14 night USA road trip for just £750 each (total £3003) including flights, hotels and car hire @ Booking.com
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14 night USA road trip for just £750 each (total £3003) including flights, hotels and car hire @ Booking.com

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Posted 22nd Jun
This deal is based on 4 people flying out from London Gatwick on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 into San Francisco and returning from Los Angeles on Tuesday 17th March back into Gatwick. This trip includes staying at various locations between and including San Francisco and LA.

This trip is flexible and easy to play around with, I’ve only suggest places to stay and durations however you can easily cater it to your needs and preferences!

This is one of my favourite road trips, Pacific coast highway or highway 1. There are so many places to see and things to do, you can go whale watching, walking in national parks, relaxing on the beach, site seeing in the cities, enjoying one of LA’s many theme parks and going on studio tours, just to name a few.

Suggested Itinerary

3 nights San Francisco
1 night Santa Cruz
1 night Monterey
1 night San Simeon
1 nights Pismo Beach
2 nights Santa Barbara
2 nights Santa Monica
3 nights LA

Hotels

The hotels I’ve chosen all have good reviews, good locations and most importantly free parking! There is plenty of cheaper accommodation if you don’t mind staying in hostels, also the hotels I’ve chosen all have good reviews, there are plenty of cheaper options which are less rated. All hotels have 4 people sharing one room so make sure you go with friends who you don’t mind sharing a bed with!

San Francisco- Coventry Motor Inn
Santa Cruz - Best Western Inn
Monterey Bay - Travelodge
San Simeon - San Simeon Lodge
Pismo Beach - Beachwalker Inn and Suites
Santa Barbara - Agarve Inn
Santa Monica - Santa Monica Motel
LA - Hollywood Inn Suites Hotel.

Car Hire

The car I’ve initially chosen is a Ford Focus however I’ve also included in the prices and screen shots how much it’d cost to do this in a Ford Mustang as from doing previous similar deals I know many people love to do road trips in a Mustang! It is an extra £100pp for the Mustang. Personal preference, I don’t mind what I drive so I always go for the cheaper option! The one way fee is included in the total price of the car hire.

Luggage

The flights include 10kg hand luggage each. If you require more it is £70 for each 20kg bag return, again personal preference, I cram everything into my hand luggage!

Price breakdown

Flights booked through Norwegian - £1179.20

Car hire booked through EasyRentcars (car hire company Thrifty) Via Skyscanner - £279.81

San Francisco hotel booked through TripAdvisor - £391.98

Santa Cruz hotel booked through Agoda - £80.61

Monterey bay hotel booked through Agoda - £110.26

San Simeon hotel booked through Booking.com - £60.63

Pismo Beach hotel booked through Booking.com - £84

Santa Barbara hotel booked through Hotels.com - £251.68

Santa Monica hotel booked through Agoda - £269.40 (need to pay £27.28 upon arrival resort fee)

LA hotel booked through Booking.com - £295

Total price each - £750.65

Total price - £3002.57

Total price each including Mustang - £849

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Heat just for the fact you selected a Convertible Mustang
Ah, highway 1, absolutely amazing!!!
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Ah, highway 1, absolutely amazing!!!
Great price voted hot
Heat just for the fact you selected a Convertible Mustang
NAZ1722/06/2019 12:45

Heat just for the fact you selected a Convertible Mustang


Totally agree drove one from Vancouver to Montreal I didn't want to give it back!!
Would go for this but just for 2 of us.
Good effort! With the crappy value of the £ these days that's a decent budget trip. PCH drive in a mustang is one of the best drives and you've included peeve of stop offs to enjoy each area, heat.
Heat for the effort. 👏
Great effort.
Heat for the effort put into this deal. I've done PCH from San Francisco to San Diego and it's amazballs. Deffo one to do before you die.
Edited by: "stuart_75" 22nd Jun
Excellent effort, thank you. Food for thought for next years hols. Sounds amazing but, as per nick77777 would be doing it as a couple and maybe a bit later? Don't know how much that will change the cost.
I've been planning out a road trip like this (slightly long drives to fit in a couple of nights at Las Vegas).

