I have been in a planning FRENZY the past few weeks. Since making travel a priority, this seems to be my end-of-year routine. I’ve got an anniversary trip to plan, the family beach trip, at least one running event-based getaway, another mom-daughter trip (hopefully) and my favorite, the mother-son adventure.
Two years ago I started the mother-son tradition with a day trip to DC. I had a blast taking both boys and it calmed my fears about traveling with kids alone.
Last year the 8-year-old embarked on our first-ever rafting trip to Utah and it solidified my commitment to travel with my boys at least yearly.
Wanting them to take an active part in the tradition I asked the 8-year-old where he wanted to go next and to my surprise he said, “Hollywood!”
I decided to turn his suggestion for a one-city trip into a California Coastal Highway Adventure!
My plan is to fly us into Los Angeles, rent a car, explore Hollywood, and then leisurely drive up to San Francisco exploring as we go. I don’t want a really strict agenda, I just want to spend time with my son exploring the world.
But I know NOTHING of California.
So I started to dig around on Google and that’s when I stumbled on Roadtrippers.com.
This site is AMAZING!
You give it a start and a destination and it maps it like Google Maps.
Then you “Find Places”
And it overlays them on the map!
Too many choices? Limit your search with subcategories!
When you click on a point of interest you can see the name.
As you can see, you can add it your trip, but if you don’t know what it is you click again and voila!
Description, address, website link and my favorite, the “Rad-o-Meter!”
If you decide to add the point of interest to your trip, it adjusts your directions and lists it in your itinerary.
Am I the only one who finds this amazing!
I’ve been working on a loose itinerary for the CA trip on and off for days! Which reminds me, you can login with Facebook and save multiple trips.
Here’s what I have in store for us so far.
I’m not looking at this as a strict itinerary, more like options as we travel up the Pacific Coast.
Now to actually book airfare. I’ve been watching the rates hoping see a dip.
Any Californians have site seeing suggestions for us, I’m all ears!