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Tips for Aussie in California for 3-4 Weeks

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1. Posted by alextravel (Full Member 75 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey peeps,

wow am i excited. Have just scored my ticket to Coachella music festival in April.......thats right! Rage Against the Machine!

So, I have about 3-4 weeks off work to go to Coachella and see some more of California. I was thinking the following would be cool;
LA for a few days
San Fran is a must
the Highway 101 drive, so see some of Big Sur and maybe Monterray
then head south and go to San Diego and maybe into Tijuana.
and Las Vegas (which is Nevada not Cali, i know)

So, are there any other places people can suggest that are a must see that are somewhere close (less then 3-4 hours drive) from the places mentioned above.

I would love to see some mountains but am not sure about where and how far........

any suggestions people? or does anyone know any other musice festivals in late april early may.



2. Posted by bigbaddp (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Alex, I just got back from San Diego and had a few suggestions. If you're looking for a more relaxed place to stay right by the beach Ocean Beach in San Diego is a good place. There's an International Hostel right on the main street as well.

Also, Tiajuana is pretty grimy and wouldn't be high on my list of things to do. Hope this was helpful.


3. Posted by rockstar33 (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you are going to San Francisco I would recommend taking 101 up to Humboldt County. It is about 3 hours north of the bay area and really worth checking out...amazing drive through the Redwood forests. I'm not sure if there will be any music festivals at that time but I can look into it for you if you would like. Too bad you won't be around in early August for "Reggae on the River" If you are familiar with Byron Bay, (Humboldt County)Garberville and Arcata are similiar to that, just to give you an overview of the area. If you want to check out the mountains I would suggest the California/Oregon border...again amazing drive and 2 mountains you can ski or board on if you are into that (Mt. Shasta/Mt. Ashland). Hope this helps you out let me know if you have any more questions..good luck and have fun!!

4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would also recommend taking a trip to Yosemite Valley and spend a few days hiking around. It is an incredible place and worth a look. Also I would check out Hearst Castle in San Luis Obisbo if that is your type of thing.

5. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Plan on hot weather in Coachella Valley during your visit. Dress for it.

6. Posted by superdupersuki (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Congrats on tickets to Coachella! ;) Went last year - it's FUN! Can't go this year due to schedule conflicts, but 3-4 weeks is more than enough to run all over the place.

Are you going to LA first then all the way up to SF? and then back down again? You can get some good plane ticket deals to Vegas paired up with hotels too. Just a suggestion - a little quicker than driving there.

7. Posted by chel (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i'm in breckenridge Colorado at moment and am looking at going to cocachella! i'm an aussie so if you want to come and pikc me up and give me a ride let me know! i need to get there somehow and am on limited budget

8. Posted by coot97 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Tijuana uggghhhh...go 1/2 farther south and you will hit rosarita much nicer than TJ. if you go about 15 minutes more you hit ensensda which is even nicer. all border towns with gingos all over partying.

you'll be driving through wine country on the way up to SF so i would stop and so a wine tasting at the numerous vineyards.

have fun

9. Posted by therook (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello, I agree with the statement on it being hot at coachella. I attended two years ago and was baked out of my sleeping bag at about 8 am! And, drink lots of water outside of the festival, because once you go in, you have to stay there, and cannot bring anything with you.

If you're into hiking or beaches, the north coast of California is beautiful: Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwood National Park. That's in Humboldt County. For a less secluded area, try Santa Cruz, but the Boardwalk and such are over touristy. 101 is a longer but definitely worthwhile drive!

Have fun!

10. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would definately budget about 3 or so days and go to Yosemite National park. You will not be dissapointed. Its cheap to stay there if you camp otherwise accomaditions in the park itself can get pricey.