We're a couple from Europe in our mid-twenties planning a west coast trip. This would occur during the last week of August and first two of September, flying in to Seattle, renting a car for the trip and flying out of Los Angeles.
We want to both enjoy the landscape and get to know the the west coast beyond major cities. The current plan is this and is also detailed below. I would like to have your opinion on it, as well as your help on some doubts, such as:
- Is time allocated to each place enough?
- Should we skip anything in the current plan (e.g.: I've read some bad reviews on San Francisco)?
- When I put Santa Barbara, I meant somewhere in that region (close to LA), where I can camp (preferably cheap) and go to the beach. I've heard about Carpinteria, but there are so many bad reviews on space/management/price that I'd rather look for something else (Pismo Beach?).
- What else should I consider doing/visiting?
Regarding accommodation, we would be splitting things between AirBnB/Motel/Hotel in cities and waypoints (e.g.: Fort Bragg) and camping in NPs. With respect to food, we'll probably eat out of the cooler in NPs, but we really want to try local diners in the way (we're big fans of DDD!) - we welcome recommendations. We're also big craft beer fans and well, we'll pass through so many places with so many breweries that we will not have time to visit/try everything - again, we welcome recommendations.
I've also been reading posts/blogs from foreigners, which usually include tips and advices of things that are different (e.g.: while driving) and to which we should pay attention, so if you have any, please do not hesitate.
Morning Day Night 1 Fly in Seattle 2 Seattle 3 Seattle Olympic NP 4 Olympic NP 5 Olympic NP via Astoria, Cannon Beach Portland 6 Portland 7 Portland via Newport, Florence Toketee Falls/Bend 8 Toketee Falls/Bend Crater Lake 9 Crater Lake 10 Crater Lake Redwood NP Fort Bragg 11 Fort Bragg San Francisco 12 San Francisco Lake Tahoe 13 Lake Tahoe 14 Lake Tahoe Yosemite 15 Yosemite 16 Yosemite via Monterey, Big Sur Santa Barbara 17 Santa Barbara 18 Santa Barbara 19 Santa Barbara Disneyland Los Angeles 20 Los Angeles 21 Los Angeles 22 Fly out