I’m from Belgium and me and my girlfriend (still students) are planning a car travel/ road trip to the U.S in Februari . A 15 day trip trough California in combination with 4 days NY. Weve been saving up quite a long time for this trip so we would like to make the best of it so I was hoping to get some help/tips from you fine people.
We are renting a car to drive trough the more touristy spots and to be honest all destinations came straight out of a travel brochure. We have NY figured out but could really need some help on the California part since its our very first time
this is how the Cali. trip looks (all places exept San Francisco and ... (?) are 1 night stay)
Los Angeles – Palm Springs
Palm Springs – Needles – Laughlin
Laughlin – Williams
Williams – Grand Canyon
Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon – Zion NP – Las Vegas
Las Vegas – Death Valley – Visalia
Visalia – Yosemite NP – Modesto/Sonora
Modesto/Sonora – Napa Valley – San Francisco
San Francisco (we will be staying 2 days in San Francisco)
San Francisco – Monterey/ Carmel – Santa Maria
Santa Maria – Santa Barbara (we will be staying 2 days in Santa Barbara ??)
Santa Barbara – Los Angeles
Since we surf it would be nice to have two days on the beach, therefore we chose a 2 day stop in Santa Barbara but would like to know if you had any other suggestions, reason why we took a two day stop in Santa Barbara was because we think its kind of in the center of the coastline we are following back to LA. Also were told that it’s a verry nice place to stay with loads of things to do. Are there any other suggestions on where to stay instead of santa Barbara…we would like to see places like Venice beach, Malibu, Trestles, Huntington beach…afcourse only if it doesn’t take us to much of track.
Also some ideas on the rest of the trip maybe like are there places worth skiping and replace them with something else?
Sorry if I’m asking allot here but as I said before it took us a long time to save the money together so we would like to make the best out of it since its maybe a once in a lifetime experience.
We would greatly appreciate all the help.