(Closed) planning a cheap trip to the west coast

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m not sure how much help I’ll be, but my partner and I went out to San Francisco this summer and it was much cheaper than I expected. We booked almost all of our stuff through Priceline (I’m at a conference right now and seriously, even with the group booking rate it was cheaper to book this way – if you use it for your flight, I do not suggest doing the name your own price or whatever. When you do that, you can not pick which airline, flight times, etc. So, even though the flight is a price you named, you could fly out at 5am. I can’t do that for confences b/c, for example, I had to teach class and then be here by Thursday early AM at the very latest b/c I presented – ideally, teach and rush home to teh airport, which is what I did). I don’t live on that coast so I can’t answer for which would be cheaper or airports.

Post # 4
4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

BCentral and Northern California coast is GORGEOUS.  Big Sur area’s gorgeous, Northern California’s gorgeous, and San Francisco’s an awesome city.  Can’t go wrong in those areas.

Post # 5
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Either one is a bit of a drive from the nearest large airport, it’d be Las Vegas or LA for the Grand Canyon,  or San Francisco, San Jose or Sacramento for the Redwoods. A big factor in deciding which one you want to go to might be the season. It gets miserably hot in the high desert in the middle of summer, while spring can be quite foggy and gloomy on the coast. If you’re going March-June or in fall, I’d recommend the Grand Canyon, and from July through September the redwoods.

Neither of those destinations is going to be terribly expensive if you book hotels in advance. Camping is also really nice among the redwoods if that’s an option, but you do need to reserve spots in advance.

If you want to go for a week or so, I’d highly recommend starting in San Francisco and driving up the coast, hitting the avenue of the giants along the way, drive up the Oregon coast and then head inland to Portland and fly home from there. I’ve done roadtrips all up and down the West Coast, and that is my absolute favorite stretch. There’s lots of cute small towns the entire stretch, and you can definitely do it on a budget!

Post # 6
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You should look into San Francisco. My fiancé and I went in August ( he proposed when we were riding bikes across the golden gate bridge.) It’s a pretty cheap city, there’s tons to do and lots of places close by for day trips and whatnot. ( wineries, redwood forests, and lots more) we stayed at this awesome hotel called the Chancellor, it’s right on Union square and was great and cheap. ( look it up on tripadvisor) You’d have an amazing time without a doubt!!

Post # 7
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Hmmmmm, and Tahoe’s not an option?  🙂

Personally, I would choose the Redwoods and do a little road trip, like @Opus: suggested, if you plan on going for a whole week.  The Grand Canyon is pretty awesome, but I’m not sure there’s enough to do there to warrant a whole week’s stay.  

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