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Traveling California for 2 weeks in August

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1. Posted by patjk (Budding Member 35 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

My gf and I (I'm 22) are going to travel Calif. for 2 weeks. We are both under 25, so renting a car is out of the question pretty much. We have a flight into San Diego on Aug. 2 and out of San Fran. on August 16th. Anything in between is up in the air. We want to see some of LA, but other than that, any suggestions would be helpful.

What are some good hostels and/or hotels to stay at in San Diego, LA, and San Fran? We've both traveled Europe quite a bit and enjoyed the hostel experience there. Is it a similar experience in the US?

We were thinking of bus'ing in between cities since we won't have a car (if anyone is doing a similar trip and can rent a car much cheaper because they are over 25, we'd be interested in traveling with and would pitch for costs). Is taking a bus like this practical?

Any suggestions on where to go, where to stay, how to travel, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Or if anyone plans on doing a similar trip and wants to travel with us to save on a car, etc. please let us know.


2. Posted by ajf83 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Stop in Newport Beach for a night or two, and dont spend too long in LA. Stop in Santa Barbara, and The Green Tortoise hostel in San Fran is a great party hostel

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

Actually, there are two ways to get around this under age 25 problem:

(1) If you don't mind renting from Hertz (that is, if their rates are reasonable) and if you are picking up your car before September 30th, then go to the following website and use the code provided:

The code is PC# 144314 and they will waive the extra charge for you being under 25.

(2) Option 2 (which others who are coming after Septermber 30 should use or if you think Hertz's rates are too high) is to go to Costco and buy an executive membership for $100. You can then rent on Budget Rent-A-Car and they will waive the $25 per day extra charge--plus they will take an additional 10% off the total rental car cost.

You really need to drive around California. Taking public transportation only makes sense in San Francisco--and while its a beautiful city, you really need to see the other great spots in California

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jun-2011, at 11:44 by Calcruzer ]

4. Posted by patjk (Budding Member 35 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the suggestions!

Calcruzer: Awesome. I looked into it. $264/week is very reasonable, but then they charge "Airport Concession Fee Recovery On Flight Arrivals" of 83.05 USD and others. If I chose a location other than the airport, perhaps I could avoid this fee. Have any suggestions? Ideally we want to rent on the 2nd and return on the 16th of August. With all the fees, the total is $928 (it will take away $211 upon rental based off that coupon, according to the site).

Know of any other car rental places that will waive the under 25 fee?


5. Posted by rwood8 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I don't know much about renting cars, but if you have one, head to the Point Reyes Hostel just outside of San Francisco at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Other places in the bay area worth visiting are the towns of Point Reyes Station, Bodega & Bodega Bay, Calistoga (wine country and hot springs), further south Santa Cruz and Capitola.

FYI... The California coast will be foggy in July and August, bring a sweater.