Looking for suggestions of where to stop on Highway 1 CA
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 2, 2010 3:30 PM Last Post By: luvntravel
May 30, 2010 8:26 PM
Looking for suggestions of where to stop on Highway 1 CAI am in the final stages of planning my California trip and am looking for another place to visit on my itinerary. Can anyone recommend somewhere near Pismo/ San Luis Obispo that would be good to stop for a night - and maybe drink some wine?
Have I missed out anything else out that could be good?
Here is my plan so far:
July 15, 16, 17, 18 Arrive and stay in San Francisco, visit Alcatraz and Redwoods.
July 19 Drive to Santa Cruz and stay 1 night.
July 20 Drive to Monterey and stay 1 night.
July 21 Drive south .............Any ideas??
July 22 Drive to Santa Monica
July 23, 24 Stay in Santa Monica (for visiting LA)
July 25th Bus to Vegas
July 26, 27, 28 Vegas and visit Grand Canyon
July 29 Fly to San Francisco
July 30th Leave USA
Thanks for your help :)
May 30, 2010 10:09 PM
May 30, 2010 10:21 PM
2I assume you are driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles
So you aren't interested in seeing Los Angeles? One day in LA is not going to allow much.
Santa Cruz and Monterey are about 90 minutes drive apart. Unless you have a compelling reason to see Santa Cruz, I might skip it.
July 21- Cambria? Moro Bay? San Louis Obispo? Did you want to visit Hearst Castle?
Fly to Las Vegas, rather than take a bus.
What are you interested in seeing or doing? What do you NOT want to do?
You are really going to need reservations. Especially on the weekend ( nights of July 23, 24)
May 30, 2010 11:02 PM
3Thanks for your replies let me clarify, I realise that I need to book accomodation and am trying to make firm plans before booking.
I am basically taking a slow drive down from SF to LA and stopping at beautiful, interesting places on the way. I want to stop several times so I don't feel that I am constantly in the car.
Badger- Yes I am on a budget, trying to find places to stay less than 100 USD per night.
Kahua - I am also wondering whether it would be better to spend 2 nights in Monterey rather than Santa Cruz/ Monterey. However I have heard from several friends that Santa Cruz is really fun for people watching along the boardwalk and has a nice vibe.
What I want to do is - hang out in scenic places, people watch, enjoy the ocean, the Californian culture, maybe sip wine at a winery, see Venice Beach and Hollywood, go for walks.
I was thinking of using Santa Monica as my base for exploring LA. I am planning to stay for 3 days.
What I don't want to do is - spend too long driving and missing out. I don't want to spend too much money - but understand that I will pay what I have to to avoid staying in the yuckiest places! Really I am just looking for somewhere interesting to stop halfway between Monterey and Santa Monica.
May 30, 2010 11:50 PM
4Finding anywhere nice for less than $100 a night will be tough. You can find a simple motel-type place, but it won't be on or near the beach or anywhere scenic.
If you are in SLO on Thursday night, check out the Farmer's Market downtown. There is always a lot going on on Thursday evening. If you stay in SLO, stay as close to the downtown as you can (think of the Misson Plaza as the center of town).
I nice place to stop would be Sycamore Hot Springs near Avila Beach, but it is well over $100 per night.
May 31, 2010 9:02 AM
5July 21 is a Wednesday. If there is anyway you can make it July 22, you'll make that Thursday NIght Market in San Luis Obispo. Well worth it. It's a combination farmer's marker, craft fair and music fest. If you spend two nights in SLO, you can use it as a base for wine tasting, or checking out the coast at Pismo or Morro Bay.
One thing about the Monterey area in summer--some places will require a two night minimum. You may find less expensive lodging i Pacific Grove, which is right next to Monterey and on the ocean. There is a wooden walkway for strolling along the beach. Monterey is close enough to Santa Cruz that you could spend most o f the day at Santa Cruz and then head on to Monterey.
Jun 1, 2010 9:15 PM
Jun 2, 2010 3:30 PM
7OMG - i just did your trip! only i did it on a green tortoise tour and didn't have to worry about much lodging (only santa monica hostel and las vegas):
#2 kahlua above suggests hearst caslte - it is awesome and worth a look. we also kayaked the san simeon state beach cove, which is below the castle on the beach. here's the company we booked kayaks from:
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