What route are you taking ? which part of the year? Have you mapped out a route using maps.google.com ? Is this an overnight or are you looking to find a place for a few days ? What would you like to do there?
Have you read the top Questions on California on the right side of this web page?
We work best when the OP provides us a lot more info about, who,what when, why. Or we can just throw random suggestions but at the end of the day it is your vacation and not ours
Many like the idea of doing the coast and then heading to Yosemite and then down south to Lone Pine and then out of the state. There is a Top Question on this drive as well
Although Bryce (and Zion) are fantastic, they will be far out of your way.
As I mentioned -- Or we can just throw random suggestions but at the end of the day it is your vacation and not ours
Why Not ? Here is one
>>>some places that come to mind are Ojai, ca...palm springs, ca, bryce canyon
Off the top of my head , I would suggest :
OPTION ONE (southward down the coast highway)
Night 1 in Cambria, California (or in San Luis Obispo for less $$$) and
(google maps says it takes 3 hours 3 minutes from San Luis Obispo to Tehachapi and from Tehachapi to LAs Vegas is 3 and 1/2 hours)
OPTION TWO (add Santa Barbara after Cambria or San Luis Obispo, then to Tehachapi & Las Vegas AVOIDING LOS ANGELES)
If you want to add Santa Barbara after San Luis Opispo, that is quite do-able. Leaving Santa Barbara drive southward on Highway 101 to Ventura, CA. Drive east on Highway 126 through Santa Paula and Fillmore to Interstate 5 . . . then south on I-5 for 9 miles, then north on Highway 14, exit Pearblossom Highway (yep, I know that exact exit, and that is a good route!) Follow signage east to Barstow to Interstate 15 and on to Las Vegas.
NOTE: Pearblossom Highway is not a freeway. Some of it is divided highway. Once you get east of Palmdale, some of this highway could be just one lane each direction out through the desert, so drive very carefully and defensively -- headlights "ON" is a good idea on this route!
OPTION THREE (no coast highway)
From Monterey, spend the night in Tehachapi, California using either Highway 101 or Interstate 5 to Bakersfield, then east from Bakersfiled on 58 to Tehachapi. (google maps says it takes 4 and 1/2 hours using 101 or Interstate 5 from Monterey to Tehachapi and from Tehachapi to Las Vegas it is only 3 and 1/2 hours to Las Vegas.)
Are you totally confused now? I really hope not! Just fire up Google Maps on your computer, or whatever maps you use, and do the *GET DIRECTIONS* I chose Tehachapi because I think it is the best little town mid-way, in fact, we will be staying in Tehachapi on our way to Las Vegas from our home! There is quite a nice selection of hotels in Tehachapi (no offense to the good people who live in Mojave, California).
Hope this information helps and isnot confusing.Edited: 29 July 2013, 22:47
Oops . . . I did bad on OPTION TWO. I wrote above: OPTION TWO (add Santa Barbara after Cambria or San Luis Obispo, then to Tehachapi & Las Vegas AVOIDING LOS ANGELES)
I should have deletted Tehachapi on OPTION TWO.
I should have said:
OPTION TWO (add Santa Barbara after Cambria or San Luis Obispo, DELETE TEHACHAPI, and go direct to Las Vegas AVOIDING LOS ANGELES) Google maps says Santa Barbara to Las Vegas is 5 hours 15 minutes using Highway 126 and Interstate 15.
So sorry . . . must have been a senior moment!
Thanks for all your replies, it's given us a few ideas. We will be travelling July next year, planning to watch the MotoGp at Laguna Seca, then having a few days relaxing and possibly sight seeing before heading to Vegas
@Notafan - >>Once you get east of Palmdale, some of this highway could be just one lane each direction out through the desert<<
Nearly all of it is one lane each direction. The highway is just fine, it's the "idjits" driving on it who make it dangerous ;-)
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