We are coming over to the US to do the Big Sur marathon next April, so we have decided to make a holiday out of it and try to see some more of this wonderful country. We already did SF, Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion & Las Vegas during our last trip.
We're a couple in our early 30s, enjoy running & hiking. Like going out in the evening for good food, trying local beers etc.
We are looking for advice on accomodation options, where not listed already. We like boutique, cool hotels, something a little different. Budget about £100 per night.
Also looking for recommendations for places to eat, interested in traditional American Fayre, but love most cuisines.
And finally things to do that aren't necessary listed in the guide books or the usual.
This is what we have planned so far:
24th April - Arrive SF, pick up rental, and drive to Monterey. Possibly stop by Santa Cruz on way down
5 nights Monterey in a AirBnB accomodation in Seaside
We plan to:
Visit Monterey, Carmel, pacific Grove, big sur, pinnacles
29th April drive down to Santa Barbara, stop by Hearst castle Big Creek bridge on way down
Stay 2 nights - looking for ideas on accomodation
Visit Pismo Beach on the way down?
1st May drive over to 29 Palms for Joshua Tree
Spend 2 nights - 29 palms inn?
Visit Joshua Tree NP, do some hiking
3rd May drive to Flagstaff, taking in as much as Route 66 on the way. Any good lunch suggestions? We loved finding jacks in Bishop CA on our last trip.
Stay 2 nights - looking for accomodation suggestions
Would antelope anyon be too far for a day trip?
5th May drive to GCNP
2 nights - looking at bright Angel lodge, unless good suggestions for outside park?
Various trails, possibly to the bottom of the canyon
7th May drive to Las Vegas
3 nights Aria
Check out stuff we couldn't fit in last visit. See another Cirque show, suggestions? We saw KA last time
Fly home 10th evening
Thanks in advance for your help.