I need sound advise for a NYer who is taking several 16 year olds on an early July sightseeing road trip through California. I am opting for 1 1/2 days in San Francisco, drive highway 1 (God have mercy on me) making a stop - possibly overnight, onto Santa Monica for a day then LA for 3, 2 in Anaheim, 1 1/2 San Diego, 1 1/2 vegas. we arrive SF in the am and on the 11th night we leave.
Any suggestions? 3-4 star hotels...something great for young girls eyes and a mother's pockets. We are planning on Alcatraz and 2 tours in LA, along with Disney in Anaheim. Any suggestions on where to stay and where to stop during that long coastal drive? Trying to squeeze in as much views as possible for these 7.
Also, is it better to be in Santa Monica or Hollywood for July 4th? Any differences?