I will be travelling Seattle to San Diego Jan 15th - April 2nd. I am staying with friends in Seattle & Portland and then using the Amtrack for the rest of my journey. I have offers of places to stay with friends in Redding and Santa Barbara. I want to see the main cities as well as any places on route that might be interesting.
Please can people give ideas of how long to stay in different cities & towns and some idea of travel times?
Also how easy is it to get to Las Vegas (and other areas further out) via public transport (eg Grayhound)?
thanks for any help!!
My family lives in seattle and I have relatives in Santa barbara. We drive the coast every year!!! My fist suggestion would be to NOT take I-5 down through California. You end up with a lot of dry hills...it takes longer but I would recommend going down through the coastline. Then you have the opportunity for the view. If you are driving down (and your a fan of the wilderness) stop by Yosemite nataional park (the one with the really big redwood trees!) If you are more interested in the other national parks down the coastline, I have other suggestions too (Yosemite's the best one IMO.)
I love Seattle and Portland. In Seattle, the Science Fiction Museum and Experience Music Project are a great day! Housed in the same building and with a joint/shared admission fee. I'm sure your friends will take you to Pike's Market. In Portland, downtown and the riverfront and Powells -- an amazing bookstore. Coffee in both places at the local roasters/brewhouses -- not Starbucks which you can get anywhere.
Not sure where the train stops are... obviously San Francisco is a great place, though probably cold and foggy when you're visiting.
Have a great trip!