Hi, I am new to the site and it looks like there are a lot of great people here with great suggestions.
I am planning a road trip from southern California (San Diego to be exact) up the coast all the way to central Oregon and then on to Boise ID from there. I have never seen any of the country before, and I have five days to make the trip. I am picking a friend up around mid-day on March 25, and I need to be in Boise by the evening of March 30.
I have never seen any of this area, and I would really prefer to avoid as much civilization as possible. I am not much of a beach bum, I just prefer the beautiful scenery. We are likely to camp, but will consider cheap hotels along the way depending on how tired we get, and the weather. I would much rather skip less than desirable sections (between San Diego and LA?), but I don't really know what is going to be less desirable.
It sounds like from most of my reading that things like the Hearst Castle, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Sea Lion caves, and the Redwoods are definitely "must sees". So would I be better to skip some of the southern portions of the trip, in order to linger in Big Sur and some of these other areas, or will we have enough time to really take our time?
So the big question, if you were me, how would you break your trip up? Where would you linger, where would you hit the interstate; how long would you take to do each section? I plan to boogie from the coast over to Boise in day, so I have about 4 1/2 days to get from San Diego to central Oregon. Anyway, thanks for your help, and I look forward to your thoughts.