Replies: 21 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 12:50 PM Last Post By: JanekD
Feb 10, 2013 5:23 AM
Since my route above includes stopping in Santa Barbara, passing through the L.A. area is essentially required. Since it's required, might as well stop.
But I leave it to the OP.
If you do want an extra day in L.A., you could drop that second night at Bryce, as mentioned.
Or, you could cut a night from Yosemite. 1.5 days in the valley followed by a leisurely drive to Lee Vining (for a total of 2.5 days in the park) will yield most of the highlights, with some decent short hikes along the way. Then you could use that second night at Bryce to allow a detour to another site in the area, like Kodachrome or Cedar Breaks.
If you cut L.A. completely, a third night near Bryce is in order. Spend the day exploring Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. The other night you can spend near Page, or in Yosemite.
Or you could take both days and trip up to Tahoe (still via the east side of the Sierra, stopping at Bodie along the way).
There are probably quite a number of other ways you could use them.
Feb 10, 2013 9:55 AM
16I would skip the coast completely and focus on the National Park areas of the West. There is far more dramatic coastline throughout Europe. What the West has to offer inland is incomparable.
Feb 10, 2013 12:21 PM
Feb 10, 2013 1:04 PM
18There are truly spectacular drives in Europe along the water's edge - and I would suggest more scenic than California by a wide margin. Similarly there are excellent coastal drives in Australia and New Zealand that put the Big Sur coast in the shade ... but these are not good reasons not to experience the Californian offerings.
Small sample - Amalfi Coast Italy.
Feb 10, 2013 3:18 PM
19I don't disagree, but it's still different in my opinion. You can also say the deserts in Africa and India are more interesting, but my point generally is that California coast is a highlight in California and it would be a shame to miss it. I think they have enough time to get a taste of both the deserts and the coast.
Feb 10, 2013 3:31 PM
20... but my point generally is that California coast is a highlight in California and it would be a shame to miss it.
I certainly can't disagree with that.
Feb 11, 2013 12:50 PM
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