CAROLINE’S TRIP TO CALIFORNIA
8 NIGHTS/5 STOPS
The Pacific Coast Highway 1 from San Diego to San Francisco
Caroline’s Travel Profile
The family of 4 lives in New York and are moving back to France this summer (2017)
Happy mum of Louis 11 years and Lucie 9 years.
She likes to find new adresses by herself and to discover restaurants spontaneously during her travel. She loves interior design and photography.
After having lived 4 years on the East Coast in NY, Caroline and her family didn’t want to leave the US without visiting the iconic cities of the US Pacific coast. They organized a 10 days family road trip from San Diego to San Francisco. They were amazed by the beautiful coastline, its cliffs that blend into the sea, the small creeks and the amazing sunsets along their way. They were more impressed by the beautiful coastline drive than by the cities itself. They loved the variety of landscapes, from the coastline to the dunes and to the very green in lands and hilly vineyards. They stayed mainly in Marriot hotels as they wanted to use their loyalty points. They would have chosen more charming hotels otherwise.
NEW YORK – SAN DIEGO
SAN FRANCISCO – NEW YORK
5,5 hours direct flight
950 km in 10 days
10 hours on the road – 5 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL: $1660 / pp for 8 nights all included
$1000 /pp for 8 nights (without breakfast)
$200 /pp for Rental car SUV
$460 /pp for rental car & taxis
Pacific coast sunset
The trendy Gaslamp area in San Diego
La Bicyclette: a very charming restaurant in Carmel
Los angeles/Santa Monica
10 km/20 min
SAN DIEGO TO
220 km/ 3h
SANTA MONICA TO
PISMO BEACH TO
260 km / 3h
GOOD TO KNOW
Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and Beverly hills are a myth. It’s nice to see but there is nothing particular to visit. One hour is sufficient
Venice beach: very awkward atmosphere. Nice beaches with families on one side and murky crowd on the beach walkway on the other side.
With kids and teenagers, a one day trip to Universal Studio is a must. It’s really worth the budget. Front of the line ticket for Universal studio is highly recommended. Don’t spend your day in lines.
Maximun 3/4 nights in LA is enough.
We would have stayed 2 nights in Carmel by the sea to enjoy the beach instead of staying in Monterey.
Fisherman wharf is a real tourist trap, similar to Disneyland Paris. It is totally fake. Very disappointing.
We would have headed towards Tiburon instead of Sausalito for lunch when the crossed the Golden gate bridge.
Don’t forget to make a reservation for a good restaurant in SF a Friday evening.
Alcatraz: take your tickets on internet before hand.
It’s better to use Uber in San Francisco, rather than keeping your rental car.
We were happy to visit Los Angeles and San Francisco but we were a little bit disappointed by both cities. For Los Angeles: very wide, no real city atmosphere. San Fransisco: we preferred the surroundings than the city itself that was dirty and touristy.