HELENE’S TRIP TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
15 DAYS/7 STOPS
Mountains, volcanoes and the Pacific Coast
Helene created a beautiful 15-day family road trip with 7 stops for her husband, their twin boys Edouard and Cedric (12), and their daughter Julie (14). Grandparents, Jacques and Françoise, also joined the trip. The purpose of this trip was to discover natural parks and the wild coast of California while going a little of the beaten path. They wanted to experience the natural beauty of the mountains and beaches and hike in the magnificent surroundings without the crowd. They ended with a city trip in San Francisco and Carmel. The family lived in NY for 5 years, but they are originally from Belgium. They love nature, enjoy beautiful landscapes and hiking. Location and comfort were key when they selected the lodging for this family road trip, where they stayed an average of two nights per location. In 15 days, they drove a total of 2,225 km and spent 28 hours on the roads. They travelled in June-July 2016.
Arrival and departure airport: San Francisco
5h30 hours flight from NY.
More than 10 direct flights/day
Wide choice of best fare & timing.
2,225 km in 15 days
28 hours on the road
Total/person: 2,350 $ for 15 days
Lodging: 1,500 $/pp for 15 days, flights : 650 $/pp
Local transport (rent a car): 200 $/pp
SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT
315 km/4 hours
LAKE TAHOE TO
LASSEN VOLCANIC NP
SAN FRANCISCO TO
GOOD TO KNOW
VisitCalifornia is a very good website to plan your vacation and road trips in California (available in about 10 languages).
www.roadtrippin.fr is an excellent french website to help you plan all your road trips in the US National Parks.
We chose to spent most of our nights in rentals, it is cheaper than hotels, you have more space and you can cook (and eat healthier!). VRBO is, from our point of view, the best website for vacation rentals.
End of June was the perfect time to go to Yosemite, it’s not too crowded. It is sometimes a little too early for Lassen Volcanic Park as there still can be a lot of snow (we couldn’t do some of our planned hikes because of it), but on the other hand it was great to see all this snow.
It can be very foggy in San Francisco and on the Northern Californian coast in the summer…
Mount Shasta is mindblowing, if we had to do this trip again, we would stay 3 or 4 nights.
Be aware of the wildlife and especially the bears in the parks.