Hi, any help/info would be great.
I've seen loads of posts about road trips around California, but mine is slightly different.
I'll be flying into LA late August/early September from the UK, with around 5 friends, all of us 21.
Current plan is to spend around 4 days in LA, then pick up a minivan and try to do the popular 'circle' that is LA-SF-Yosemite-Vegas-LA. However, being 21 with very little in the way of money, I would really appreciate help on SERIOUS money saving tips, as well as things to do which we'd actually enjoy (sightseeing is cool, but some student-type fun as well - like somehow getting invited to a frat-party...)
In terms of what we want to do/see, we don't really have any desire to see SF (unless its awesome?..). As for Yosemite, my vision is that we have some fun in the day kayaking/hiking or whatever, then at night, get drunk around a campfire. Is this accurate...? Then Vegas is, well, Vegas... (no gambling for us really, just drinking.
The drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas is brilliant I've read, but do you think we could get away with camping somewhere on route? Or possibly just parking up and sleeping in the car? These are the kind of money-saving tips i'm after. Our plan is to sleep in the car anywhere we cant pitch a tent. Is this genuinely possible in places like Death Valley? Or will we be eaten by wolves?
As I said, any help is great. I don't blame you if you haven't even made it through this whole essay I've ended up writing.