For Santa Monica and LA, you might be better served combining those into a single central hotel. With a central hotel you can be <30 minutes away from Santa Monica, Hollywood and Anaheim and have more flexibility.
Did pretty much this same trip about 18 years ago, but the other direction LA to SF.
We did it in about 10 days, but had more time in SF, you can easily do LA to SF in 4-5 without rushing and having 4 nights in stopovers along the way.
There are loads of cheap motels along the way if you are on a budget, we got a free paper on the route, which had half price coupons for hotels/motels in it
Had a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 3.0 V6, it was ace, the only way to do PCH !! We went at the end of March, nice and warm in LA a bit cooler in SF (it gets a bit of sea fog at times). My all time favourite trip. If you have never done this trip, and are thinking about it, just do it !
I’ve done Monterey to San Diego to Kings Canyon/Yosemite to San Francisco great holiday. Driving on the motorways in LA is like being in a game of Mariokart
Heat just for the amount of effort put into your post.
Bucket list stuff for me as well. An American road trip, with some American muscle.
Good effort. Great price for flights and car hire.

Did Vancouver to LA earlier this year, then on to Yosemite > Vegas > Phoenix. I didn't pay much more than this for the whole month(excluding food), but then you're probably using much better hotels than I did. Highly recommend the trip.
Some of the pacific coast hotels you have are a bit close together unless someone wants to spend a lot of time lying on the beach or visiting every state park and town centre - in my opinion it isn't necessary as the drive itself is actually pretty quick with plenty of good sights to stop off for an hour or two.
You don't really need to stay in both LA and Santa Monica either, it's about a 20 minute drive from downtown(warning - expensive parking), or an hour on the metro. Depends where you're staying but the LA metro is pretty much the worst urban metro system I've ever been on.
I'd recommend the El Castell in Monterey as a good budget option (clean, comfortable, with a nice indoor heated pool!).
I’m reading this from my own California trip and am in Santa Cruz at the moment. Great price and good effort on your post. Only thing you need to factor in also is the cost of living over here, it is so expensive! Supermarkets (Safeway and Trader Joe’s) charge outrageous prices. $4 for packet of crisps, $2 for pint of milk, $7 for sandwich. Eating out and any other recreational activitys’ are equally as bad. Not a lot you can do about it you’ve just got to go with the flow but it’s an idea to bear this in mind.
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Great trip, i did it in may this year. I was lucky to book flights about 8 months on advance heathrow to LAX return for about 400pp including 2 cabin bags.

I would recommend getting a mustang if its only £200 more.

In terms of that route i would try add a couple days in san diego and maybe take 1 out of LA and maybe one out of santa barbara.

Id agree with the generally high cost of living/eating and terrible £ to $ conversion currently (about 1.22). Think it cost me about £2000 for 18 days (2 people)
Edited by: "BuffMan" 22nd Jun
Would this be suitable to do with kids?, they would be 12 & 8 by the time trip came round. They would love this as youngest has list of places he'd love to go and LA is on it. Thanks
Love road trips in California. It's huge, and so interesting. Couple of years ago we did LA, San Fran., Napa, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley, Vegas, Hoover Dam, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon back to LA through Vegas. I think it was 16 days - never felt rushed, roads were fine apart from LA and central San Fran.
Great effort dude.
TimmyD22/06/2019 23:15

Would this be suitable to do with kids?, they would be 12 & 8 by the time …Would this be suitable to do with kids?, they would be 12 & 8 by the time trip came round. They would love this as youngest has list of places he'd love to go and LA is on it. Thanks


Has you consider a camper (RV)? We did ours in a camper picked up from ApolloRV in San Francisco, driving down highway 1, stopping at Carmel, Big Sur, etc all the way down to Pismo Beach then in-land to Yosemite Park then back to San Fran, 7 days in total.

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Thanks for sharing @BlueSkies we have added this to today's Highlights
Highway 1 is surprisingly dull and over-rated.

I would also recommend that anyone doing this sort of trio doesn't book hotels in advance. There is plenty of availability and it gives you the possibility of extra cheap walk in rates, as well as giving better flexibility.
Amazing deal would love to do it if for one I had more than 1 friend who could afford it lol they always seem skint! And asking my gf it would cost me double because again she’s skint... makes me feel guilty I have spare money from the overtime I do lol. Oh well one day!!
Did a similar thing last year, but went on Amtrak. It was such great fun. Did it for a month and stayed in Motels from the West Coast to the East Coast.
clarke2025/06/2019 20:16

Amazing deal would love to do it if for one I had more than 1 friend who …Amazing deal would love to do it if for one I had more than 1 friend who could afford it lol they always seem skint! And asking my gf it would cost me double because again she’s skint... makes me feel guilty I have spare money from the overtime I do lol. Oh well one day!!


