We are a group of 3 Canadians (males, young 20s) looking to explore the west coast of the US for the first time. We are looking to go on a road trip from June 4-12 along the west coast but wanted to raise a few questions to anyone who might have done a similar trip.
Where should we begin from? Seattle > LA or LA > Seattle? I realize this might sound trivial to ask but I think it could impact the availability of the RV / SUV and the cost (I'm assuming it might be more expensive to rent an RV from LA to drive to Seattle, but that there could be more RV options to choose from in LA). In terms of interests, we definitely lean towards spending more time in LA, so I also feel like starting in LA and spending time there first would be better than if we were to get there last and realize we didn't have enough time left to explore.
To rent an RV or a Car? We don't necessarily have a budget so the cost isn't in consideration. I'm more so thinking about parking (in the city, anywhere, etc.), safety (is it safe to park in [any city along the way] in a parking lot), the hassles that come with an RV (none of us have been on an RV trip before), and the current availability to campgrounds.
Where should we stop by? We're outdoorsy but also like going out at night and socializing with others (can we find similarly aged people at an RV campground?). Would like some pointers on cities / parks / points of interest to stop by given our time frame of ~8 days.
Any tips are welcome! Thank you.