Hello there everyone!
I've been studying past threads that pertain to our upcoming roadtrip and still have a few questions. We're a group of four (two Americans, two French) twenty-somethings that will be renting a car to roadtrip between San Francisco and Los Angeles over a 3 week time period, late July through mid-August. Here's our tentative itinerary, very open to changes:
Days 1-3, San Francisco, getting over jet-lag (3 of us are flying in from France) and visiting the city
Days 4-5, Point Reyes, camp site already booked
Day 6, San Francisco, 4th member of our party flying in that day
Days 7-9, driving south on Hwy 1, camping in Big Sur
Days 10-13, Los Angeles, exploring the city w/ a friend who lives there
Day 14, Joshua Tree
Days 15-17, Kings Canyon, camping & hiking
Days 18-20, Yosemite, camping & hiking
Day 21, return to SF for evening flight
My questions are these:
1.) Is 2-3 days ample time to enjoy the drive down the coast? I'd like to be open to stopping and seeing any great spots, and having a nice hike in the Big Sur area.
2.) Driving down Highway 1/PCH, between Carmel & Santa Barbara, where are good places to stay (not to expensive)? We're open to camping and to reasonably priced hotels/motels.
3.) Is going to Joshua Tree in August a crazy idea? I see that the temps are at their hottest during this time of the year but I've also heard that its an amazing place to visit.
4.) Are we doing too much if we try to swing Kings Canyon and Yosemite in 6 days? Drive times will be the longest I think to, between, and from these sites, but if it is doable, I'd like to try it. However, if you wise road-trippers advise to choose one or the other, I'd heed such advice!
5.) Other suggestions welcome!!! I.E. places to stop along the way, lodging, great food, etc. Also, don't hestitate to let me know what you think of the timing I've planned in this itinerary!
Many, many thanks in advance!