Ah....your problems are solved........haha don't worry, I wouldn't expect you to take some random bloke away on holiday.

I meant I'll look after your girlfriend whilst your away !
mr.plow25/06/2019 20:43

Ah....your problems are solved........haha don't worry, I wouldn't expect …Ah....your problems are solved........haha don't worry, I wouldn't expect you to take some random bloke away on holiday.I meant I'll look after your girlfriend whilst your away !



Bud if you could deal with loudest snoring imaginable then you would deserve to and we’re talking within minutes all night. not to mention the sex drive of a sloth... not really selling her am I but at least I’m honest.
Is a mustang really classed as four seats? Surely the rear must be tiny. 2+2 at best
daver7724/06/2019 09:26

Has you consider a camper (RV)? We did ours in a camper picked up from …Has you consider a camper (RV)? We did ours in a camper picked up from ApolloRV in San Francisco, driving down highway 1, stopping at Carmel, Big Sur, etc all the way down to Pismo Beach then in-land to Yosemite Park then back to San Fran, 7 days in total.https://www.apollorv.com/[Image]


Sounds interesting.. While you could save on hotels,.. I'm not much for camping or caravans.. Prefer comfort of hotels even if it costs a bit more. 😜. Plus I'm quite liking sound of a mustang haha
cynikill25/06/2019 20:54

Is a mustang really classed as four seats? Surely the rear must be tiny. …Is a mustang really classed as four seats? Surely the rear must be tiny. 2+2 at best


Hopefully it's fit the kids in back. .

What would cost of eating out all the time be like? Surely be able to find cheap places along the way
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£120!
cynikill25/06/2019 20:54

Is a mustang really classed as four seats? Surely the rear must be tiny. …Is a mustang really classed as four seats? Surely the rear must be tiny. 2+2 at best


The Mustang is an amazing car, BUT the 2 back seats are only really suitable for 2 small children if you are going any distance. Also you will be lucky to get no more than 2 cases in the boot
That been said, it really is the way to travel in the USA, absolutely amazing experience, and if possible upgrade to the GT. Had one as part of my midlife crisis, roof down, sport mode, listen to the roar and hold on for dear life.
Amazing, something I will remember for ever.
Happy days
Awesome deal! Would definitely not do it in a Mustang, but the trip is amazing. Would love similar but going north.
Don’t be put off by driving in the US. it’s so much easier than the UK. Weirdly, the undertaking law works really well (you can undertake). Around LA there are ‘carpool lanes’ where any car with 1 or more passengers can use and these really save time, most people drive solo over there! Also the turning right on a red light rule is awesome!
Heat for the effort ! Amazing deal !
davidrowlands8925/06/2019 21:17

Don’t be put off by driving in the US. it’s so much easier than the UK. Wei …Don’t be put off by driving in the US. it’s so much easier than the UK. Weirdly, the undertaking law works really well (you can undertake). Around LA there are ‘carpool lanes’ where any car with 1 or more passengers can use and these really save time, most people drive solo over there! Also the turning right on a red light rule is awesome!


I would love to have the confidence in driving in America, just for some reason in my head I think it will be tough and not used to left hand drive or the wrong side or getting it wrong somewhere lol. Been driving 7 years now in the UK and would love to at least try els
Can we get all that booked at once? Or do we have to book separately?
Heat for the effort
clarke2025/06/2019 21:53

I would love to have the confidence in driving in America, just for some …I would love to have the confidence in driving in America, just for some reason in my head I think it will be tough and not used to left hand drive or the wrong side or getting it wrong somewhere lol. Been driving 7 years now in the UK and would love to at least try els


I was nervous as hell the first time but you get used to it really fast. It's all right angle turns and the roads are designed so that you can u-turn with ease.

You stop thinking about the "right" side of the road very quickly, given that 90% of your driving is on roads with central reservations and a steady stream of traffic, it's very difficult to forget .
abigsmurf25/06/2019 22:13

I was nervous as hell the first time but you get used to it really fast. …I was nervous as hell the first time but you get used to it really fast. It's all right angle turns and the roads are designed so that you can u-turn with ease. You stop thinking about the "right" side of the road very quickly, given that 90% of your driving is on roads with central reservations and a steady stream of traffic, it's very difficult to forget .



You forget it so much that I ended up driving on the right side of the road in my local Tesco car park the day after i got back! Just remember that Stop signs are EVERYWHERE and you must stop at each one, and also you can turn right on red lights, unless theres a sign saying otherwise. The rest is pretty simple!
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