I'm starting to work on a trip for this June to a part of the country that I really haven't spent much time: Northern California.
I'm flying into SFO on a Monday evening, and leaving the following Wednesday afternoon, giving me basically 8 days for the trip.
The rough outline is to spend Tuesday in San Francisco, see a Giants game that night, and then hit the road. I'm thinking of spending Wednesday driving up to Crater Lake, Thursday at CL, and then Friday through Tuesday heading back down the coast, arriving back in the Bay area by Tuesday evening.
So here are a few of the things I'm trying to figure out.
For SF, I'm still figuring out where to stay and when to pick up the car. My initial thought was to simply stay out by the airport for 2 nights, just use public transit around SF, and pick up the car on Wednesday morning. However, it also crossed my mind that it might be better to pick up the car on Tuesday, use it to get around SF, and then head out to the east bay suburbs after the game, where I'd be able to find a cheaper room and not deal with traffic on Wednesday morning.
My other issues involve traveling the coast. I will be camping for this portion of the trip (flying Southwest so no bag fees!), and I would prefer not to make reservations and just see where we end up for the night. However, I'm guessing camping spots my be hard to come by, especially in Late June and since much of that will be over a weekend. I'm also looking for places that might be more affordable than the $35 a night that CA state parks are now charging, because of their budget cuts.
For that matter, there are a lot of CA state parks that it looks like are worth visiting, but does anyone know if their park fees are park specific? Meaning that if I visit multiple state parks in one day, do I have to pay the $8 entry fee for each park, or if I pay $8 on a Saturday, it will be good for every park I want to visit on that Saturday? I did look at an annual pass, but it looks like that is more than $100, but if anyone has any suggestions or advice for making state parks more affordable, that would be appreciated.