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    Default California & Las Vegas - after tips hints etc

    Hi
    My family and I (2 adults, 3 kids 20,17,12) will be travellin on an around the world trip and are looking at spending 7-10 days in California and Las Vegas. I am looking at flying into LAX, hiring an RV and doing a clock wise trip up to San Fran - across to the Sierras - down to Vegas (Grand Canyon etc) and back to LAX.
    I would like information relating what to see, where to stay (where not to stay), money saving tips, good places to eat. We are looking at arriving on or about the 22nd Dec 2007 and flying onto NY for new years eve @ Time Square.

    thanks in anticipation :))

  2. Default Doable, but may be rushed?

    Hello Bazza von Oz, and welcome to the RoadTripAmerica forums!

    You've picked a variation on one of the most popular road trips here.

    First of all, its a very doable trip, but there's enough to see on this route, and a long enough distance that you may feel a bit rushed on it.

    For a rough 10 days to do this..

    Day 1 -- arrive LAX and relax (jetlag)
    Day 2 -- to San Luis Obispo/ San Simeon area
    Day 3 -- to San Francisco via Big Sur & Carmel/ Monterey
    Day 4 -- in SF
    Day 5 -- to Reno/ Tahoe area via Sacramento
    Day 6 -- to Death Valley
    Day 7 -- to Las Vegas
    Day 8 -- to Grand Canyon
    Day 9 -- GC to LA (long driving day)
    Day 10 -- in LA (preparing to depart)

    That's a pretty full trip, and there are 2 days of long drives (like 8+ hours) between Reno and Death Valley, and Grand Canyon and LA.

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    Default Some ideas and tips for renting a RV

    Quote Originally Posted by Bazza von Oz View Post
    ... at flying into LAX, hiring an RV and doing a clock wise trip up to San Fran - across to the Sierras - down to Vegas (Grand Canyon etc) and back to LAX.
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! The first thing to remember is that December here in North America is winter and it is going to be quite chilly to be traveling in a RV. It is certainly doable, but you need to be prepared for snowy conditions and other weather-related travel delays. You should also read this article about renting a RV and certainly read and print this checklist and take it with you when you pick-up the rental RV. If you have the budget, you might also wish to consider using the trip planning services of this company -- (we don't get any referral fees or anything like that) but they are the very best in terms of planning and managing RV vacations for folks.

    Take a look at the second post in this thread for some more routing ideas and be sure to look at the bottom of each page for some more ideas.

    Mark

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    thanks for the great info - will read through it all tonight and start planning the actual route

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