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  1. Default San Francisco to Las Vegas - see the sights!

    Myself and my girlfriend are flying from the UK doing the San Francisco to Las Vegas road trip starting 19th June in SF, flying out of LV on 4th July. We're spending probably 3 nights in SF to start, ending with 2/3 nights in LV. In between we have 8/9 nights to drive in between and see the wonderful sights, from Yosemite through to the Grand Canyon.

    To be honest it's all a bit bewildering and wondering if people could suggest a 'perfect' itinerary, or point us to websites or books which offer good suggestions? Many thanks.

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    Default Gather some ideas.

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

    This is a very popular trip and for very good reason, it's an amazing area. There are lots of options which you can find out more about by searching the forums. Here is a link that covers lots of the area in question.

    With 8 or 9 nights you could visit Yosemite and head back to the coast and head South before cutting back inland towards Grand canyon and Vegas. Another would be to head East out of Yosemite over the Tioga pass and head towards Zion and Bryce canyon and visit the North rim or head through Page to Grand canyon south [ even a side visit to Monument valley is possible] before Vegas.

    Have a search around and get some ideas of what actually appeals to you and get an outline plan and then we can help you piece your itinerary together to make it perfect for you. No one can give you the perfect itinerary without your input as there isn't a "one size fits all" trip out there.

    When you have more questions don't hesitate in asking.

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    There's no such thing as a perfect itinerary for any roadtrip, because roadtrips are not one size fits all things. In this case, there are so many great things between the two points, even 8 or 9 days means choices about which things you will see and which things you won't.

    There are several thousand posts on this forum detailing ideas between SF and Vegas, I'd look around and start to draw some of your ideas from there. The links in this post will help you get started.

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    As already said, no such thing as a perfect itenary. Make a plan, and let the itenary fall within it. Be flexible. I never focus on the itenary, just the plan.

    Good maps from AAA help tremendously, as does a road atlas.

    I would not leave out Death Valley - a most amazing place worth more than just one day.

    Take your time, you will not see everything there is to see. There is far too much to see. But you will be back, as I have been, and will be again. And each time you will find new places to see, new experiences in which to take part.

    Lifey who can't wait to get back there.

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    Thanks guys, some great ideas....

    I'm getting a better idea of the options, and as with everybody we want to "see everything"! But here's a basic itenerary we're looking at:

    Leave San Francisco, 1 night in Carmel, 2 nights in Yosemite, then over Tioga pass to Death Valley, on to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, then finishing at Las Vegas.

    Is this possible as an 8/9 day roadtrip? Any recommendations of where to stay over along the way?

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim&Sue View Post
    Any recommendations of where to stay over along the way?

    Many thanks.
    Great little hostel at Kanab... or at least there was when I was there in 2004.

    Why not go Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, North Rim (much less crowded and nowhere near as commercialised than the South Rim) and back to Vegas and the Hoover Dam.

    One of the best things I ever did was take a flight over the western end of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.

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    Have now discovered Sequoia National Park/Kings Canyon - is this possible en-route from Yosemite via Tioga to Death Valley, or is this another route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim&Sue View Post
    Have now discovered Sequoia National Park/Kings Canyon - is this possible en-route from Yosemite via Tioga to Death Valley, or is this another route?
    No it's not en route and would be quite a diversion and time consuming to see both[ A couple of days realistically].

    From Carmel you could head East towards Fresno and drive to the Giants forest in Sequoia [home of the General Sherman tree, the largest living thing on earth] but an extra night would be best.
    There are giant Sequoia trees at Mariposa Grove near the Southern entrance to Yosemite.

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    Tim & Sue

    I've posted this on a similar query, but just in case you hadn't already seen it.....

    We 'did' San Fran to Vegas in Sept 2008, passing through Yosemite & Death Valley. There are so many places to go & see that you'll be spoilt for choice but I thought I'd give you the 'heads up' on a couple that we enjoyed.

    Vegas - Full on, in your face, 24/7. OK if you like that sort of thing but after 48 hours I have to say we'd had enough. Just a half hour drive away we stayed at the Boulder Dam Hotel, in Boulder. Boulder Airport is the place where the flights over (and in to) the Grand Canyon go from so it's nice and handy. We flew over the Dam & Helicoptered into the Grand Canyon, a fantastic experience & one I'd definitely recommend. You can rent out boats or Jet bikes on lake Mead if you have the time, great fun. And if you do go to the lake, take a walk onto the marina with a loaf of bread. I guarantee you won't have seen fish like it!

    Death Valley - Make sure you include at least one night stay here, we stayed at Stovepipe Wells Village and found it to be very pleasant, nothing fancy but ok, especially the nearby sand dunes at sunset. Again, if you do go there make sure to go out & view the late night sky, absolutely stunning, I'd never seen stars like it. (Then look towards Las Vegas and you'll see what the term 'light pollution' means).

    Yosemite - We stayed in a log Cabin for 2 nights. BBQ on the rear deck, along with our own hot tub, and were fortunate to watch a Deer & its fawn strolling by. We also spotted a small group of Deer up at Glacier Point, no bears though!

    Lastly, if you do go to Yosemite from San Fran, you might want to make your way from there towards Sacramento via the 49 (not too sure of the road designations but you can easily find it in maps.live.com), and make a slight detour off the main road to a small town called Murphy's. There's a hotel there called Murphy's which we stayed at which was really nice, peaceful too.We enjoyed drinks in the Saloon in the evening & had dinner & beakfast in the garden, very pleasant. There are the number of Wineries in the area. We were directed down a little road to one called 'Ironstone' where we took the free tour. Not a wine drinker myself but I have to say it was very interesting & so beautiful. See it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieB View Post

    Death Valley ....................... make sure to go out & view the late night sky, absolutely stunning, I'd never seen stars like it. (Then look towards Las Vegas and you'll see what the term 'light pollution' means).

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    I'll second that. Absolutely!!

    Driving through it, just won't do.

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