Sorry for the super long post! I am moving back to my home in Dallas. I do not have a lot of money to spend but since I am making this trip I do want to stop a few times along the way to sight see. I have done this route a million times. I've spent a lot of time in California, I've seen all the big destinations and this trip I am really looking for odd, interesting, different attractions. I would really like some suggestions for my trip! A few things... I am a single female traveler. I do not have the money to stay in hotels so I will be staying at rest stops. I am also open to staying at campsites if they are okay with sleeping in cars. I have done this before and it wasn't a problem. I keep myself protected, I have pepper spray, sleep in well lit areas, etc. Any advice on good places to stay?
I am planning on taking the scenic route down highway 101. From there, hopping on interstate 10 and then onto highway 20.
I have no set time frame. I'd really like to end my days early so I can spend more time seeing everything in daylight. My budget is around 1500-1800 for the entire trip including gas. I have a small car with great gas mileage.
Here are the stops I plan on making so far (below). Any suggestions? Add ons? As I've said before I've done the big touristy things and im not really interested in seeing those again. I like science, space, rocks, art, and Egypt! I'm looking for a great art museum but not sure which one is best. Really looking for more places in az, nm, and tx but open to anything. Also, I'm a bit of a foodie so any really awesome suggestions for places to eat would be great.
Gold beach books in gold beach or.
Mcvay rock state recreation site in brookings, or
Ocean world in crescent city, ca
Chapman's gem and mineral shop and museum in fortuna, ca
Golden gate mercantile in Ferndale, ca
Nelson family vineyards in ukiah, ca
Madame tussauds in san francisco, ca
Golden gate tap room in san francisco, ca
Old united states mint in san francisco, ca
Rosicrucian Egyptian museum in san jose, ca
Winchester mystery house in san jose, ca
Monterey Bay aquarium in monterey, ca
Moonstone beach in cambria, ca
Bristols cider house in atascadero, ca
Bubblegum alley in san luis, ca
Griffith observatory in los angeles, ca
Holocaust museum in los angeles, ca
Hauser geode beds in blythe, ca
Mystery Castle in phoenix, az