommended sites: Since you will be in Monterey, do take in the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walk around Cannery Row. Pacific Grove and Carmel are nice as well.

Further south is San Simeon and Hearst Castle, if you are a first timer take the overview tour. This is a jewel.

Not so well known to visitors, and one of the best kept secrets in the area is Montana de Oro state park near Morro Bay. You will access stunning undeveloped coastline and get a look at how the California coastline looked over a century ago.

There are excellent dining options in San Luis Obispo. Thursday evening is the local farmer's market downtown, not to be missed if your timing is right.

Sounds like a great trip. Have fun!

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 4, 2007, at 4:11 PM by Ham Radio ]

3. Posted by niallo (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Thanks Ham, that's great info... especially about the Montana de Oro state park. I'll definitely take a look. Flying out from LA on a Wednesday so I'm afraid I'll miss the farmers market though! Next time ;)

Also, since I mentioned Monterey, somebody told me that you can go whale watching off the coast there. Any ideas what the likelihood is of seeing a whale around there in mid/late August??

Thanks

4. Posted by catchout (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi,
you will find a lot of places along the beach on freeway 1. There are wondurful beaches beside the freeway.

5. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 9y

Quoting niallo

Thanks Ham, that's great info... especially about the Montana de Oro state park. I'll definitely take a look. Flying out from LA on a Wednesday so I'm afraid I'll miss the farmers market though! Next time ;)

Also, since I mentioned Monterey, somebody told me that you can go whale watching off the coast there. Any ideas what the likelihood is of seeing a whale around there in mid/late August??

Thanks


Humpbacks and blue whales migrate May through mid-December.
There are several Monterey charter boat firms that you can purchase a ticket for a 3 hour trip. Google search Monterey whale watching and compare the firms listed for your best deal.

Welcome to California.

6. Posted by PhaseKing (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi its my first time using "TravellersPoint", Looks really helpfull.
I am looking for some advice please.
I am planning of driving from San Fran to LA in April next year.
Can anyone reccomend stops/hotels & how much time I would need to do this?
All advice would be greatly appreciated.

:):)

7. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

Hi Phaseking,

Depending on what route you take the drive may be anywhere from 6, (inland route), to 8 hours, (coastal route). I'm assuming you would prefer the scenic, coastal route. Lodging in Big Sur can be quite expensive, henceforth the option of camping. Cambria, just south of Big Sur is a great option. The village is near San Simeon where Hearst Castle is located. If money is no object I would recommend the Cambria Pines Lodge http://www.cambriapineslodge.com/. Even if you don't stay there I would go just for a bite to eat and to stroll the gardens. They also have live music on weekends.

If you are on a budget I would recommend staying at the Bluebird Inn where summer rates are a steal at only $60-$80 nightly. http://bluebirdmotel.com/index.html

For a more comprehensive listing of both campgrounds, B&B's and hotels along this route I suggest checking out the website
http://www.cambriasbest.com/lodging/

Happy Travels!

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

(naillo...funny how being on holiday is SO much better that actually working/living in the same place...)

8. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

OOPS...meant to post this site for camping/lodging all along the coast, (as Pismo Beach is also a great place to stop). Just click on Central CA once in the site.
http://www.totalescape.com/active/campstuff/campcoast.html