Firstly, may I say I'm 100% new to forums, so please forgive any improper etiquette and attribute to this being my first ever question!
I've been scouring some of the pages and there are clearly a great number of people with a vast amount of knowledge on the area I am interested in, so hopefully someone will be able to help.
Myself and five friends, all guys, all mid-twenties and all from England (I'm actually Welsh and, yes, I will insist on splitting hairs), are looking to realise a dream we've had for years by doing a stretch of the Pacific coast during April of this year by car(s) or RV. We have friends in San Diego so would like to start there, and have found some good flight deals out of San Francisco, so it would be great if we could finish up there.
What we're ideally looking for is a mix of lovely coastal stretches and scenery, wildlife (national parks? although i hear they may be closed due to snow?) and ample opportunity to park up for the night and go for a few cold ones! It would be great to meet Americans our own age along the way, although we're not necessarily looking for clubbing Meccas; buzzy little towns would do just fine!
The idea of a hiring a big RV sounds great and also seems quite cost effective, although I understand that it can be quite difficult to book get the larger ones booked in, campsites along the scenic route between San D and San F get booked up pretty early? So, two cars could be an option.
Budget wise, we conservatively have around £1500 ($2,460) each and we can get flights for around £650, which leaves us with around $1,300 each for the two weeks. While we don't want this to be a super-cheap student trip, we will happily do things economically.
Also, I seem to hear conflicting things regarding the weather in this part of the world during April? I appreciate that California has a fair few microclimates, so what would one expect for a predominantly coastal route between San Diego and San Francisco?
Additionally, we'd be open to suggestions of detours inland for things worth seeing!
Any help and suggestions would be much appreciated. We really are going around in circles at the moment!