Hi me and a friend are planning a trip from LA to San Francisco. We are in our 20s from Australia.
We need ideas on routes and approximate times, and where to stay. Accommodation does not have to be glamorous. We are happy to stay at anything so long as the places are clean, and have showers and no creepy crawlies.
We land in NYC on the 12th May and will be taking a morning flight to LAX on the 22nd May. We are flying out of San Francisco on 31 May.
Im not sure whether we should hire a car direct from the airport or from say Santa Monica. (Will it be easy to hire a car, given that we are 27 and 24. Which are the best companies. )?
Here is the proposed itineary for the roadtrip part of it. If you could advise approximate times to leave it would be good as we have no idea of the distances. Also it will be over Memorial Day Weekend, so may be busy?
22 May: Fly into LAX. Pick up car. Sightsee during day (Flight will probably land around 3PM). Overnight at Santa Monica (or get public transport to Santa Monica, and pick up car the next day?)
23 May: Begin drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara.
24 May: Santa Barbara to Cambria
25 May: Cambria to Montery (Big Sur)
26 May: Montery to San Francisco. Return car.
26-31: San Francisco. (too many days?)
Does this seem appropriate, or could we do this quicker or fit more things in? We really arent too sure what 'other' attractions we should go to also, and if we should spend a day exploring LA or not.