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    Hi me and my bf are looking at doing a road trip starting from LA ending in LA as we have found easier and cheaper to rent from same location. We have just short of six week of to travel.
    We are looking at flying to NY spending few days there to see the sights then flying out to LA for a roadtrip for about 4 week.
    We would like some suggestions were to go places to see etc. We would prefer to take our time and not just rush through journey.
    Places we have in mind are
    Grand canyon
    Las vegas
    san fran
    Lake powell
    Monument valley

    Any other suggestions please?

    Thanks !

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    Default Many options.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    With 4 weeks to do a round trip from LA you can look here at many options but also travel further afield if you wanted to do so. There are many wonderful places to consider such as Utah, home to some wonderful National parks such as Zion, Bryce canyon and Arches. These could be explored in a loop from Grand canyon and include Lake Powell, Antelope canyon and Monument valley.
    If you headed from LA to GC and created a loop to Vegas, and then on to San Fran is a great route through Death valley to Lone Pine, North to Lee Vining and into Yosemite [the jewel in the crown as far as I am concerned] on the Tioga pass [CA120]. Heading South from SF to LA spend 2 or 3 days on the PCH [coastal route] and enjoy the views and pull outs that will all be on your side of the road.

    These are just a few pointers and there is much, much more in between so have a good look around the forums and roadtrip planning pages [the search button is your friend] and when you have a better idea of what interests you let us know and we can perhaps make suggestions to "fine tune" your trip.

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    Thank you for the general advice!

    We are going to do some more research of where we want to go etc.
    As we are planning on staying in a camper, is there plenty of campsites near to the main attractions and near the cities such as vegas so while we are there we dont have to drive a lot from camp to where we want to be? Is it best to make reservations before or is there usually enough places if just turn up?

    Thanks!!!

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    Default Book early in the National parks.

    As we are planning on staying in a camper, is there plenty of campsites near to the main attractions and near the cities such as vegas
    In the popular places like Grand canyon and Yosemite NP's and even MV it is best to book as early as possible in advance to secure camping places. They can get booked out within hours of the reservation windows opening during the summer months. If you check out nps.gov you will find all the info on camping within the National parks and more.

    Vegas I am not sure of regarding bookings, but check out the Oasis RV resort that isn't to far from the strip and is a great resort style park with pools, hot tubs bars and gym etc. There are places on the strip to park up in your motorhome such as Circus Circus but I believe it's more of a parking lot than a resort.

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    Our trip:

    July. (dates)
    3-4-5. Pick up car, wander/drive arround LA.
    6. LA --> Cambria (scenic water-route 1)
    7. Cambria --> San Francisco
    8. San Francisco
    9. San Francisco
    10. San Francisco --> Yosemite
    11. Yosemite
    12. Yosemite --> Mammoth Lakes
    13. Mammoth Lakes --> Sequoia National Park
    14. Sequoia NP --> Death Valley
    15. DW --> Las Vegas
    16. Las Vegas --> Zion NP
    17. Zion
    18. Zion --> Bryce NP
    19. Bryce NP --> Needles Overlook (via Torrey, Hanksville and Moab)
    20. Needles --> Lake Powell
    21. Drive arround the area of the lake, do stuff
    22. Lake Powell --> Monument Valley
    23. Monument Valley --> Grand Canyon
    24. Grand Canyon
    25. GC --> Grand Canyon Caverns (Driving on Historic route 66)
    26. Grand Canyon Caverns --> Joshua Tree National Park
    27. Joshua Tree NP (Worth staying a day more here?)
    28. Joshua --> LA



    Perhaps you can use some of my planning for your trip.

    Best regards,
    Sch

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    Thanks for advice ive been looking around the internet for campsites near got down the address and phones numbers so once route sorted can book asap.
    Sch thats really helpful, its similar to what we are planning to do. Do tom toms give scnic routes aswel as the main routes dont want to be driving on motorways all the time!

    On the campsites would we book for a RV sites cos we are planning to use a van aqbout the size of a WV hippy type van?

    Thanks again

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    Default Paper maps as well.

    On the campsites would we book for a RV sites cos we are planning to use a van aqbout the size of a WV hippy type van?
    Yes, generally speaking you would. Most have a choice of pitch sizes where you can book a site for a smaller unit.

    Thanks for advice ive been looking around the internet for campsites near got down the address and phones numbers so once route sorted can book asap.

    Unless you want resort type facilities and/or hook ups, try the National parks site to locate a park and you can book on line with them. They have shower and loo blocks in most cases and are in incredible surroundings.

    Do tom toms give scnic routes aswel as the main routes dont want to be driving on motorways all the time!
    You can certainly put in "way points" so you can alter your route and different models have different features, but I would 100% recommend having paper maps with you so you can look and get the detail of the area and see what you are driving past. If you do this and turn off Interstate against your Toms "say so" it will then recalculate your route and so on. It's a great back up toll but carry maps for sure !

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    Ive just received my road atlas so been looking at that to get some ideas, and shows different types of road etc

    Whats the parking like in Los Angeles as we are looking to stay here about 3 days? also are there any campsites near to the attractions, looking going to universal studies, having a nosy in Hollywood and general looking about any ideas what to do here?

    Also as we are looking at visiting quite a few national parks would a inter agency annual pass be something that would be worth buying?

    Have you got any recommendations for helicopter rides from the grand canyon alot seem to be from Vegas and fly to the grand canyon would this be something worth doing?as we are planning to visit the grand canyon for a few days

    Thanks Again

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashlash View Post
    Also as we are looking at visiting quite a few national parks would a inter agency annual pass be something that would be worth buying?
    Yes, simply put. As you are visiting more than 4 major NP's the one off $80 fee will save you money, it can be purchased at the gate of the first park you visit or there is a small NPS office/store upstairs on Pier 39 in San Francisco.

    If you plan on visiting Alcatraz you will have to pay for the boat crossing [entrance is free] and is worth booking through the official NPS site prior to travelling.

    Have you got any recommendations for helicopter rides from the grand canyon alot seem to be from Vegas and fly to the grand canyon would this be something worth doing?as we are planning to visit the grand canyon for a few days
    It depends on what you want to do. No helicopters are permitted to fly inside, or land in the National park area. The tours from Vegas generally fly to Indian lands on the West rim, which would introduce you to a different section of the canyon.

    On the other hand if you wanted to experience flying over the canyon then you can get helicopter flights from Grand canyon airport in Tusayan. We used Papillon helicopters and took a 50 min flight over the Painted desert and to the North rim. The experience is one we shall never forget and highly recommended !

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