Hello, I am in the very early stages of planning a trip to California from Dublin for my boyfriend and I in July 2014, but am a bit lost with planning the route & modes of transport. We want to start in San Fransisco and finish up in Las Vegas, so all I know for sure is that we will fly into San Fran on July 15th and leave Vegas by August 28th. So we have 6 weeks approx in total for this trip. I would like about a week in San Fran in the beginning to include a trip to Yosemite for a night or two during this time, and we would want about 5/6 nights in Vegas at the end including a trip to the Grand Canyon for 1 night. For the time inbetween I have been looking at traveling down the coast of California visiting a couple of towns/cities along the way for a few nights here and there. I like the sound of Monterey (we would absolutly love whale watching which ive read they do there) and we definitly want to spend some time in Los Angela's and see DisneyLand. We are fond of renting out bikes when we are away and floating around the place exploring(nothing too strenuous), would love to try out some watersports, we love food & we love our beer and nightlife. We are both passionate about live music also. We are both seasoned festival goers back home so it would be really cool to stuble across one while we are there.
We dont want to drive which i know limits us as I have been trying to get my head around Amtrak ticket prices and multi ride/multi city tickets with little luck. I emailed them about a week ago with no reply. A lot of the routes seem to exclude 'checked baggage' which isnt great seing as we will definitly have bags on each segment of the journey. Our budget is about €5000 but I can get a loan to top that up if im wildly underestimating costs. This figure excludes our flights there and back& Vegas accom. We are not fussy about hotel's, not looking for luxury, just clean safe, not too far from life accomodation is enough for us!
So I guess in short my questions are: Any suggestions for Itinery? Any help with public transport idea's so that we get value for money on rail/bus tickets? Budget estimate? (We are both in our late twenties by the way)
Thanks so much :-)