When planning our California road trip we looked at several different routes. With multiple national parks, a sprawling coastline and beautiful cities, we found that we were spoilt for choice. But after lots of research and consideration here is what we consider to be the ultimate California road trip.
LA->Palm Springs->Joshua Tree National Park ->Las Vegas->Death Valley National Park->Sequoia National Park->Yosemite National Park->San Francisco-> Pacific Coast Highway/Highway One back to Los Angeles
Over the next few weeks I’ll be breaking down each section of the road trip and giving you the details on where to stay and what to do. In total the trip took 18 days so if you’ve got three weeks in California this is the perfect trip for you! It’s got the four components that make California so wonderful:
Cities-This trip goes to both LA and San Francisco, California’s two major cities. It also visits Las Vegas which isn’t in California, but consider it a bonus destination!
Sea- The drive along highway one is famous for being one of the most scenic drives in the US. You’ll see California’s beautiful coastline including Big Sur-a must visit for both surfers and animal lovers
Sand- California’s deserts are beautiful, dynamic and awe inspiring. On this trip you’ll visit Joshua Tree National Park where the Mojave Dessert meets the Colorado dessert, you’ll drive through the Mojave national preserve (one of our favourite drives of the whole holiday), and you’ll see Death Valley National Park-probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.
Trees- What would a trip to California be without seeing Yosemite National Park’s giant trees, tumbling waterfalls and granite peaks? Or a visit to Sequoia National Park to see the largest tree in the world?
California has everything you could ever want in a state, the difficult part is seeing it all! Hopefully our experience helps you create your own road trip.