Hi everyone! First of all thanks for all of the great tips we have read on the site so far, we've learned a lot from your posts which has helped us a great deal in planning our honeymoon.
We'll be coming from the UK early June 2011! It's the first time we'll be undertaking this type of road trip so wanted to ask some specific questions about our route.
Here is our plan so far:
Day 1: Arrive in San Francisco in the afternoon
Day 2: San Francisco
Day 3: San Francisco
Day 4: San Francisco
Day 5: Leave San Francisco am, drive to Santa Cruz, then on to Monterey
Day 6: Visit Carmel until early afternoon before continuing down the coast and stopping for the night at _____
Day 7: Continue drive down the coast, finishing in San Luis Opisbo
Day 8: Hearst Castle tour, then drive to Santa Barbara
Day 9: Los Angeles sights am, evening drive to Anaheim
Day 10: Disney
Day 11: Disney and Universal Studios, nighttime drive to San Diego
Day 12: San Diego
Day 13: San Diego
Day 14: San Diego
Day 15: Leave San Diego AM on route to Vegas, stopping for the night on the way
Day 16: Complete drive to Vegas, afternoon and evening in Vegas
Day 17: Helicopter to Grand Canyon, evening in Vegas
Day 18: Early start drive to Death Valley, quick stop there, on to Sequoia for the night
Day 19: Explore Sequoia until early afternoon, drive the rest of the day to Napa
Day 20: Napa wine stuff
Day 21: Drive to San Francisco, drop off car.
Day 22: Early start, fly to Caribbean!
I hope that we're not trying to squeeze too much in, if we are I think it might be between the LV and Napa stages. But our flights are booked now so we're going to try and rework it if needed.
So here are the questions we have right now.
We don't know a great deal about Santa Cruz other than it's a good stop for surfing. We wont be surfing so wanted to ask if anyone had recommendations for anywhere else that might be more worth seeing or anything that might be worth doing on route to Montery?
On day 6 we'll be driving down the coast from Carmel, are there any recommendations for a great place to stop over on night 6? Preferably somewhere roughly half way between Carmel and San Luis Opisbo?
We're going to be doing much more research on this part of the trip, but are there any must see's or must do's on the coast between Carmel and San Luis Opisbo?
After a Hearst Castle tour on day 8 we're planning on driving to Santa Barbara for dinner and to check into a hotel for the night. Is Santa Barbara the best stop for a night on route to LA from Hearst Castle?
Again we're still researching this stage, but are there any particular recommendations for the most scenic route from San Diego to Las Vegas? We're planning on stopping for a night on the way to LV, is there somewhere that might be particularly interesting to stop for the night on route? Although if our LV to Napa driving days look too ambitious we may drive SD to LV with no stopover.
Final question! We were planning on hiring our car from SF airport, but as we aren't planning on using the car during out 4 days in SF we thought it would be best to hire the car when we leave SF? Are there any car rental companies in SF that come highly recommended for road trippers? We're looking for a Jeep or 4x4 of some sort.
Thanks again for all of the great information so far. Any help you can offer regarding our plans would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance, L&H.