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From Italy to SF and then drive to LA - ok in February?

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1. Posted by leiter (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

I am Italian and I am planning to spend about a week in the US in February next year with the idea of spending a couple of days in San Francisco and then drive down to LA via PCH. I was wondering if the weather will be nice in San Francisco at that time of the year. I found many interesting suggestions by looking at the threads in this forum, but any ideas of where I could stop on the way to LA would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

The weather should be OK in Feb. Never really gets cold from SF south. You will certainly want to go through Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, stop in San Simeon for the Hearst castle and perhaps stay overnight in Cambria or Morro Bay. My friends stay in Cambria and love the area. Try here for a sampling of what is available. Good Luck with your US adventure.

3. Posted by leiter (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Thank you for the great recommendations. I certainly look forward to all these beautiful places.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 9y

There is also a Moonstone Restaurant right on the beach in Cambria. It's better to go in the summer, but the views are still just as good in the wintertime. In addition to the places listed, also consider going through Solvang (an old Danish town just north of Santa Barbara), and to Santa Barbara itself. Both are interesting places to stop. In Santa Barbara, visit the mission to get an idea of what California used to be like in the 1700s (just Spanish priests and native American Indians).


5. Posted by leiter (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Thank you!

6. Posted by Siobh (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

San Luis Obispo is beautiful also, there are some wonderful beaches deserted save for locals. We drove SF to LA in two days with a day in Santa Barbara. Santa Cruz is great too, really similar to Santa Barbara I think just a bit nicer because it's smaller (all my opinion!!)

Enjoy it :)

7. Posted by kathidi (Budding Member 51 posts) 9y

Cambria and Monterrey are wonderful. If you want to get further south before stopping, consider Pismo Beach. It's a California beach town in a 1950's time warp. Smaller, cheaper. The Dolphin Cove is right on the beach, walk to everything and has rooms from $85.00 per night. Not the Ritz but decent! (James Dean frequented the downstairs suite and played bongos on the beach!) We like the Kon Tiki. It's a bit higher in price but really nice with an excellent breakfast. Every room has an ocean view. Pismo Beach has GREAT food at good prices! Famous for clam chowder.