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  1. Default Our Honeymoon Road Trip

    What does everyone think of our plan

    Fly into San Francisco
    Day 2 San Francisco
    Day 3 Yosemite
    Day 4 Yosemite
    Day 5 Pacific Highway
    Day 6 Los Angeles
    Day 7 Las Vegas
    Day 8 Las Vegas
    Day 9 Las Vegas
    Day 10 Grand Canyon
    Day 11 Bryce Canyon
    Day 12 Salt Lake City
    Day 13 Jackson Hole
    Day 14 West Yellowstone
    Day 15 West Yellowstone
    Day 16 Cody
    Day 17 Deadwood
    Day 18 Deadwood
    Day 19 Custer
    Day 20 Rochester
    Day 21 Chicago
    Day 22 Niagara
    Day 23 Niagara
    Day 24 New York
    Day 25 New York
    Day 26 New York
    Day 27 Back to the UK

    Already hired a Dodge Durango and cannot wait for the Vacation of our lifes

    Is this acheivebale and is there anything I should change

    Any help for a British newcomer to Road Trips would be hugely appreciated

    Phil

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    Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage.

    You don't say what time of the year you are planning this trip. That could make a lot of difference in the suggestions members are able to offer.

    Lifey

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    Default Good job.

    Congratulations, Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Your honeymoon trip will be in the region of 5000 miles, and while that is achievable in 27 day's, it's going to keep you on the move. The first part of your trip looks rushed in places, such as the PCH and LA in 2 day's and between Las Vegas to Salt lake city. If it's what you want to do then it can work, but personally I would look at a more relaxed pace to start [especially on Honeymoon] and consider whether driving in and out of the urban sprawl of LA for just a few hours there is worth it. If not you could head down the PCH from SF to the Cambria area and then across to Yosemite from there [Wonderful place].
    I am presuming you are travelling in the summer as that is where you have placed your itinerary and therefor a popular route from Yosemite would be to cross the Sierra's on CA120 [Tioga pass] and head South on the 395 and then across the incredible landscape of Death valley to Vegas.
    The other part, between LV and SLC is also pushing it a bit. Sure, you have the time to drive it but you will be pushed for any quality time at the Grand canyon and Bryce. I would at least leave Vegas on day 9 and be at the GC that evening which will be a 5 or 6 hour drive depending on delays at the Hoover dam.
    You have a long day between Custer and Rochester, but I am sure you are already aware of that and all in all I would say you have done a good job of the routing and you will have the trip of your lives !
    You would be well advised to book lodgings in [or around] the National parks at the earliest time possible as they get booked up real quick in the summer months.
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 10-30-2009 at 02:59 AM. Reason: Program interruption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    The other part, between LV and SLC is also pushing it a bit. Sure, you have the time to drive it but you will be pushed for any quality time at the Grand canyon and Bryce. I would at least leave Vegas on day 9 and be at the GC that evening which will be a 5 or 6 hour drive depending on delays at the Hoover dam.
    You may like to consider cutting a considerable distance and time from this by visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. ( Bonus would be that you will also drive through a small part of Zion, and may even think it worth a short stop.) For my money the North Rim is far more preferable to the South Rim, it is less commercialised, less traffic, easier to park in the park and very easy to drive to all the points you may wish to visit. And the views are just as, if not more, spectacular, considering you are also at a greater altitude.

  5. Default More detail on our trip

    I am very pleased that everyone thing we have a reasonable road trip planned

    Any further ideas or advise woul dbe great

    We are travelling in Early June

    Is it worth trying to do LA in a day ?

    We want to do a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, we will be able to get this if travelling via the north rim ?

    We are a little undecided as to where to stay around Cody, Deadwood and Custer

    We have four days around these areas, where would they be best spent ?

    Also do we need four days in New York, never been before and want to experience as much of it as we can ?

    Many thanks
    Last edited by pjm2203; 10-31-2009 at 09:33 AM. Reason: Additional question

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    Default The Odd Comment

    Los Angeles is a very wide spread metropolitan city where the car is king. This makes it very difficult to see any significant number of attractions in a short time span as the venues will tend to be widely spaced and traffic will always work against getting around quickly. So I simply can't recommend that you try to 'do' L.A. in a day.

    I know of no helicopter or plane tours of the Grand Canyon operating from the North Rim. They operate out of Las Vegas (to the West Rim, not part of the National Park) and Tusayan, AZ (over, above 12,000 feet, the National Park).

    For lots to see and do in western South Dakota, check out Peter's RoadTrip Report.

    Unlike Los Angeles, New York is pretty compact and can be traversed relatively easily and quickly be subway or cab. I wouldn't recommend trying to drive (or worse, trying to park) there. Two or three days could be sufficient to get a very good taste of the city and see most of the major sights. If you want to spend time in some of the large museums or see Broadway shows, then you might need more time, but you should at least consider taking one of your 'New York' days and using it as a 'Los Angeles' day instead.

    AZBuck

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    Default Flight.

    In June you would have a reasonable chance of going across the Sierra's on Tioga pass but it's not a certainty. Here are recent opening and closing dates.

    LA in a day, no. Especially as you are heading from Yosemite to the PCH the day before and heading to Vegas the day after.

    I don't know of any flights departing from close to the North rim either. We used Papillon from Grand canyon airport, Tusayan and took a 50 min flight over the canyon and North rim, it was spectacular. I still think you are a bit rushed here and any free day you can make available I would use here, especially if taking a flight.

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