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    Default Western road trip....but am I going the wrong way round?!?!?

    Hi,

    This site is a fantastic resource, soooo much information and advice it's a real godsend....thing is I'm still a bit stuck.

    4 of us, all grown ups, have begun to plan a roadtrip for next September. All by car, staying in motels and hotels. (One of us has watched far too many teen horror movies to let us rent an RV or camp).

    I've read lots of posts which cover the same area, but most seem to be going the other way....sort of clockwise from SF to LV. We had planned to go the other way. So first question.....

    1. Is there a reason for doing this trip in a particular way?

    We were thinking of renting a car, possibly a 4X4. So next questions.

    2. Is a 4X4 a good idea?
    3. Are there any suggestions for car hire companies in LV?

    This is the sort of route we were thinking about, but nothing written in stone as yet so any advice or 'must sees' are very, very welcome.

    Hoping to leave early Sept spending 21 or so days.

    Days 1-3 Arrival and LV
    Day 4 Straight thru Death Valley
    Days 5-6 Yosemite
    Days 7-9 SF
    Days 10-11 Monterey
    Day 12 San Luis Obispo
    Days 13-15 LA (possibly visit Disney)
    Days 16-17 San Diego
    Day 18 Palm Springs
    Days 19-20 Back to LV
    Day 21 Fly home

    Thanks for any thoughts,
    Malone

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    Default There is no "right direction"

    Quote Originally Posted by Malone View Post
    1. Is there a reason for doing this trip in a particular way?
    Nope, whatever direction makes the most sense for you. Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! The only caveat is along the Big Sur highway (which you are already doing north to south) mostly because it is easier to pull off the road at the most scenic places. Be aware, that much of the Big Sur hillsides burned this year....
    We were thinking of renting a car, possibly a 4X4. So next questions.
    There is no advantage of a 4x4 -- you are prohibited in the rental agreement (if you rent from a national firm) to drive it any place off-pavement. 4x4's are not as fuel efficient -- but they are cool....
    3. Are there any suggestions for car hire companies in LV?
    Shop around -- I personally use National Car Rental
    Days 13-15 LA (possibly visit Disney)
    Here are some great tips for visiting LA.
    Days 16-17 San Diego
    LIkewise some tips for San Diego

    Mark

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    Default Nice trip!

    Hello and welcome to the R.T.A forums.

    That's a nice itinerary you have there, nice and relaxed.
    From Vegas through Death valley [a spectacular place] to Yosemite I would suggest staying near Lee vining for the night rather than going direct to the valley floor as the drive over Tioga pass [hwy 120] is a big part of the Yosemite experience, offering views and stops all the way, therefor time consuming. This will mean you won't have to double back on yourself to see it properly.

    1. Is there a reason for doing this trip in a particular way?
    Not that I am aware of, I guess it's to do with your arrival destination.

    2. Is a 4X4 a good idea?
    Nothing wrong with having one, but you don't necessarily need one and probably more expensive to rent, gives less m.p.g and probably not as comfy as some cars.

    3. Are there any suggestions for car hire companies in LV?
    I don't know of one in particular, but unless someone comes along with one I would suggest 'googling' for special deals.

    If you would like any more detailed info about the places you are planning to visit then ask away.

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    Default Thanks

    Thanks for all the info. So glad we've got a year to plan. There is so very much to see in this part of the world and I don't want to miss any of it, but I guess some tough decisions have to be made.

    We're considering leaving out San Diego, (we've been to Disney and Sea World in Florida and although its going to be different it might be the thing to leave out).

    I think its going to depend a lot on how good a flight deal we get. At the moment I guess LAX is a little cheaper than LV, but all that might change if there are any deals going.

    So glad I found this site - am going to surf the life out of it!

    M

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    Default That would be quite a challenge!

    Quote Originally Posted by Malone View Post
    So glad I found this site - am going to surf the life out of it!
    We are glad you found it too! There are about 5,700 active pages on this site -- so have fun navigating around them!

    Mark

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    Default Part of the fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by Malone View Post
    Thanks for all the info. So glad we've got a year to plan. There is so very much to see in this part of the world and I don't want to miss any of it,

    So glad I found this site - am going to surf the life out of it!
    I really enjoy the hours of searching, planning and bringing it altogether, it's a big part of the experience. Although you can't see everything it's nice to know you are aware of the attractions nearby if time permits a detour.

    Once you have 'surfed' feel free to come and ask for more info to help you piece it together.

    If San Diego is a maybe then it might be worth you looking at a couple of options around Vegas. Zion N.P, Bryce canyon and the "whole in the ground" otherwise known as the Grand canyon spring to mind ;-).

    Happy planning!

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