I am new to this forum and regret not finding it sooner as it is by far the most helpful.
My husband and I are in the States from South Africa for a few months traveling and have dedicated a large portion of the trip to the West Coast.
We do have some things already booked and therefore cannot change unfortunately but we would love some advice for the rest?
So far the trip looks like:
Fly NYC-LA May 1
May 1-8: LA (Hollywood, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, San Diego day trip...)
May 8-12: Santa Barbara
May 12-13: San Simeon (Hearst Castle)
May 13-16: Monterey (Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach)
May 16-21: San Fran
That is all the accommodation we have booked and below is what we were thinking of doing, moving forward:
Napa or Sonoma, open to suggestion?
We recently removed Redwood from our plans as we were told you get to see similar trees in Sequoia, is this correct would you advise keeping Redwood? Its a little out the way?
At this point we will make our way to Mexico/Costa Rica and Cuba. Most likely fly from LA or Vegas to one of them.
Our entire West Coast adventure can go all the way to mid/end June. Please assist us in ironing out those last few stops, how long is recommended in each place, the best route and any gems in the region that we are missing out. I did read that reversing the trip is probably the best but unfortunately we are now unable to do so.
Thanks in advance and really looking forward to hearing your guys opinion.