Hello, we are a young couple from Italy, planning for a roadtrip in California. We have 17 days from the beginning of September 2007 and our startpoint/endpoint will be LA.
We would kindly ask if you could review this roadtrip plan and please tell us if it looks reasonale/feasible.
LA to Sequoia (2 overnight stay)
Sequoia and Yosemite (2)
Yosemite to Tahoe (2)
Tahoe to Lassen Volcanin Park, Shasta Lake (1)
Shasta to Napa (1)
SF to LA (2)
LA and SoCal (5) - We have friends in the area;
2. Car Rental: what car type would you recommend for such a trip? We noticed that using local rental companies (LA: midway and others) you can save a considerable amount of money even on convertibles. We are giving more importance to the kind of car rather than the place to stay, which might be mom and pop style;
3. Motels: what would be an average motel price in September? We considered in our guesstimate approx 60 USD per night. In SF we will avoid staying in the city since parking is just crazy out there. Would you recommend some place in the bay and then using public transportation? I heard about good connections with Oakland;
4. Food expenses: does anybody have some stats for daily expenses? We will definetely have a cooler with sandwiches and lots of water in the back seat. We think restaurant every other day for supper might be OK.
5. Overall daily cost: We came up with a daily cost of 200 USD per day for the two of us considering: car rental, gas, motels, food, park fees. Consider that in the LA area we have friends so we might be able to avoid expensive hotel rates.
Your notes are more than welcome.
Ponny and Hunny