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    Default Planning my California road trip - questions

    Hi guys!
    The forum is great.
    Currently I'm living in Ireland and want to go to the States for 3 weeks.
    I am planning a trip around California, want to hire Mustang GT convertible for 2 weeks ( I checked on the web it's around 800$ )

    here'e the itinerary:
    First I'm staying a couple of days in the San Francisco area, then:

    Day 1 - San Francisco to Morro Bay/Santa Maria - 350km
    Day 2 - Morro Bay/Santa Maria to Santa Monica - 305km
    Day 3 - LA
    Day 4 - LA & San Diego) 150km
    Day 5 - LA - Barstow - Baker (Mojave Dessert) - 245km
    Day 6 - Mojave Dessert - Kingman - 250km (some time for Mojave Dessert)
    Day 7 - Kingman - Grand Canyon - 210km (whole day at GC)
    Day 8 - Grand Canyon - Wiiliams - Kingman - Las Vegas - 360km
    Day 9 - LV - Death Valley - 260km (stops along the Death Valley)
    Day 10 - Death Valley - Yosemite - 370km
    Day 11 - Yosemite - SF - 260km
    and another whole day in SF

    How do you think, is it a reasonable plan?
    Where should I stop and spend some more time (I could add 1-2 additional days for the road)?

    Am I right assuming around 40-50$ per person for a night in motels?

    Regards
    Pablo

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    Default $800 for two weeks -- 'Stang GT?

    Quote Originally Posted by pablo_rico View Post
    Currently I'm living in Ireland and want to go to the States for 3 weeks.I am planning a trip around California, want to hire Mustang GT convertible for 2 weeks
    Wow, you could find a Mustang GT for two weeks for $800? That seems like a very good deal -- are you sure it includes all of the surcharges? Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    Day 1 - San Francisco to Morro Bay/Santa Maria - 350km
    I hope you are planning to drive CA-1 (down the famous Big Sur coastal road and not US-101). This is a very long day -- but beautiful.
    Day 2 - Morro Bay/Santa Maria to Santa Monica - 305km
    Even though the distance is similar to day one -- it will be twice as fast to cover the route.
    Day 3 - LA
    Day 4 - LA & San Diego) 150km
    Be sure to read this excellent post about LA by RoadTrip Advisor Larrison.
    Day 5 - LA - Barstow - Baker (Mojave Dessert) - 245km
    This day doesn't make much sense to me -- if you are headed to Kingman -- there is no need to go to Baker (Baker is over-priced and not a reasonable place to stop for the night.) Barstow makes more sense. Or the most sense would be to stay overnight at Twentynine Palms and see a little of Joshua Tree National Park
    Day 7 - Kingman - Grand Canyon - 210km (whole day at GC)
    Day 8 - Grand Canyon - Wiiliams - Kingman - Las Vegas - 360km
    These days are fine. Here is some information about a side trip along US-66 as you head back to Las Vegas
    Day 9 - LV - Death Valley - 260km (stops along the Death Valley)
    Day 10 - Death Valley - Yosemite - 370km
    I would stay in Mammoth Lakes so you can travel Tioga pass in daylight hours.
    Day 11 - Yosemite - SF - 260km
    and another whole day in SF
    This is fine too.
    Am I right assuming around 40-50$ per person for a night in motels?
    No, $60 to $95 USD is more reasonable.

    Mark

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    Many thanks Mark!
    (Wow, you could find a Mustang GT for two weeks for $800? That seems like a very good deal -- are you sure it includes all of the surcharges? Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!)
    I was too optimistic, I guess...
    Checked that again and now it's 880$ + 150$ collision damage covarage. That is still not too bad, isn't? I think it's worth it.
    Or maybe I'm still wrong, check it out:
    I chose the September dates

    Thanks for your advices, they helped me a lot. here's my updated trip plan:

    Day 1 San Francisco to Big Sur (where to stay overnight?) 250km
    Day 2 Big Sur to Santa Monica 400km
    Day 3 LA 100km
    Day 4 LA & San Diego 200km
    Day 5 San Diego -Anza Borrego Park - Salton Sea- Mecca/Coachella 180km
    Day 6 Mecca/Coachella - Joshua Tree National Park - 29 Palms 150km
    Day 7 29Palms - Mojahe Dessert (is it worth it?) - then roads: 165, 95, 163, 68 - Kingman 335km
    Day 8 Kingman - Grand Canyon 210km
    Day 9 Grand Canyon - Wiiliams - Kingman - Las Vegas 360km
    Day 10 LV - Death Valley 260km
    Day 11 Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes 230km
    Day 12 Mammoth Lakes - Tioga Pass - Yosemite - SF 330km

    And how about doing this trip in Sept/Oct? What's the average temperature. I read there is a chance that Tioga Pass could be closed, is that right?

    Looking for forward for more tips

    Regards
    Pablo
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 07-18-2007 at 08:56 AM. Reason: preferred URL Format

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo_rico View Post
    That is still not too bad, isn't? I think it's worth[ it.
    It is your road trip -- so probably it is. I just ran some comps using our service and although I was not able to confirm it was a Mustang GT -- Hertz is offering a sports car intermediate for about $390 + the usual surcharges for those 11 days

    Thanks for your advices, they helped me a lot. here's my updated trip plan:
    Day 1 San Francisco to Big Sur (where to stay overnight?) 250km
    You won't find any lodging at your price on the Big Sur! But very nice accomodations can be found in Cayucous or Morro Bay.

    Mark

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    I think the Mojave Desert Natl. Preserve is worth a visit. You can hike Kelso Dunes, but it takes time. The drive between Twentynine Palms and Kelso Dunes is desolate, but scenic. You could drive Route 66 between Needles and Kingman. There is also an nice stretch of Route 66 that connects Kingman with Seligman.

    In the southwest deserts, late-September/early-October are hot times of year (100 degree highs); however, the nights do cool off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Editor View Post
    and although I was not able to confirm it was a Mustang GT -- Hertz is offering a sports car intermediate for about $390 + the usual surcharges for those 11 days
    It is a sports car, but not convertible.
    I found Mustang convertible in HERZ for 1050$

    But FOX rental offers:
    Standard convertible (default Mustang convertible)
    2 weeks for 750$ TOTAL (there's nothing about insurance)
    What do you think about it?


    About Big Sur. I could pay more for a night if really worth it, do you know how much is it? Anyway I'll try google it...


    [Day 12 Mammoth Lakes - Tioga Pass - Yosemite - SF 330km]
    Yosemite is huge, would you stay there for a whole day or rather spend a couple of hours and try to reach SF the same day?

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