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road trip with family from SF to LA

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road trip with family from SF to LA

Trying to plan an itinery have 10 days in April for the drive .

There are 4 of us two girls aged 11 and 13

Would love to stay in a log cabin on route or similar any suggestions where best to do this.

Also suggestions for the route with ideas of how to split the 10 days would be great.

will spend some time in SF and LA but intend to spend a night in the following

Santa Cruz




Morroy Bay

Santa Barbara

Any other suggestions and recommendations would be great

First time in California


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1. Re: road trip with family from SF to LA

I'd suggest asking your question in the main California forum - many more people will see it and answer you. You'll also want to read the FAQ's in the California forum - there is a lot of information there about the LA/SF drive. Beverly Hills is a relatively small, though affluent, city in the Los Angeles area, which is but one of your stops.

Now, this certainly depends on your priorities but you've listed 6 towns for an overnight stop, which leaves you only 4 nights to split between the large San Francisco area and the very large Los Angeles area. So if you want a chance to really get a feel for those two major cities, you'd want to perhaps reverse this, so that you have 6 nights to split in the cities and 4 nights to do the drive, or 5/5.

People often do the drive in only 3 nights, staying in Monterey OR Carmel, then Cambria, and then Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, or Santa Barbara. I would probably do this and spend a 4th night in Santa Cruz.

Carmel and Monterey are right next to each other and the overall area is not large. Its a great area to spend more than one night if you have the time, but even if you only have one night here you'll be able to see a lot here.

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2. Re: road trip with family from SF to LA

If you go to the main California forum, you'll see this question is asked often and there is a Top Question about it. However, few do this over such a long stretch of time. I would take a look at the California Forum posts (there are many). But don't miss Santa Barbara, Big Sur, and Carmel/Monterey

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