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1. Posted by sootylfc (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi all i am doing a little road trip to America next year in June

Flying into San Francisco for 4 nights on the 3rd June then onto LA for 4 Nights

then LA to San Diego for 2 nights then finally onto Las Vegas for 5 nights

We are driving the whole distance.

Only things set in stone so far is our hotel in Vegas.

We may be thinking of splitting the journey up on the way to LA so stopping on the way for
a night. ( Anyone suggest anything here)

Any advice would be great



[ Edit: Edited on Jan 5, 2009, at 1:11 PM by sootylfc ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Definitely split up the drive to LA: go via the pacific coast highway (highway 1) for gorgeous coastal scenery. Several towns on the way are worth stopping over (Santa Cruz is my personal favorite), and especially the coastline around Big Sur totally deserves lingering around for. There's not much accommodation between Monterey and San Luis Obispo (and what is there is really expensive), so you'll probably want to overnight in one of those two places.
LA itself on the other hand is a totally ugly and boring place. You can see all the sights in a day, two max if you visit one of the movie studios (I personally didn't bother). I'd spend the other days in San Francisco or on the drive over. Better yet, cut LA completely and go see Yosemite National Park instead. :)

3. Posted by sootylfc (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the reply sander

just debating now whether not to book anything and just drive and go where we fancy

4. Posted by Chad_E (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As a Californian, I'd be happy to help with any questions. LA is a good time, and since it sounds like you're renting a car, why not do the most touristy thing of all. Get a map to the stars house and drive around. Go to Universal Studies, see Jaws, again touristy but a good time. In the summer, rent a convertable, you won't regret it. It gets HOT. I mean like living on the sun hot. Although SF will be nice. And if you're planning on taking a trip to Yosemite.. an excellent suggestion BTW, there's an old ghost town that is not to be missed, and it's near Yosemite. It's one of the undiscovered places, it's called Bodie State Park. Here is a link: Again, if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them


5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I suggest stopping (going from SF to LA) first near Monterey/Carmel/Santa Cruz, then if you plan to do a winery tour either in Paso Robles or Morro Bay or farther south near Solvang/Los Olivos/Buellton. Solvang is probably the most popular stop (because it is an old Danish town with windmills and everything--including an ostrich farm and horse ranches for racing horses), but Paso Robles is becoming more of a winery experience as time goes on. Probably for someone coming for the first time, I'd say stay at the southernmost area (near Solvang/Los Olivos/Buellton) so that you have a shorter drive on to LA.


P.S. For people who don't want to make the long drive to Yosemite (or who don't have the time to do so), there are redwoods and redwood parks just north of Santa Cruz--and also just south of Carmel. In particular, I think Big Basin State Park north of Santa Cruz is one of the best--and saves you about 150-200 miles of driving.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Here's a link to some pictures of Big Basin Redwood park.

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


We are going to SF this sept and are planning to drive down to LA and back again in 16 days. We will ba staying in SF for three nights and then taking the PCH down. Obviously we will try to come back a different route and would love to get in Yosemite. I am a little worried about accomadation as we don't plan on booking in advance - do you think this is a problem? I have never been to California so would really appreciate any advice for this trip!!
Thanks very much x

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

There are lots of places to stay in Fresno, just a ways south of Yosemite. Staying in Sonora is a bit nicer, but those places tend to get booked, so call and book ahead if you decide to go there.