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  1. Default Will I need to pre-book hotels ..

    My partner and I are travelling out to SF on 19 Dec (accommodation booked at the airport for that night) and we plan to spend 6 days travelling down the coast road and out to Las Vegas (we have 3 nights booked at te Bellagio). Do you think we will need to pre-book our coastal accommodation or will there be rooms available?

    Thanks in advance.

    CJ

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    Default Welcome

    I notice that your stay coincides with the holiday week. You may want to book a place to stay, since I'm sure there will be many families from out of town looking for the same thing around that time.

    If it were me, I would definitely book ahead.
    Last edited by Mass Tim; 11-19-2006 at 03:46 PM. Reason: Realization of timing

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    Default I agree

    While I'm not usually one to reserve a room in advance, unless I'm absolutely sure exactly where I want to stay on a given night, and I think it might save me a few dollars, in this case I would certainly book ahead.

    You might be able to find places, but with the holidays around, and people using their time off to enjoy a quick vacation, I would expect rooms to be somewhat hard to find if you didn't pre-book.

  4. Default Depends upon where you're staying..

    I did this trip, sort of in reverse, a year or so ago (San Diego area to SF, along the coast route), but more between Xmas and New Years

    If you're looking for a hotel in an area which doesn't have a lot of hotels or has them in highly desirable areas (eg, San Simeon, which has like 6 hotels, all near the beach) you should book a room early.

    If you're heading for an area with a lot of hotels, but not in high demand areas (next to Disneyland, near the beach, etc) you probably won't have a problem For example, SF has lots of hotels, and I'm sure you can find a room without reservations. But a hotel right on Fisherman's Wharf? that's more dicy in my opinion, since a lot of people will be traveling on the holidays.

    So if you're heading down the coast route, and want to stay in specific places, you might at least book a room in advance in those specific places. If you have some flexibility, then you probably don't need to.

  5. Default Thanks ... and another thing

    Hi

    Thanks for the replies. We did a road trip - albeit from LA through Pheonix to Las Vegas, Gland Canyon, Death Valley - 9 years ago and I seem to remember that we didn't book, just showed up somewhere and got a motel room. I understand that the coastal road may be slightly different but, to be honest, am struggling to work out exactly what to see and exactly how long to spend in each place. We only have 3 days. Does it make sense to pick up a hotel at each new place or base ourselves in one place and spend a couple of days travelling from that location?

    Any additional advice? Also, I have read sometimes roads are closed by landslides. How do I work out where to book and where won't be affected? I'm sorry if it sounds a basic question. I have spent so long researching other parts of the trip I can't quite get my head around this part!

    Thanks again!

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    Default All good right now!

    Quote Originally Posted by charney jo View Post
    Does it make sense to pick up a hotel at each new place or base ourselves in one place and spend a couple of days travelling from that location?
    CJ, With respect to the coast route, you don't have time to operate from a central location -- it is far more efficient to keep moving south and enjoying the road. Las Vegas, on the other hand, makes for a great central roadtripping location!
    Any additional advice? Also, I have read sometimes roads are closed by landslides. How do I work out where to book and where won't be affected?
    Landslides are the direct result of rain storms. The outlook right now is not a problem. Everything is open. But look at this link for planning purposes {Just enter the number of the road -- in this case it would be SR-1} and then if Mother Nature gets crazy when you are here -- use the 511 system (road and weather conditions from a touch-tone telephone) for updates.

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