LAILA’S TRIP TO CALIFORNIA

16 NIGHTS/8 STOPS 

 

A Taste of Everything: from city to mountains

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We wanted to discover the southern part of California during summer 2016. We were amazed by the variety of landscapes and the continuously deep blue sky that we experienced during the two and a half weeks. We could travel from high mountain landscapes to the desert in 3 hours, or experience the lively Venice beach in the morning and western atmosphere east of Los Angeles in the afternoon. We mixed lodging facilities from hotels to house & RV rentals. Yosemite, even though it is crowded, is a must-see.
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NEW YORK – SAN FRANCISCO
LOS ANGELES-NEW YORK
5,5 hours direct flight
$460 per person
RENTAL CARS – UBER
1600 km in 18 days
23 hours on the road – 7 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
$1900 / pp for 16 nights all included
$900 /pp for 16 days (without breakfast)
$140 /pp for rental car & taxis
$400 for RV rental for 7 days /pp
$460 /pp 
 
Variety of scenery
Yosemite National Park
From desert to mountains in 3 h
LA and San Francisco City trip
 
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Lodging and activities
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RV rental: good to know
– We rented a RV for one week through www.cruiseamerica.com, starting from San Francisco. We returned the RV in Los Angeles. An extra fee of 200$ was charged to pick up and drop off at a location.

– The RV was basic. Don’t expect tons of kitchen utensil or comfortable bedding linen.
– We rented a 30 feet RV for our family of 5. The size was perfect. I would not have taken a bigger one as most of the campsites accept
no RV bigger than 30 feet.

– If we had to rent a RV again we would probably use another company even though more expensive: Road Bear RV  for example.

A snapshot

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Uber & Rental RV
1000 miles/1600 km in 18 days
23 hours on the road/7 stops
Stop 1, 2 & 8: Uber and rental car
Stop 3 to 7: RV Rental
1GrnCircleAIRPORT TO
 SAN FRANCISCO
 

40 miles/1h
San Francisco
2GrnCircle
 SAN FRANCISCO TO
SONOMA VALLEY
 

50 miles/1h30
Sonoma Valley
3GrnCircle
 SAN FRANCISCO TO
YOSEMITE VALLEY
 

160 miles/4h
Yosemite
4GrnCircle
YOSEMITE VALLEY TO
MAMMOTH LAKES
 

100 miles/2h30
Mammoth Lakes
5GrnCircle
MAMMOTH LAKES TO
RED ROCK CANYON SP
 

190 miles/3h
Red Rock Canyon
6GrnCircle
RED ROCK CANYON TO
OCEANO DUNES
 

200 miles/3h30
Oceano Dunes
7GrnCircle
OCEANO DUNES
MALIBU BEACH
 

150 miles/2h40
Malibu beach
8GrnCircle
MALIBU BEACH TO
VENICE BEACH
 

20 miles/0h40
Venice Beach

GOOD TO KNOW

  • California can also be cold. In August, San Francisco is foggy in the morning and at sunset. Don’t forget sweaters and jumpers. In Mammoth mountains the nights are really cold even though temperatures are high during the day. Venice beach has a perfect day temperature but the ocean can be cold. Plan to bring a wetsuit for water activities.
  • When you take the ferry from Sausalito to the Ferry Building in San Francisco:  don’t arrive last minute for the ferry. The line was long
  • Foresee enough water when you are hiking in Yosemite NP. Bring good hiking shoes as well as a backpack. This is important to plan in your holiday luggage.
  • You should plan a one day trip to drive from Yosemite Valley to Mammoth Lake. There are many things to see on the way. Check “what we did section” for #4
  • Camping site: we preferred all state/national parks campgrounds vs private owned campgrounds. You will enjoy more natural surroundings, in the woods or the desert, not a RV parking on the asphalt, a real campsite!
  • In Malibu, we would have stayed at Point Mugu state Park campground. It is a very nice RV campground on road 1, straight on the beach. Much cheaper than the one we stayed in in Malibu