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  1. Default 4 Aussie's Planing a Road Trip In Need Of HELP!!!

    Hi, and firstly thank you for your time

    4 of us have booked our flights to America for may 09. We have 4 weeks in total in which we hope to do the following. New York for 4 days then fly to Vegas for another 4 days or so then drive to San Franscio and make our way down the cost to San deigo to eventually end the trip with 1 week in Mexico.
    We just aren't sure if thats the best way to do it, and was hoping on some advise. We'll all young and out to see as much as we can and have some fun along the way. The reason we though we would drive from vegas to san fran is because we wanted to see Yosemite, but like i said we arent sure which is the best way to do this and how long it will actually take to drive all that way.

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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    Rent a car in Las Vegas with a one way return to San Diego. All drivers need to be at least 21. You cannot take a US rental car into Mexico. You can either fly to where you want to go in Mexico, or ride the trolley to the border and walk across.

    It looks to me like you have about 12 days to do LV/SF/SD. That is plenty of time to see a lot of things.

    To save the dropoff fee, you can drive from SD to LV in about 5 hours, drop off the car, and then fly to somewhere in Mexico.

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Certainly the Las Vegas - San Francisco - San Diego triangle is a great area for a RoadTrip and has been the topic of many discussions on these boards. glc is correct that you can save substantially by doing that portion as a loop ending up in whichever city you fly to from New York. If you do that, then you should consider which city makes the most sense as a point from which to return to Oz. The one fly in the ointment will be you plan to drive into Mexico. Most rental contracts will prohibit travel in Mexico, and even if you find a company willing to let you, there are other restrictions, most notably that your own and the rental company's American insurance will not be valid in Mexico. YOu will need to set up a separate policy with a Mexican insurance company. But San Diego - Tijuana is as good a place as any to cross the border on foot and maybe arrange for a short term car rental on the southern side.

    AZBuck

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    Thinking about it - why not fly from NY to SD and rent a car and do a loop - SD/LV/SF/SD? That will only add 5 hours to your trip and save you the dropoff fee - and put you at the gateway to Mexico. The SD trolley system goes to the border crossing. It's a 10 minute bus ride from the airport to the trolley.

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    Hello

    and thank you for your help, we hadn't intended on driving into Mexico we've been warned that no car rental would allow you to. We wanted to do cancun so from San Diego would we need to catch a flight there or is there a bus or something?

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    That would require a flight. If you are going to do that, check on airfares to/from all the cities in your proposed loop - SD, LV, LA, SF - and choose the one that is most economical both for flying into from NY, and flying out of to Cancun. Car rental should pretty much be the same cost in any city. One tip - don't rent a car from an on-airport agency, head into town. Airport surcharges and taxes can be insane.

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    Jody, if you are a member of NRMA or RACV or RACQ or any other state, make sure you take your membership card with you. The AAA are most helpful with maps and tour information, and because it is a reciprical arrangement, it costs the same as what it does at home.... i.e. it's free!

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