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    Hi

    We are 3 girls who are busy working in Aspen from South Africa and want to do the road trip from San Diego to San Francisco...
    We want to be fairly chilled about time and how long we stay in each place. We were guessing it should take us around 10 days to do the trip. We want to camp and stay in cheap places along the road, visit the major land marks and have fun on the beach
    What hints can u give us about an estimated cost of such a trip and any places u feel are 100% necessary to see?
    I see in these discussions that this might be going the "wrong way"... do u agree? We might be flexible about the direction in which we travel...

    Thanks so much!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debpienaar View Post
    We are 3 girls who are busy working in Aspen from South Africa and want to do the road trip from San Diego to San Francisco...
    Welcome to the Great America RoadTrip Forum! How are you traveling from Aspen to San Diego?
    We want to be fairly chilled about time and how long we stay in each place. We were guessing it should take us around 10 days to do the trip. We want to camp and stay in cheap places along the road, visit the major land marks and have fun on the beach
    It can be driven (San Diego to San Francisco) in two very long days and so ten days will give you a great pace for seeking fun places to hang.
    What hints can u give us about an estimated cost of such a trip and any places u feel are 100% necessary to see?
    It depends upon how you are traveling. Are you renting a car or? But in rough terms, if you are diligent with your budget, camp 5-7 nights, keep partying to a reasonable rate you could expect to do this trip for a total budget of USD $2100 to USD $2750 (or somewhere in the neighborhood of USD $700 per person).
    I see in these discussions that this might be going the "wrong way"... do u agree?
    Thanks for taking the time to read some of the existing posts. I have driven it both ways many times. And, while it is true that it is easier to pull-off into some of the viewpoints when going south, you will have enough days that I really don't think this will be much of an issue.

    Mark

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    Hello debpienaar --
    Quote Originally Posted by debpienaar View Post
    [ ... ] We are 3 girls who are busy working in Aspen from South Africa and want to do the road trip from San Diego to San Francisco... ... We were guessing it should take us around 10 days to do the trip. We want to camp and stay in cheap places along the road, visit the major land marks and have fun on the beach
    What hints can u give us about an estimated cost of such a trip and any places u feel are 100% necessary to see?...
    Hmm.. starting in San Diego --
    - Gaslight district in San Diego
    - San Diego Zoo (hey, if you're there you've got to see it...)
    - Coronado Hotel (across the bay bridge in SD)
    - La Jolla village (leave your credit cards locked up somewhere.. this is like high-end shopping paradise to rival anywhere..)
    - (inland a ways -- Temecula Wine country -- you'll see several of these listed)
    - (inland a ways -- San Diego Wildlife Park -- totally different than the zoo, but if you're from SA, might not be amazing... part of it is a re-creation of an african savanna).
    - Laguna Beach artists community
    - Newport Beach (the "OC")
    - Surf City (Huntington Beach -- the primary surfing areas goes from La Jolla up through Seal Beach on the south side of LA, and then continues up through Manhattan Beach through Oxnard area, and then up at Santa Cruz).
    - Disneyland (Anaheim)
    - Knotts Berry Farm (Buena Park)
    - Hollywood (usually I recommend Universal Studios, which is combination theme park and working studio lot)
    - Lots of other hings in LA, but lots of people in the city too -- music industry, world class art musuems, La Brea Tar Pits, surfing, mountains, etc. Depends upon what you want to see or do
    - Catlina Island.
    - Snorkling, wind sailing, kite surfing, surfing and LOTS of beaches
    - Malibu
    - Channel islands National Park (have to take a boat over and back from the Oxnard area)
    - Santa Barbara (musuem and city)
    - Jalama Beach (near Lompoc -- a semi-isolated surfing and walking beach along the coast)
    - San Ynez wine country (where they filmed the movie "Sideways")
    - Guadalupe Dunes
    - Cambria/ Morro Bay to San Simeon (beach communities)
    - Hearst Castle
    - (inland a ways -- Paso Robles wine country -- 170 wineries last listing I saw)
    - Elephant Seal Colony at Pedro Blancos
    - Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach)
    - Nepethe (view restaurant in Big Sur)
    - Carmel (17 mile drive)
    - Monterey Bay Cannery Row
    - Montery Bay acquarium
    - Monterey wine country
    - Santa Cruz boardwalk and town
    - San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, cablecars, etc.

    For cheap places to stay, you can't beat camping at the beaches along this route. You'll probably want to get reservations if you have specific places you want to stay though, since these places fill up quickly in the summer. You can get reservations on line. (The campgrounds always hold some places open for drop ins, but they go quickly -- and some are only first-come first serve, like Jalama Beach). There are a number of good, and moderately expensive hotels along this route, particularly if you go a little ways inland -- and a number of hostels although I'm not familiar with any in specific.

    I've left out a lot of other stuff as well, including the usual attractions of Yosemite National Park, Anza Borrego Desert State Park and etc, since they were more than 30 minutes off the main north-south route here.

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    Thanks so much!
    Will be in touch!

    Regards
    Debbie

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