5 of us (a mix of Europeans - Irish et Brit and a few others ....) are arriving in SF arriving on 10th Sept. We have hired a motorhome (Vehicle: Cruise America C30 Large RV c.30 feet) and our plan is to travel as far as Santa Barbara.
My first question – is it viable to take that vehicle on Highway 1? None of us are used to driving on the RHS of the road and we are heading South!
Secondly – Our trip outline roughly takes in Santa Cruz (should we go via the principal road or the main highway through San Mateo / Redwood City etc) via Boulder Creek etc.?
From Santa Cruz to to Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, San Simeon, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo (is she worth a look) or should we head direct to Santa Barbara via Lompoc?
Travel friends have recommended that we take in Santa Barbara which we would like to do – we are now trying to figure out how we get to Vegas via Death Valley. We are avid backpackers (all have done South America, India and Asia BUT the US is new to us AND vast!!) ;o)
Does anyone know if we could get from Santa Barbara to Bakersfield and from there? 160 Panrump and 190 Death Valley are mentioned in other blogs (any chance someone could recommend a scenic route)?
We plan to stay in Vegas two days - Could anyone recommend a camp site near the city (pref with some scenery)?
We then want to head to the Grand Canyon – here is where its all becoming rather confusing – should we stay on the North Rim? We want to get to Flagstaff and end our trip in Phoenix (we travel out of Phoenix back to London on the 25th).
Any tips and advice that anyone could send would be enormously appreciated.