My friend and I, males in our late 20's and early 30's, are doing a southwestern US roadtrip this April. We're starting in San Francisco and heading down the Pacific Coast Highway to Irvine, before heading east towards Nevada and Arizona.
We will be spending the 4th night on the roadtrip in the Irvine area. That is kind of written in stone, since my friend has some business to attend to there that day. Our biggest question now is: where should we spend our first three nights on this roadtrip? What are the best best little towns or areas to stay along the PCH?
The only things we have on our "to do" list so far, for this part of the roadtrip, is Hearst Castle and Griffith Park to have a look at the Hollywood sign.
We're looking for some nice, small towns to stay in. Certainly don't mind staying near the ocean. Not looking for any crazy party towns, but we want at least a couple of restaurants to choose from in the evening.
One alternative we've been looking at is:
Day 1. Santa Cruz area
Day 2. Pismo Beach area
Day 3. Santa Barbara area
(Day 4. Irvine area)
Would this be a good alternative? Or are there any places along this route that we MUST spend a night in? Any place that we should totally avoid? Maybe a bit further north of Pismo Beach area so we have less driving to do that day? Monterey area instead of Santa Cruz area? This instead of that?
Any and all suggestions as to where we should stay would be much appreciated! =)
Thanks! Be safe!