1st of October is almost here you probably can’t wait to hit the road in your final Work & Travel trip. Would it be best to pay an agency to take you to these places or should you plan it together with some friends? Can you spend less than $1,000? How many days do you need to stay in order to see everything? Do you really need to take all your luggage with you?
If you are planning to see California Coast in your final Work & Travel trip, you can take some inspiration from my planning from 2 years ago. I organized this trip together with 6 other friends and perhaps you can do the same.
Curious to see what your trip can look like?
OK, but how can you make this happen without an agency? Apply these tricks!
The accommodation trick which will save your $ – !only possible in the USA!
Everybody is asking me about this one, but it is very hard to follow my strategy. This is because I was working at The Ritz-Carlton and as a former employee I had discounts at all Marriot hotels across the country. We could get a double room with 2 full-size beds for $100-$120. But there is a trick we did and you can also try to do if you have the guts.
The USA has big hotels. And when I say big, I mean many, many doors and backdoors. So the way to do it is: at check-in, always go 2 of you. Ask for your room, give 4 passports. Sometimes they don’t require all passports. Once you check-in, get all the luggage inside and look for the pool doors/backyard doors. You’ll have a key that works for everything! Get your friends inside on the back doors :) Or if you are with your sister/brother you can get them inside on the front door. Americans can’t tell the difference between sisters/brothers and twins. A little adrenaline never hurt anybody and a $120 room can be $20/ person. Those beds are huge and you can sleep horizontally.
Ok. Now that you have my trick for cheap accommodation in the USA, let’s start the itinerary.
1. San Franciso
Start your trip in this beautiful city, where you need at least 2 days. Don’t miss a trip with the tram, Lombard Street, Pier 66, Alcatraz, The Painted Ladies and the one and only Golden Gate.
2. Santa Cruz Broadwalk
4. Pfeiffer Beach Recreational Area with Keyhole Arch
5. McWay Falls, Big Sur
6. Piedras Blancas
7. Santa Maria and Santa Barbara
9. El Matador Beach, Malibu
9. Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey
10. Los Angeles
Visit the Kodak Theatre, walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, check out the Santa Monica Pier, drive down Sunset Boulevard and stroll down Rodeo Drive. You could check out the awesome views of the Hollywood sign from Griffith Observatory, visit Universal Studios or go on a stars homes tour. For the Holywood sign, you need to ask the locals how to get there as the Google pin doesn’t have the correct pin and it will take you in the wrong direction.
11. Disneyland near Los Angeles
We spent a day here and it was the highlight of the trip. $ 100 entrance so you have to choose if you want to visit the Universal Studios or Disneyland. It can get really expensive to do both.
12. San Diego
This will be your southern endpoint on the West Coast. You can go to Balboa Park, Downtown and Old Town. Make your way up to the Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma and you’ll get an incredible view of San Diego and the Bay. The perfect way to end your trip. You can also visit San Diego Sea World, which is a combination of a zoo, dolphins and whales show with other extreme rides on water rollercoasters.
13. Las Vegas
Reserve 2-3 days for this one :)
14. Grand Canyon
Make sure you drive Route 66, see the Hoover Dom and spend a day in Grand Canyon. This is actually the best part of the trip for the ones passionate about nature and landscapes.
Not heading to the West Coast? You can learn more about some other trips you can make after your Work & Travel program:
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- 4 Days Camping Trip in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks
- 4 Days in National Arches Park, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley & Horseshoe Bend
- 10 Things Not to Miss in New York City