Hi ! I intend traveling around Jun 15th to California for appx 10 days. This is our first trip to the west coast and would like to plan an itinerary from LA to San Francisco or SF to LA. Please suggest places were one should stay and the area. For E.g SF, Hotels in the centre are too expensive, Can one stay a little further away and still enjoy the city ? Suggestions for day trips from SF ? Or if its a must to stay in one of the scenic locations outside the city ? Are 3 to 4 days enough to do things around SF ? As we will be hiring a car we can be quite mobile. Can we add a little adventure to this trip ? Is it worth going to lake Tahoe ? Once we complete the north part we would be driving down south and can stop at places which could be suggested on this forum. Is Santa Babara worth staying or should one do a day trip from LA. We would end our trip in LA where we can spend another 3 days. Should one stay in San Diego for a night or do a day trip from LA ? Would really appreciate if someone could help me plan this trip.
Should SF be the base and travel around. Please suggest place or adjoining town with good connection to SF centre. I have a budget of USD 150 per night
Day 1 Take a city tour on the tram / cable car
Day 2 A day trip to Red Woods and then to Nappa ( should one stay overnight in Nappa ? )
Day 3 Visiting Google Campus with a friend who works there. Should be half a day trip from SF. Come back to the city or visit smaller place on the outskirts of SF ? Please suggest
Day 4 A day trip to Carmel ( Should one stay over night and then push off towards LA ? )
Day 5 Drive towards LA and then to Santa Barbara