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  1. Default Ireland to LA - LV - Yosemite - Tahoe - SanFran

    Hi, I知 planning the above trip with my Wife to be starting June 29th for our Honeymoon. I知 pretty settled on the first half of the holiday. I知 flying into LA and staying 4 nights in Santa Monica in a nice Hotel. The idea here is to have a bit of R&R after the long flight and Wedding and also see a little bit of LA. From here I plan on driving to Vegas and stay for 6 nights (anything noteworthy along the way?). Whilst here I plan on taking in the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, some White Water Rafting and the missus will be doing plenty of shopping.
    It is this next part that it all gets a bit grey so any help appreciated and I am somewhat flexible as nothing is booked just yet. I'm thinking that my itinerary is looking like;
    July 9th - Leave early and drive to a gateway town to Yosemite. I知 thinking of somewhere in the region of Oakhurst (arrive late)
    July 10th - I知 following a 2 day trip guide to Yosemite starting at 7am.
    July 11th - Yosemite again, but leaving late afternoon heading over the Tioga Pass and up to Tahoe.
    Now I知 not sure how long I should stay in Tahoe. I知 finding it very difficult to get good information on where to stay. However I am thinking the North, I'll be sick of Casinos and would prefer to get a feel for the older Tahoe. I'd like to stay somewhere that is a good base for daytime activities without it being dead in the evenings. This has me looking at Tahoe City or Kings Beach. Would I be right staying here or is it too quiet? In the evenings it would be good to have a nice choice of Restaurants and Bars (nothing extravagant). I知 thinking during the Day will be spent delving into some Water Sports, Exploring and maybe a trip to Virginia City etc. At most I'd be spending 4 nights which will bring me to Wednesday July 15th.
    Ideally from here I'd like to get to San Francisco by Friday afternoon, so I'm open to any suggestions at all on a nice scenic drive perhaps taking in anything from Wine Country to even Six Flags at Vallejo (Don稚 have these parks too much in Europe so they are a treat). So any suggestions would be welcome over these two days.
    I'll be hitting San Fran for 2 nights, with one full day exploring Alcatraz etc and then flying home Sunday night. As I mentioned earlier I am flexible so any suggestions welcome, even to eliminate large aspects is an option, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance..

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    Default Congratulations!

    Congratulations on your up coming wedding and welcome to the R.T.A forums!

    While in Vegas you may find this list of Day trips useful. Death valley is awesome.
    You will find that the Grand Canyon is really beyond a daytrip from Vegas and therefor it would be worth considering going there direct from L/A spend a night or 2 and then head to Vegas.

    Oakhurst is well situated for Yosemite but it would be quicker to go from Vegas and head North to Tonopah and then to Lee vining and into Yosemite on the 120 [Tioga pass]. Where does your trip guide start from the following day ?

    I am afraid I can't help with Tahoe but I'm sure someone will be along, but I will say the Alcatraz tour is well worth it when in San Fran. Unless you want to do other tours with it pre book your tickets through the official site that can be Found here. The tours get booked up well in advance so I would recommend pre booking.

    Dave

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    I have no idea about all the other options, but the last time I went through Tahoe I stayed at the Super 8 in South Lake Tahoe. It was one of the better 8's I've stayed at and the cost was reasonable. It's one of the few I've seen that has its own restaurant, and it was decent.

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    Thanks Dave, thats great help. Just had a thought that I could go straight from Vegas (Thursday) to Tahoe (arrive Friday morning) with an overnight stop somewhere. I could stay in Tahoe until the Monday and then head to Yosemite with all day Tuesday to explore. This way I could leave Yosemite and head to Monterey?? to catch some of the drive that I see so many people talking about. Again I would need to arrive in San Fran for Friday. Would this be more interesting would you think?
    To answer your questions we are starting at Wawona, but this isn't set in stone either, and staying at the GC is an overnight stay also. Thanks for the help..

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    LV to Tahoe via Death Valley and 395 is about 500 miles. This is doable in a day if you don't spend much time in Death Valley sightseeing. If you want to spend time sightseeing in Death Valley, you could spend a night in the park, or outside it on 395 on the way to Tahoe.

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    Default Roller Coasters

    Personally, if you're going to spend a day at a Theme Park, I would spend the Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain during your time in LA. Its an excellent park if you like Roller Coasters and Thrill Rides, and I think its got more to offer than any park in the San Francisco area.

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    Default Certainly an option.

    Quote Originally Posted by smithicks View Post
    Thanks Dave, thats great help. Just had a thought that I could go straight from Vegas (Thursday) to Tahoe (arrive Friday morning) with an overnight stop somewhere. I could stay in Tahoe until the Monday and then head to Yosemite with all day Tuesday to explore. This way I could leave Yosemite and head to Monterey?? to catch some of the drive that I see so many people talking about. Again I would need to arrive in San Fran for Friday. Would this be more interesting would you think?
    It's certainly an option and with a bit of sight seeing in Death valley you could stop over near Mono Lake for the night and continue in the morning.

    If you are wanting to do the drive on the coast through Big Sur [I presume that is what you refer to] then I think you might be better off changing your start or finish point if it's still possible.

    Your basic trip could then take either of these shapes;

    1] L/A > S/F [on coast road]> Lake Tahoe> Yosemite> Vegas.

    2] Vegas > L/A > up the coast Monterrey> Inland to Yosemite>
    Tioga pass to Lake Tahoe> S/F. [My preferred option but maybe not the relaxation you are looking for on arrival]

    As Lake Tahoe is out on a bit of a limb there is back tracking to be done but if it's possible I am sure the above options will save you time and miles by not having to head up and down the coast.

    A little food for thought. Is Tahoe a "must see" for you, and have you considered more time around Vegas and Grand Canyon ? There is a lot to see and do within the area; Monument valley, Lake Powell and the beautiful parks of Zion and Bryce to name a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    A little food for thought. Is Tahoe a "must see" for you, and have you considered more time around Vegas and Grand Canyon ? There is a lot to see and do within the area; Monument valley, Lake Powell and the beautiful parks of Zion and Bryce to name a few.
    You know what, Im starting to think the same. Im getting little information on Tahoe being similar to my perception of it. So Im definitely starting to lose some interest. Whats coming to the fore is more in the GC, but definitely that coastal drive. What is set in stone as it is paid for, arrival in LA with 4 nights in Santa Monica, followed by 6 nights in LV and leaving via SFO on July19th. After this I am very flexible, but I might have put the cart ahead of the horse booking Hotels already. (Note to future raod trippers, register with RTA first!!)

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    Default Have a think.

    You know what, Im starting to think the same. Im getting little information on Tahoe being similar to my perception of it.
    I have not been to Tahoe so I cannot judge it and I have heard many wonderful things about it, so please don't think I am saying skip it, that decision must be yours, but I am suggesting you check out your other options.
    I would do a little more research and put an outline plan in place that appeals to you and we can help you "fine tune" your trip. It's certainly doable with the time you have.

    Dave.

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    Going to have a chat with the missus and see what she thinks, but Im thinking I really want to do that coastal drive ahead of seeing Tahoe. So I'll revert in the morning with a prioritised plan!! Thanks again Dave and anyone else that has commented..

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