Post # 1
FI and I are hoping to do a 2 week California road trip for our honeymoon! We originally wanted to go to Thailand, but unfortunately I’ve read that the time of year we are hoping to go (July) is monsoon season 🙁
So, instead we have decided to return to California (we did a quick stop over there for 3 days 2 years ago when we were coming back from Australia) and see the rest of the state. We’ve already done Hollywood and don’t care to go back there. We also did Disneyland, but I know I want to end the trip there again.
We want to start in San Fransisco and make our way to Disneyland. The other must do is a few days at a great beach resort.
Can I get some suggestions as to how I can start plan this type of road trip?
Can anyone recommend a great beach resort in California?
What are some must see’s in California?
Post # 3
@VallieC: Do you want to spend your time in cities, or some city some country. I’ve enjoyed visiting the Redwood forest and wine country/Napa Valley.
Post # 4
I would like a little of everything 🙂
Post # 8
AH! We’re planning to do a Cali roadtrip too for our honeymoon! We’re in Arizona, so we’ll first go up to Vegas for a bit with his family. Then we’ll head over to Yosemite, then up to Napa Valley, San Fran, then just travel down the coast to LA/Hollywood, then end in San Diego.
Post # 9
Definitely check out the 17-mile drive!
Post # 10
Yes! Keep the suggestions coming! I am pinning them lol 🙂 Napa looks amazing! Redwood forest also looks beautiful!
What about Laguana? Worth going to or are there better beaches out there? For the beach resort portion I would like it to be a little more secluded.
I guess my biggest question is how do I set about actually planning out a road trip? Lol any websites out there?
Post # 11
Here’s what I would do with that trip:
– fly into SF and head north. See some redwoods and the coast in the Sonoma/Bodega Bay area. Go to either Sonoma or Napa for wineries (I love Sonoma, lots of small places).
– head back into San Francisco, do some city tourist stuff. Eat in different parts of the city (definitely get Mexican food in the Mission, AMAZING). Do the Alcatraz tour. I would recommend the evening one– sunset is beautiful and the prison is different and cool once the sun sets.
– start heading south; check out Carmel and Monterey.
– take Rt 1 (the smaller, coastal highway) as you head south, through Big Sur. Amazingly beautiful park; plan to stop for pictures lots. The views are incredible. Stop at Hearst Castle. I would plan to spend a night somewhere in Big Sur to break up the drive. We stayed in Cambria when we were there– pretty far south (we were coming from San Diego) but cute, tiny, coastal town. TripAdvisor is a great resource for the details of other towns/places to stay.
– build in lots of time to stop at beaches on your way south!
– spend some time in Santa Barbara; it’s really nice.
I really don’t know LA so no recommendations there. I’m jealous thinking about your trip! Have a great time.
Post # 12
@VallieC: TripAdvisor is a great resource! I have only been to Laguna briefly- beautiful but not sure how secluded it would be. I would search Southern CA beaches on TripAdvisor and see what comes up. 🙂
As far as planning a road trip, I would think about the time you want to spend in various places, and then go from there… so look at driving from point a to b, whether you will want to stop, will you need to stay over, etc. In my previous post I mentioned staying in Cambria- essentially picked because it was a good point to break up the drive for our itinerary.
Post # 13
Cambria / San Simeon is super romantic in between SF and LA! GORGEOUS!
and Point Mugu in Malibu camping on the beach 🙂
Post # 14
@Almost Mrs.P: wow thank you so much! That is a fantastic start for me!
Thanks so much everyone for the suggestions! keep em coming 🙂
Post # 15
@engleman10513: camping on the beach…. That sounds awesome! I will have to look that up!
Post # 16
Two words: Big Sur. It’s a very expensive place if you want to stay overnight, but there are some amazing spa hotels int he area, and the parks there are AMAZING. Google Big Sur and Carmel, CA to see what I’m talking about. 🙂