We're a couple of Kiwis in our 30s who have been to the US a few times (LA and Denver) and are coming back from Nov 3-10 this year to catch up with friends in LA. We thought about driving a loop starting Monday from LA->Vasquez Rocks->Vegas, staying the night in Vegas, then going to Area51->SF->Santa Cruz->LA on the Tuesday. Is this feasible, or do you recommend a 2nd night in SF?
We thought about an RV but they seem crazily expensive over 300miles ($200 for the RV and $400 for the miles!) so we thought we'd hire a car for the whole week - Enterprise seem to do good cars/SUVs for about $400 for the week (we've used them before) and Vegas hotels like the Tropicana are only $50 or so on a Monday.
Is Area 51 worth the drive? I know its mainly touristy cafes and not much to see, but we havent sene much outside of LA before.
Any recommendations on the trip (or where to get better deals maybe on cars and hotels) would be greatly appreciated :D