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California Road Trip

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by panthro, 9 Jul 2006.

  1. panthro


    Joined: 19 Nov 2004

    Posts: 11,906

    Location: Wokingham

    My friend and I have decided that we want to go on a road trip from the top of California to the bottom. Is it possible to plan something like this to be able to go in 1 months time? How long would it take to get from one end to the other while taking in some sights and having a relaxing drive?
    He has just passed his ATPL and we (or rather he) plan to do a bit of flying out there too.
    Does anyone have any tips for planning a trip like this? Cheers :)
  2. BrenOS


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,267

    Location: The Castle

    Von Smallhousen did this last year iirc.

    IMO would probably be best to fly and then hire.
  3. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 19,837

    Location: Екатеринбург

    I'm doing something similar in September. I'm flying to Toronto where I'm hiring a Dodge Magnum for a fortnight. I'm just going to drive around SE Canada and NE USA, hopefully taking in places like New York, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Montreal. Ottawa etc...

    If you're going to hire a car, make sure you read the small print very carefully. A lot of hire companies have restrictions on mileage and ridiculous insurance excesses should you prang it. It took me about a month to find a decent hire car package as I'll only be 21 when I do the trip and I wanted a big car with decent insurance cover.

    Don't restrict yourself with time. Leave yourself plenty so you don't have to rush around. Most important of all, make sure you have a blast :cool:
  4. Heliospherez


    Joined: 3 Jan 2004

    Posts: 3,490

    Location: At Home

    As was said....don't limit your time.....you will have a ball.

    And if you can, visit Arizona too.... Phoenix is amazing.... and has changed my whole view of America. The people were great...the temps were up round 117 (47degrees) at the start of June (the hotter the better for me) - it was that hot, I stepped out of my hire car onto the tarmac, and the glue on the insoles of my trainers melted & I had to take them out.....I'm surprised more people don't travel there. Even my air-con was struggling.

    If you can handle it - the temps get up around 123f (51degrees to us) sometimes in June - absolutely crazy heat - but I love it ;)
    Last edited: 10 Jul 2006
  5. [email protected]*nG


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,428

    what insurance company is this as i'm interested in doing a similar road trip myself?

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  6. dougguk


    Joined: 7 Mar 2006

    Posts: 136

    I drove from New York to Los Angeles and then up to San Francisco a few years ago. Best 2 weeks ever!! Grand Canyon and Las Vegas are a must!! Oooh and the hoover dam.

    I did the Auto Drive Away thing where you get the car for free and just pay for petrol :D

    LA is a run down hole of a place in my opinion though. Hated it there!!
  7. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 19,837

    Location: Екатеринбург

    The car hire company is called Thirfty (http://www.thrifty.com/) but I booked it through http://www.atlaschoice.com/ as there was about £150 cheaper to do so.
    I went for the Thrifty Gold Plus package with the damage excess waiver. It seems to be the most comprehensive cover I can get at my age on a car the size of the Magnum.
    Last edited: 10 Jul 2006
  8. Curio


    Joined: 14 Mar 2004

    Posts: 8,024

    Location: Brit in the USA

    I did a road trip all around the USA (quite literally - started in NY, loop around the country, end in NY) with my mates a few years ago (before I actually moved over here) and it was a piece of cake in terms of the planning. We went for about 3 months and only planned it all in 1 month :)

    Most of the time we did the Holiday Inn Express tour. We joined their "select club" type thing. They take your details (including credit card) and you just get an account number - so it takes like two seconds to book anywhere. Then you get a huge directory with all the Holiday Inn's inside - there's one off pretty much every interstate exit so you cannot possibly go wrong :) It's quick, easy and cheap.

    For car hire we used National. Some of the others charge a bomb if you're dropping the car off in a different place to where you hired it from. National had no charge for that at all. Might all be different now of course.

    Basically, the US is the land of convenience. You can pretty much just land and go. You will not struggle to find a place to sleep or eat I can promise you :)
  9. Larnica

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Jul 2006

    Posts: 1,512


    Two years ago me and my family went from:

    San Fransisco
    Grand Canyon
    Las Vegas

    Pretty much going from top to bottom of california, we did this over 2 weeks, mainly spending a few nights in each part, infact, the last day we went from Las Vegas to San Fransisco in one day, I think we did about 1000 miles :D
  10. NokkonWud


    Joined: 1 Oct 2004

    Posts: 26,314

    Location: Redcar

    If you are going near California, do yourself a favour, drive straight to Vegas and stay there.
  11. kitten_caboodle


    Joined: 21 Jul 2005

    Posts: 5,463

    Location: Frack off, nosey

    Nevada then :)

    It's about a 8-10 hour drive and it's about 600 miles... i guess you took the scenic route :p

    If you're travelling to LA, it's best to head to Vegas from there or vice versa - only 6 hours or so then and you can stop in Santa Barbara on the way. :)
    Last edited: 10 Jul 2006
  12. panthro


    Joined: 19 Nov 2004

    Posts: 11,906

    Location: Wokingham

    Thanks for all your replies :D

    I will check out the car hire recommendations and read up on holidays inns. Thanks!