Howdy, Mouseketeers! After listening to the Disneyland Podcast's Scenic Drive segment a few weeks ago, I was inspired to take a road trip of my own! This specific trip is just an idea in infancy that occurred to me yesterday. Since yesterday, I've been reading books and finding threads and websites related to an American West Coast tour. I've put together a skeleton of a trip and am thinking about doing this this year, which I will post below. Someday, I'd like to see the Redwoods, all of the National Parks, the ABD Backstage Magic Tour, the deserts, etc. I've wanted to see so much of the West, but upon realizing how vast it is, I think I'll have to stick to the coast for now. My questions: Does anyone have any comments or suggestions? This trip covers the coast, but are there any places anyone would suggest living? I won't be able to hit the inland cities of Modesto, Fresno, Sacramento, Bakersfield, etc. Can anyone comment on life and the cost of living here? Is this trip too ambitious for someone with limited time and resources? Should I tweak it? Modify it? Break it up? Change direction? Is it safe? Is this too expensive? I've already seen great ideas on other road-tripping threads. I really want to be able to get a sense of what life is like (cost of living, culture, people, eating habits) and local energy. This is not meant to be a commando trip. That's all I can think of for now. I'm sure I'll encounter more questions later on. Again, I apologize for the vagueness of my plans right now; they are still forming. Thank you so much for reading and for any feedback you're able to provide! Stay magical! Details: About me: I'm relatively young and have never done anything like this, but I've always wanted to scout out the West Coast and see if it's a place in which I might belong and eventually want to settle (Yes, I realize the cost of living is outrageous.). Everyone who knows my values and personality keeps telling me I belong on the West Coast, though! I moved to the Chicagoland area a few years ago. Plus, that show OpenRoad with Doug McConnell just makes me want to get out there (especially during Midwestern winters)! This trip would be part data and experience-gathering, part vacation. I might be able to spend a week or two. I haven't thought about how much I'm willing to spend. I'm pretty frugal and would like to keep costs under a few thousand dollars. Some of these places I don't even know about. They just sounded interesting but I don't have a particular reason for placing them on the itinerary other than the fact that they sit along the highways. Rough itinerary: Fly into Seattle Seattle; Explore Washington coast; Portland; Salem?; Eugene?; Beaches Switch from 101 to Highway 1 No Cal: Eureka? (Not sure what's here) Marin County Sausalito (Heard it's pretty) San Francisco: Disney Museum. (Visited SF two years ago so I wouldn't have to stay too long) Stanford San Jose Santa Cruz Monterrey aquarium? (I don't have to see an aquarium but people are raving about this one. We have an aquarium in Chicago that I've seen.) San Luis Obispo: Explore town and Hearst Castle Big Sur? Santa Barbara So Cal: Oxnard? Santa Monica? Burbank: Disney Studio tour Los Angeles Take the Dis Podcast Scenic Drive to Anaheim Disneyland Resort: any hotel suggestions? Is Disneyland Hotel really expensive? Irvine? Mission Viejo? Dana Point? San Diego? Drive to LAX Did I miss anything? Is it too much? Again, I'm not sure what there is to see in a lot of these places. Thanks again for reading!