Firstly, let me introduce myself quickly.
I'm Sawyer Reynolds, have been checking around the site doing some research for an upcoming trip and took the plunge in registering to interact with y'all yesterday!
Ok, so to the main point of the post - the road tripping!
I turn 21 on the 26th December this year and this of course allows me to get a rental car from Enterprise (One of, if not the only companies that will rent to under 25s). Unfortunately due to the constraints of work I'm only going to be able to get a maximum of three weeks off of work which will take me until mid-January. I'm not sure on the leaving date, so will just leave it at 'mid' for now and just get some ideas then work out a concrete finishing date soon.
I'm looking at flying into either LAX or Santa Ana (John Wayne), arriving sometime in the afternoon on the 26th December and picking up the car from there.
Just to break off slightly, I'm looking at renting an SUV, the price is just slightly more than what it would cost to rent an economy or Intermediate car class. I've been driving for three years, have had no accidents and would consider myself a competent and capable driver (Don't we all though!), so would renting an SUV be advisable, or would you guys recommened something slightly smaller (I've driven automatics before).
Ok, back to the trip; I have a few friends in and around Newport Beach whom I'll be staying with for a couple of days, then I will be taking off to San Luis Obispo to see another friend. So, my main questions I guess would be:
1. On the drive up to San Luis Obispo are there any sights I should see/specific routes I should take or anything like that?
2. Once I'm done in San Luis, I'll be left with a week/week and a half to check things out for myself, so basically, just any suggestions for places to see, roads to take and some general ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: 3. What are the best chain of motels to be staying at for price and relative comfort. I was thinking Motel6 or Best Western, but any experiences again would be appreciated.
Apologies for the long-winded post, we got there in the end!