I'm arriving in LA in late May'05 and want to spend arond 4 weeks travelling up to Vancouver. Trouble is money is tight and probably wont be able to afford a hire car. Can anyone recommend a cheap way of doing this. I was looking at greyhounding from LA-Vegas-San Francisco-Seattle-Vancouver. I know this misses out quite a few of the smaller places but i can't think how else to do it. Any info on what to see/do, places to stay etc would be wonderful. Remember, cheap is good!
Oh also, what sort of budget do you think i should be planning on?
It will probably be more expensive than the bus, but you could take the train:
Train travel is great because it allows you to see actual nature as well as the more built up areas. You can get yourself a rail pass and have lots of hop on and hop off side trips.
I haven't specifically done this trip, but I have heard the scenery is awesome!
Sorry, link doesn't seem to be working very well.
Go to http://www.amtrak.com/
Click on ROUTES
Scroll down and click on COAST STARLIGHT under the ROUTE TABLE heading.
Use Craigslist ride share:
I agree with the train. Its a great trip. I did it once from seattle to san diego (with a couple days in san fransisco) and it was so nice. Very scenic. I'm not sure on the cost (i got it free with frequent flyer miles) but it's something i would highly consider.
I am not sure how much u want to spend on transportation. Another good one is to buy a "beater" car. A simple A to B. U can buy one pretty cheap. Greyhound is a good option though. Take the HWY 101 route. It's longer than the express route, but get see the small college towns and beautiful cali sunset.