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    Default San Fran - Vegas - LA in June

    Hi all, total newbie.

    me and me lady are heading over in June for 2 weeks, aiming on starting in San Fran, couple of days to look around, then get a car, work our way towards Vegas, few days there, hopefully spend my 30th b'day there, then head over to LA, then possibly back up the coast San Fran to finish?

    where possible I want to see as many other places in between the big cities, ideally yosemite, grand canyon and maybe death valley, but basically as much as possibly without too much rushing around, when staying in the main cities, I'll pre-book soon decent hotels,

    but apart from that I'm not sure about other decent places to stay in between? roadside motels? or should I stay in smaller towns in hotels?

    money isn't too much of the issue, but don't want to totally max out the credit cards!

    the biggest question is though? aim I being realistic on my timescale?

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    Default good start

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I think you've got the basics for a good trip in place. Two weeks will give you a nice time to see a lot of this area. There are hundreds of threads about this area, you can find the links to some of our favorites here.

    but apart from that I'm not sure about other decent places to stay in between? roadside motels? or should I stay in smaller towns in hotels?
    I'm not really sure what you mean here. Pretty much all motels/hotels are in or near towns. Roadside motels rarely exisit in the middle of nowhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael
    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I think you've got the basics for a good trip in place. Two weeks will give you a nice time to see a lot of this area. There are hundreds of threads about this area, you can find the links to some of our favorites here.

    I'm not really sure what you mean here. Pretty much all motels/hotels are in or near towns. Roadside motels rarely exisit in the middle of nowhere.
    that's great, it was a bit of a random question, I honestly wasn't sure about the hotel/motel situation outside of the main town

    that's for the comments though, as long as I know I'm not I'm not being too-over ambitous on my timescale, then hoepfully I'm going along the right track.

    THANKS!
    Last edited by AZBuck; 11-29-2007 at 07:03 PM. Reason: Fixed Formatting

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    Default San Fran-Santa Cruz-Yose-Death Valley-Vegas

    Right, after weeks and weeks of planning I've decided my route which is as mentioned above, but still have a couple of questions, basically relating to how long I should stay, I'm coming in mid/late june, and am doing the below

    San Fran - 14th - 3 nights
    Santa Cruz - 17th - 1 night
    Yosemite - 18th - 2 nights
    Death Valley - 20th - 1 night
    Las Vegas - 21st - 4 nights

    question is........we are landing in San Fran at around 2pm, so by the time we've got through the airport and got to hotel, it's going to be 4ish hopefully.

    thing is, is staying in San Fran for 3 night going to be to long? at the moment I'm planning on picking up our hire car on our last day in san fran at 1ish, then heading to santa cruz for one night? just wondering, should we possibly stay 2 nights in San Fran and then have 2 in santa cruz or will 3 and 1 be fine?


    any recommendations would be great!


    Thanks in advance!

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    I've not stopped at Santa Cruz so can't comment specifically on what I'd do but what I'd do doesn't really matter in any case. It's really down to your interests and preferred pace. I spent just 36 hours in San Fran but feel I missed out on so much that it had to offer and look forward to returning later this year. Others may feel differently. Can you not 'suck it and see'? Book two nights accomodation in San Fran and see how you feel when you get there? You then have the option of staying on if you love the place or moving on if you don't (I suspect you will love it!)

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    I stayed in San Fran, Vegas and Santa Cruz last August and think your timings seem pretty spot on.

    We stayed 2 nights in San fran. The first full day we spent wandering around Haight Ashbury (hippy central) and then the following day we did Alcatraz which is a tour well worth doing.

    We stopped for one night in Santa Cruz but we arrived quite late so just went to a restaurant down on the sea front which was cool but headed off quite early the following day. To be honest it seemed like any other coastal town to me.

    We did stay in a fantastic place called Avila Beach which is further along than Santa Cruz where we stayed in a b&b that was basically run by a guy who wanted it to feel like a home from home. So you could wander down to a lush kitchen area and borrow wine glasses, videos etc and even cook on one of the roof top barbeques.

    Like you I'm 29 and can highly recommend Vegas! My wife and I stayed 3 nights but the first night was following a huuge day so we ended up knackered and going to bed early (lame I know). BUT, the second day we just wandered down one side of the strip and back then went to see a show and ended up on the cocktails until the early hours. I loved it - the place is bonkers! The second day we - walked the opposite side of the strip and spent the night wandering from casino to casino trying various house cocktails before finishing up watching the Bellagio fountains for over an hour.

    Hope this helps, feel free to pm me,
    Steve

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    Default Best "free show" in Las Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by thestand View Post
    The second day we - walked the opposite side of the strip and spent the night wandering from casino to casino trying various house cocktails before finishing up watching the Bellagio fountains for over an hour.
    Steve, wanted to welcome you to the Great American RoadTrip Forum -- you have made several posts already today! I agree about the Bellagio Fountains -- I have my favorite place to stand and watch them. It is about the 1/2 way point on the strip -- I never tire of the show and go down there as often as I can. However, since I moved here -- I NEVER walk the strip anymore (on purpose) in my view, that is why Taxis were created....

    Mark

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    Thanks for the welcome, good to be able to offe some (limited) advice as well as ask questions. Living in Vegas eh? Live the dream!

    My favourite memories of the few days we stayed there were:
    - spending almost an hour on the slots in order to win a mere £20 (hey, a win's a win!)
    - Gonzalez Float cocktails at Gonzalez y Gonzalez, NY NY
    - watching the Bellagio fountains at night whilst running back inside during the gaps for more Bellagio cocktails
    - the classic-rock tribute band in the Big Apple theatre, NY NY
    - eating pizza for breakfast every morning because the cocktails put an end to early starts!

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    Default Cocktails and the Fountains -- insider tip

    Quote Originally Posted by thestand View Post
    - watching the Bellagio fountains at night whilst running back inside during the gaps for more Bellagio cocktails
    The next time you visit -- Go in the Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris and walk past the line and the sign-in kiosk (like you owned the joint) and walk all the way to the back of the restaurant. You will find a bar facing the outside dining area -- you can sit at the bar and order cocktails and watch the fountains across the street. Perfect!

    Mark

  10. Default San fran

    Hi Phil, im just a newbie and saw your thread! If it helps , if you are wanting to go to Alcatraz i suggest you book before you get to San Fran! we were lucky enough not to be on a time schedule but we had to wait two days cause they were really busy in June (Holidays) i also suggest for the effect go on the last boat! one it is really errie all the seagulls flying around and two as you come back San Fran has all her lights on and looks spectacular from out on the water! have a great time!!

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