I realise there are heaps of threads discussing some parts of this proposed trip but I really want to ask questions so would like to make my very first thread :)
Firstly, im from Australia, planning a trip in July, will be over there for 14 days. Coming in late on the trip with other friends so im trying not to be over powering on what they want to do, but some things just dont make sense (maybe they havent researched enough?). So some things may be by myself (with my partner_.
Looking at flying into LA Saturday morning. Thinking of hiring a car and driving to an apartment in Hollywood, looking at maybe something like Roosevelt. We have Sat afternoon, Sun, Mon and Tue and will be planning on leaving early Wed morning.
At this stage plans are to take rental car and drive the scenic route to SF. I searched mapquest and it takes 7 hours without stops. Does anyone know what would be the major stops along the way and would half to a full hour be enough?
So this would get us to SF 4pm allowing for two one hour stops. Check into our hotel, (any suggestions?), planning on staying in Union Square. Any suggestions for what we could do for the rest of the night?
We have all day Thursday at San Francisco. Alcatraz tour seems to take half the day. Im thinking the night time tour at 6.45pm might be the best so we can have all day to do other things. Cable cars seem to be a must? Any idea on how long this would take out of your day? Of course a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge is in order and my understanding is that we will see it from the Alcatraz tour as well. It would take about half an hour to get there, maybe 15 mins looking at it then half hour back, so theres say an hour and a half taken.
Would also like to see Fisherman's wharf, so we could do that before going on the Alcatraz tour.
What else is a must do, or what else do you think we could fit in?
Now here is where the group might split... They are wanting to leave early Friday morning to drive to Vegas via Death Valley (and get there Friday night). Im not exactly sure on what sites there are to see on the drive, but Death Valley sounds like one big flat desert plain - not exactly my biggest interest. Is there anything AWESOME I may be missing out on?
What time do you think they would get to Vegas if they did this drive? Traffic also seems to be a factor going into Vegas. The drive seems to be 11 hours no stops. So say 2 one hour stops for fuel and food etc. Thats 13 hours. Not mentioning anywhere you might want to stop and view things. So say they leave 6 am - they wouldnt be getting into Vegas until 7pm, would the traffic be bad at this time and how much would you add on?
I have also heard the drive into death valley and around isnt on just a normal road. Would this be a factor to consider, we are used to driving on the otherside of the road even! Also, the driver isnt going to see so much I guess.
I think im planning on flying from SF to Vegas. Which may also give me some of Friday morning to do something further in San Francisco. Would this also bypass the apparently bad traffic going into Vegas on a Friday night?
Vegas is Fri night, Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue checking out Wed morning. (Any must dos appreciated, but I havent researched that part, will get to it eventually).
Wed night and Thursday night, need suggestions for. Thinking of driving back LA way and staying somewhere different, would love to see Laguna Beach (just because I can say I have seen it from the show lol). Maybe stay somewhere further south. Or even making that a day trip and staying at Malibu?
We fly out 11pm Friday night, so have most of that day to do something as well.
I know this is a huge first post, so if anyone can give their thoughts on any part of the trip, it would be so much appreciated :)