Hi my name is laura i am 21 and i fly to san fran on the 5th of sep with my boyfriend and stay overnight, the following day i would like to travel the pacific coast highway route down to la with your help.
i plan on hiring a car pick up from san fran drop off la my boyfriend off 25 would be the driver, can anyone please recommend a cheap car rental and does anyone know what price i would pay to rent it for 8 days and maybe how much i would pay in petrol for this trip?
i have 7 days in total so as well as this route i would like to also stay in yosemite national park what are peoples thought on this, is it enough time to do both? would i go there first before starting the route? does anyone know how long it would take me to get to yosemite park from san fran and the route i would take for this?
also where would i find a map that highlights the PCH route that i could follow and any reccommendations of where to stop off would be very much apprecaited as i am not sure exactly what areas i would be traveling through.
if theres is anything else people would like to add to this feel free to do so.
Many thanks laura x
What a waste, going to SF, and immediately leaving for LA! Why not stay a few days, and enjoy the best city in the USA? Google Maps works very well + the library has all sorts of info on California these days.
we are going to stay for 2days in san fran and then travel down to LA as we fly out to las vegas on the 14th only wanting to spend a day or two in LA. what i am asking is suggestions of places to stay on the pch route such as santa cruz, monterey ? would these be good places to stay for someone my age ?
Yes, Santa Cruz is a very young crowd due to the college, UCSC, and a surfing mecca as well (my nephew lives there). Monterey Peninsula (Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel) is probably the most beautiful area on the coast - Pebble Beach and other golf courses are world famous. Monterey Aquarium is the finest of it's type in the world. If you go in August you would be able to see the Garlic Festival in Gilroy nearby, and the whole area and Salinas are highly agricultural (the lettuce capital of N. America). Just south of Carmel is Point Lobos State Park - a world famous marine reserve. Big Sur is just south of the park - awesome views over the Pacific, and Highway #1 is probably the most picturesque highway in the world. I suggest you do not rush through!
Further down Highway #1 is Hearst Castle - where the movie stars of yesteryear played - America's only real castle - now another state park.
My suggestion is that you do not attempt travel in this area on a weekend - especially around Monterey Peninsula (the road is narrow and traffic can be overwhelming).
Really the best of California is SF and the Coast - don't forget the areas north of SF - the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas are equally beautiful (not quite as crowded either).