California Dreaming

With things up in the air at the moment with a member of our tremendous trio, I’ve been spending more time looking at mine and Adam’s 18-months around Asia and Australasia than focusing on our month-long adventure in Western USA this time next year. But, after a friend who’s looking to fly down from Canada (where he’s moving to at the end of next month) to join us asked after it at this weekend’s wedding, I’ve been looking to revisit our plans.

Below is what we’ve put together so far. What do you think?

Day 1: Fly into LAX, before heading down to San Diego, CA via either the coast train or car

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Day 2: San Diego, CA

Day 3: San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA

Day 4:  LA to San Bernardino, CA (basically because I really want to stay at the Wigwam Motel)

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Day 5: San Bernardino, CA to Palm Springs, CA

san bern to palm springs

Day 6: Palm Springs, CA to Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ (via Joshua Tree National Park)

palm springs to grand canyon

Day 7: Grand Canyon, AZ

Day 8: Gran Canyon, AZ to Las Vegas, NV

grand canyon to LV

Day 9: Las Vegas, NV

Day 10: Las Vegas, NV

Day 11: Las Vegas, NV to Death Valley, CA

LV to death valley

Day 12: Death Valley, CA to Yosemite National Park, CA

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Day 13: Yosemite National Park, CA

Day 14: Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe, CA

yosemite to tahoe

Day 15: South Lake Tahoe, CA to Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

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Day 16: Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA to Takilma, OR (to stay at Out N About Treesort!)


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Day 17: Takilma, OR to , CAtakilma to jedediah redwood park.png

Day 18:  Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, CA to Fort Bragg, CA

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Day 19: Fort Bragg, CA to Bodega Bay, CA

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Day 20: Bodega Bay, CA to San Francisco, CA

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Day 21: San Francisco, CA

Day 22: San Francisco, CA to Santa Cruz

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Day 23: Santa Cruz, CA to Big Sur, CA

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Day 24: Big Sur, CA to Cambria, CA

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Day 25: Cambria, LA to Los Angeles, CA

cambria to LA

Day 26: Los Angeles, CA


Plus we have up to four spare days to play with!

We’d appreciate any recommendations for…

  • Where to spend longer?
  • Anywhere to sped less time?
  • Good places to stay?
  • Good places to visit?
  • Things not to miss?
  • Anywhere not to bother with?

Especially from any locals! 


4 thoughts on “California Dreaming

  1. Wow! That’s a lot to do in a month! I’m afraid I don’t know that area of the United States very well, so I don’t have any good recommendations, but I look forward to reading about your adventures.


    1. Haha. We like to squeeze a lot in! When we did Europe last year we did about 12 countries in about three weeks! But Adam’s pushing it getting that much holiday in one go as it is. That’s why were looking forward to havAhh, I was hoping you’d have some tips for me ;). Though I am aware (now more than ever) of how vast USA is. My friends are doing a week in new york and a week in San Francisco for their honeymoon and I don’t think they realised the flight between the two is almost the same as the flight from the UK! Loved your post on Shakespeare in the park BTW. It sounds amazing!

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      1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the Shakespeare post – it was such a fun event. It is true that the U.S. is vast – I’ve been to 35 states, but not many in the West. I have visited San Francisco before. I really enjoyed going out to Alcatraz, the site of the old prison. And I also recommend having freshly steamed Dungeness Crab at Fisherman’s Wharf, if you like seafood. Don’t spend the money on it at a sit-down restaurant though, as the prices are very high. The real experience is getting one at one of the outdoor places, and then standing at a tall outdoor table eating it. Messy but delicious! Aside from that, I’m afraid I have no other suggestions.

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