Hi there - I am a Brit and we are also planning to do the "san fran to vegas run" in May this year. We have obtained many car hire quotes which seem pretty reasonable at about £140 for a weeks hire (I've had quotes from Hertz, Alamo etc .. all the big car hire companies). Anyway, I'm a little concerned as I've heard that when driving in the states that you need to take out additional insurance as the insurance the hire companies give you doesn't cover you comprehensively enough - is that correct? Can anyone tell me of any good companies I can hire a car through which will ensure I'm covered covered covered.
The distance is 375 statute miles, or 603.5 kilometers. The speed route is via Interstate 5, about 7 hours from SF to LA at California speed limits. You will see nothing but farmland on this route.
Coastal route is more scenic. US 101 with side excursions on California 1 is very easy. Recommended is Monterey Bay Aquarium, or sightsee Morro Bay, or Pismo Beach Pier along the Central Coast. Santa Barbara is also lovely.
Last year I drove from LA to SF and i took the PCH or the pacific coast highway, considered by many to be one of the most scenic highways in the world. you can do it in 1-4 days depending on what you want to do, but i recommend checking out the hotsprings at esalon institute if you can, they have a day pass i think...
I am planning a short drive from SF to LA leaving SF on Sunday 3/4pm and need to be in LA Tuesday noon(ish). BAsed on what I have read above, I was thinking of staying the sunday night in Santa Cruz, and monday night in Santa Barbara. So here are my few questions:
1: are these the best places to stop considering my time constrsaints. if not, let me know what you think is better. Should I push further on Sunday evening to reduce srive time on Monday?
2: any thoughts on hotels/good restaurants in those towns?
3: any KEY things I need to spend time at on the way?
4: Ill be doing this trip end of july, so is a convertible really more fun?
5: any other ideas ;-)
Thanks for your help.