This is my first post here of what seems an excellent website, I've looked at a few 'trip' sites and this seems by far the best!
So, Myself and my other half booked the flights for our west coast trip of a lifetime last year, we've still not booked any hotels so internal dates are flexible.
So I've come here for some advice on the best routes from a to b to c!
We land in LA on 2nd of August and depart San Fran on the 18th.
We plan to spend 3 or 4 full days in LA taking in Universal, A sightseeing tour, Six Flags, Dodgers Stadium, Venice Beach and whatever else we can fit in before moving on to Las Vegas.
Is there anything to see on the LA to Vegas section of the trip? I know it's not far, but wouldn't want to miss out on some spectacular views! (We do like our scenery / unusual shots!)
Whilst in Vegas we plan to do the usual of Hoover Dam & Grand Canyon (any other suggestions would be good)
But this is the part that really confuses me! What route to take from Vegas to San Fran? We don't mind spending a couple of days doing this, say leaving on 13th early morning, driving, staying overnight somewher, more sight seeing and then arriving in San Fran either late on the 14th or even staying an extra night somewhere and making the last leg to San Fran in the morning of the 15th.
Would really like to see Death Valley and also Yosemite National Park, Redwoods etc. (vinyards are not our thing)
I would really appreciate your suggestions on routes and places of wonder!
One last question, ok may be two, We will be hiring a car.
1. Would it be worth spending a little more and getting a mid size SUV to be a little higher up (to see more) or would a normal car surfice.
2. I've heard horror stories of driving in LA and wonder, do we really need a car in LA and also Vegas (you cant really go anywhere in vegas, can you?)
Thanks in advance for your replies.
Mark & Kirsty