HELENE’S TRIP TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

15 DAYS/7 STOPS 

 

Mountains, volcanoes and the Pacific Coast!

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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.
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NEW YORK – SAN FRANCISCO
5 hours – direct flight
$550 per person
RENTAL CARS
2225 km in 15 days
28 hours on the road – 7 stops

 

AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
$2350 / pp for 10 nights all included
$1500 /pp for 15 days (without breakfast)
$200 /pp for rental car & taxis
$550 /pp for rental car & taxis
 
2 hidden germs of Northern California
Mount Shasta Lassen Volcanic Park
 Lassen Volcanic Park
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Lodging and activities
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A snapshot

A snapshot

1GrnCircleSAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO
YOSEMITE NP



315 km/4 hours

Yosemite

YOSEMITE NP TO
LAKE TAHOE



340 km/4h30

Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE TO
LASSEN  NP



250 km/3h15

Lassen Volcanic NP

LASSEN VOLCANIC NP TO
MOUNT SHASTA



215 km/2h30

Mount Shasta

MOUNT SHASTA TO
FORT BRAGG



420 km/5h15
Fortbragg

FORT BRAGG TO
SAN FRANCISCO



280 km/4h15
San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO TO
MONTEREY



150 km/1h30
Monterey

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.