I am new to this site and just starting to plan our first ever US road trip for this Xmas and New Year. I will be travelling with my husband and two young teenage girls. We´re flying in to LA from Spain and returning two weeks later, also from LA.
At the moment our priorities are the trip up to SF and time in SF itself. We will drop the hire car in SF on arrival and fly back to LA before the return home.
We arrive early afternoon on 23 Dec in LA - I have read that the shuttle bus up to Santa Barbara is a good idea following an international flight, then we´d hire the car from there the following day.
My worries at this stage concern the time of year that we´re travelling - do some places get really quiet or shut down for Xmas, what would be a good itinerary for these two weeks?
I´d also like to have some idea of budget for a family of four - what could we expect to spend each day for food/accommodation? I´d like to treat everyone at times with both, though have little idea of what this means.
Any help is really appreciated, thankyou.