I am from Germany and two friends of mine and I are planning to do a road trip in California starting from Los Angeles. The trip lasts two weeks in September. We have not yet fixed the exact route or destinations we want to visit. Some ideas: Pacific coast from LA to San Francisco, National Parks (Yosemite, Sequoia, maybe Zion (Utah)), Lake Tahoe.
The main point is we want to spend a maximum of 2000$ each. In case we get a flight for 1000$, we have 1000$ left for two weeks. So ahead of all, the first question is whether a two week road trip is feasible.
I already checked some motel/hotel prices, budget class should be around 50$-75$ for a two double bed room. Maybe we can also camp at or in National Parks, however I have read it is hard to get a camp spot.
Next thing is car rentel. I read the sticky thread about high taxes and additional fees. However we prefer to rent a premium class car (or maybe a convertible), as we plan to drive about 1500 - 2000 miles. Another option would be to buy a fly&drive ticket which combines flight and car rental.
I just wanted to hear your opinion, especially if you think it is realistic. If you have further ideas for spots to see or explore, tell us.