Hi there. I am Canadian thus the weak dollar and would like to travel in California for 2.5 weeks. In terms of prices I was startled, they are really high. I will be travelling with two young children so couch surfing may not be the best option. Airbnb seems expensive too. Where to? San Fran, Napa, Carmel, Saratoga springs, big sur, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles near the coast as in Torrence or Santa Monica. Any help on options? I see roach motels of over 150 US that's a lot! I don't like roaches!
I'm planning to stay near Yosemite NP from May 27-29 and in one of those two nights, I'd like to drive up to Glacier Point two shoot some milky way photos as it rises righthand of Half Dome (between 10pm and 1am) if conditions permit. Lateron that night, I'd like to hike halfway down the 4 Mile Trail to be at a scenic spot where I have a reverse tunnel view, to get some sunrise photos as the first sunbeams strike the walls to the west.
As I will be travelling on my own, is there a significant danger of mountain lion or bear encounters when I'm alone? Where could I look for other people/photographers who might be interested to join my plans?
Youngish, active retirees looking to leave snowy East Coast for southern California next winter (Jan-Feb) for about 3 weeks, Possibly plan on renting via VRBO or similar or possibly suite hotels and visit from San Diego to Santa Barbara. (hope to do Big Sur, SF, etc on another trip). Interests are usual sights, museums, towns, (but not the silly touristy stuff) in the warmer weather. Question is whether to try to stay in one, two, or even three locations?? Is a base near LA workable with day trips, or even 2-3 nights stays north and south, or some other plan? Thoughts, please?
I am due to enter the park from the east from Mammoth Falls on the 30th May and getting a little anxious it may not still be open. I have seen the Tioga pass update and it has not changed since the 6th May, but this also shows me that the Glacier Point has opened, looking at historic dates Tioga pass normally opens not too long after. Is this a fair assumption and can anyone say from experience if they think it will open in May?
wanting to drive to lake Tahoe from vegas scenic route through death valley staying overnight part way in July.
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