We are a couple from UK wanting to do a 2 week road trip which encompasses the Pacific Coast Highway ending up at Monument Valley or some other beautiful part of the desert.
1st-8th July - SAN FRAN
9th July- Drive to San Jose (boyfriend is desperate to go to a big waterpark!)
Stay? in San Jose or Santa Cruz?
July 10th - Monterey
July 11th- Big Sur
July 12th - San Luis Obispo (staying at madonna inn. is there much to do here)
July 13th - Santa Barbara
July 14th - Santa Monica
July 15th - Laguna
July 16th Huntington/Laguna
July 17th Drive to Monument Valley UT
July 19th Monument Valley (stay somewhere?)
July 20th Zion National Park
July 21st Drive to Vegas
July 22nd Fly home
Phew, now just writing it down I'm exhausted. It feels like we're trying to fit too much in at the moment. Basically our main aims are to definately stay in SF for a week, thats non-negotiable, want to see some beautiful coastline and good beaches, want to stay at the kitchest hotel on the planet, the Madonna inn in SLO, and really would love to get out into the desert and see some great roadside attractions and some breathtaking sights in the desert. Monument Valley looks incredible but its a very long drive and would mean we'd have to fly back from Vegas? We dont really wanna go to Vegas itself. Considered the Grand Canyon but again its a real long trip. The point of going to California in the first place is basically to get a holiday that encompasses as many different terrains and locations as possible. Cities, beaches, forests, deserts. We need a trip that isnt too hectic but still encompasses these things. Please Help!