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  1. Default Vancouver B.C ---> California

    Hi, I am having problems planning my road trip, due to the fact that I do not know my places too well...

    I will be leaving Vancouver on about 20th of December and going for about 10days max =/

    I would like to go

    Disney land

    Universal Studios

    Beverly hills

    The BAPE store in LA

    and I would love to go shopping as well ( Good deals @ Outlets )

    What else would you guys add to the list to what to do

    ( I m going with my girlfriend and a buddy )


    I dont know where to stop for a rest... and how to set it up so I would not be driving everywhere back and forth..

    Also if you are wondering why I am driving this is because when I go to california... I cant rent a car because I am only 18

    and when I flew to Anaheim to Blizzcon last year... It was very inconvinent..

    Thank you so much!
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 12-01-2009 at 02:07 AM. Reason: No need for store details.

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    Hey there.
    I'm from Vancouver also, and my girlfriend and i did a very similar road trip to Disneyland for New Years Eve last year. We took a week for the holiday.

    I'm not sure how much time you want to spend driving, but since you have a destination, i would assume you want to take the fastest route down. Obviously, this would be the I5 as in theory you can drive from downtown Vancouver and not need to turn off until you reach Anaheim.

    Since you're going in December, i would advise you to be prepared for snow and possible whiteout conditions in and around Grant's Pass in Oregon and Mt. Shasta in northern California. The altitude is also quite high through the mountainous regions. (California's not all beaches and palm trees) I would be prepared by carrying snow chains in your car, or at the very least have your car outfitted with winter or snow tires.

    We got snow tires on our car and we needed them as the weather got very icy around Mt. Shasta once the sun went down. As for places to stay, it depends on how many days you want to drive down. We chose to take two days, which meants leaving Vancouver at 5am and driving pretty much straight down. We got to Portland by 11:30, and to Redding by about 7, where we spent the night.

    the following day we left at around 9 am and got to Anaheim by 6:30.

    You can pretty much stop anywhere along the I5 for rests. There are lots of gas stations and little restaurant truck stop type places. As for seeing California, it's nt the best of routes as it just seems to skirt by places of interest rather than go through them. Also, the hours and hours of farmland in Oregon gets very monotonous on the way back.

    Oh yeah, and my girlfriend is big time into those Mall outlets. There's actually a really good one (that she decided to stop at for about 3 hours longer than i could handle) just outside of Seattle. The Tulalip Casino outlet mall.

    But there are so many along that highway.
    Anyway, hope i gave you somethings to think about...

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    I would allow 3 days each way for the drive due to possible weather slowdowns. In good weather and without traffic, it can be done in 2 long days, but that's not something you should count on. I don't see a need to plan each night's stop due to the uncertainty on how long it's going to take you to get from place to place, there are plenty of towns along I-5 all the way down with reasonably priced hotels at the exits.

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    Thank you for your contribution Coast and glc,

    Well for the snow tires / chains idea, I was going to drive a 4 door sports car down there, but because its rear wheel drive I have made that cut... instead I'll be driving a 4 door SUV AWD instead, I have driven in the snow in the seattle area, and it was fine for me.

    Also for the Tulalip outlet mall, I have been there many many times and I am planning not to make the stop because i am trying to save time :)

    The only thing I have in my mind right now is the drive there because its going to take such a long time! because I am the only person driving perhaps I need to take as much tiem as possible and not rush my plans.

    Also, I live in Richmond so I know to take the steveston highway all the way down to seattle and keep on traveling through I5


    Glc :

    I thought it would take about 3 days each way as well
    but that would leave me 4 days to be in california

    hoping my best right now the weather conditions would be great for me so i dont have much downtime and can spend more time and not miss anything in california

    also

    my friend suggested me that

    From vancouver ---> travel to a stop and then ---> SAN FRAN ---> Anaheim

    and same for the way back...

    anything else I can do and note before I make my trip...

    And again =/ I would love to fly there but too bad law requires you to be 21 to be able to rent a car


    Cheers and thank you so much!

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    I don't see a need to go through SF going both ways - it is a bit of a detour off I-5 and there will be major traffic considerations. What you might want to do is get as far south as you can on the first day, then head to SF the next day (trying to get there before evening rush hour) and spend the night there. Taking either I-5 or US-101, you can make it from SF to LA in one day as long as morning rush hour in SF doesn't delay you too much. Also keep in mind that it's going to take quite a while just to get through LA to get to Anaheim, and if you hit LA in rush hour, you will wish you hadn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    I don't see a need to go through SF going both ways - it is a bit of a detour off I-5 and there will be major traffic considerations. What you might want to do is get as far south as you can on the first day, then head to SF the next day (trying to get there before evening rush hour) and spend the night there. Taking either I-5 or US-101, you can make it from SF to LA in one day as long as morning rush hour in SF doesn't delay you too much. Also keep in mind that it's going to take quite a while just to get through LA to get to Anaheim, and if you hit LA in rush hour, you will wish you hadn't.

    I see, that sounds great, but anywhere you guys suggest that I should go?
    I was thinking how long do i need in LA / Beverly hills around that area?

    Shall I go there first or go to anaheim firsT?

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    Also...

    I picked up one of those Super Vacation Tour Bus list of where they go...

    I find that they are doing

    Day 1 : Vancouver - Springfield

    Day2 : Springfield - Reno

    Day3 : Reno - Vegas

    Day4 : Vegas - LA

    Day5 : LA - Anaheim

    Day6 : Anaheim stay

    Day 7 : LA - San Fran

    Day 8 : San Fran - Springfield

    Day 9 : Springfield - Vancouver


    ____

    Anyways whatcha guys think of that?

    But I checked thats A LOT more driving than the other routes you guys are telling me to go...

    Also

    I want to fit Vegas in for 1 night... ( even though not legal there )

    My girlfriend has not been there and it would be amazing to be there for a day to check out the shows and what not.

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    Default you're already pressing it

    You're already really trying to push it, and if you're not 21, I would strongly recommend you skip Vegas and focus the little time that you do have on SoCal.

    As far as the Bus tour schedule goes, if you want to hire a couple of drivers who can drive you around while you completely relax and sleep (and they can sleep while you do a whirlwind sprint tour of each of those places) I suppose you could try to do that schedule. Personally, I think even being driven, that's a pace where you wouldn't really get to see anything or have time to have fun.

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    Thank you or replying!

    But i would really love it to hit vegas on the way for like 1 day or something.

    how would you do it?

    Vancouver -- vegas -- LA

    or LA then Vegas on the way back to Vancouver.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 12-06-2009 at 08:03 PM. Reason: removed quote of entire previous post

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    Default why would it matter

    I don't know why it would matter which way you try to do it. The simple fact is that Las Vegas adds a good 400 miles of driving to your already crammed trip, no matter where you fit it in.

    Doing it on the way there or the way home doesn't change that you're adding nearly another full day on the road to a trip where you were already complaining that you didn't have enough time in SoCal, and make the trip in a comfortable amount of time. It seems like a really odd choice to try to cram in another stop, especially one in a city that, quite frankly, is rather hostile to visitors in your age group.

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