I'm planning on visiting the US this August for a few weeks, concentrating on the west. I plan to spend some time in San Francisco but also really want to visit some national parks and some small towns too. It's always been a dream to visit Utah and Arizona too (to see the cool rock formations I studied at school!) but don't know if that's going to be possible. Plus I'm a bit worried about the heat at this time of year (being Irish, 20˚ is a heat wave!)
Of course I'm trying to keep costs down so it would be great to find other people to join me to share travel and accommodation costs. I was planning on travelling around by bus or train and camping/hostels are find too if I'm not alone. I'm really open to suggestions. I haven't booked flights yet and can be a little flexible on dates (from 2nd week in Aug to 2nd week in Sept). It would be nice to find someone/other people to share this trip with (or even part of it).
It would be great to hear from anyone who is interested or from anyone who has done something similiar and has any recommendations.
Shame ur not going a bit earlier because this sounds perfect! Alth hiring a car round the nat. parks might make that part a bit easier and a bit more fun! X
Well if you're looking for parks the Redwood forrest is just south of San Fran and it's quite amazing. Yosemite is also 4 hours away which is a trip but it's not as far as Arizona or anything and it's one of the most beautiful parks in California if not the most beautiful. Heading north or south from San Fran it's going to take you a long while before you see anything pretty. It's about 5 hours to Oregon which is also very pretty as well. If you don't mind renting a car and driving for a bit you could also take the 1, aka Pacific Coast Highway, aka the 101 that runs along the very coast of the united states up into Oregon then go over to Crater Lake which is one of the most beautiful places in the US. There's a lot of beauty you're just going to have to drive for a bit unfortunately.
Pretty much the exact trip im about to do mate!
Im going to be wandering the West Coast with similar transport ideas/priorities etc from 17May- 17July.
When I get back ill drop you a message if I have anything useful to say.
thanks guys for your advice. Just need to find some people to join me now.