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  1. Default San Fran/Yosemite/Kings Canyon/Vegas/Grand Canyon

    Hi - I am looking for advice and tips on a road trip i have planned - 2 weeks, fly into SFO and out of Las Vegas. Want to see Yosemite, Sequioa Park and Grand Canyon. At the moment the plan is: 4 nights in San Fran, 2 nights Yosemite, 1 night Sequoia, from Seq the aim is to go to Grand Canyon for 1 night but I believe this is a long drive, so is it better to head to Vegas from Seq and spend the night there and head to GC early the next morning? Spend one night in GC and then last 4 nights in Vegas. Suggestions and comments welcome. Thanks in advance

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Stop Yes, Vegas no.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    I wouldn't bother adding the miles on by going to Vegas and then GC and back to Vegas, but I would stop on route, Laughlin or Kingman perhaps. You have a nice plan but I would take a night from a City and add it into the Road trip to make it a more comfortable and enjoyable pace. The Mojave National preserve is a possible diversion and a detour onto route 66 through Seligman to or from GC would make a nice break from I 40 in both directions. To Vegas you could also stop at the Hoover dam for a look around.

    Death valley is another consideration to keep in mind but that could be done as a day trip from Vegas.

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    Hi and thanks so much for the reply! So basically you think that from Seq/Kings Canyon head towards GC but stop somewhere else (such as Laughlin or Kingman). How far is Laughlin for example from Seq Park (i.e. when tring to get to GC) and then how far is GC from Laughlin?

    We will be in Vegas for 3 full days so I think we will try and do DV in one of those days as a day trip.

    Thanks so much... so far we have booked our flights only until we decide how to split the trip. FYI we are going end of April (in cas ethe weather affects any of your suggestions).

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Sequoia to Laughlin is going to take you about 8 hours - the distance is very similar to going to Vegas. The big advantage is you're about an hour closer to the Canyon. You should be able to get there in about 4 hours.

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    Thanks Midwest Michael, I will look into that. South West Dave - any suggestions of where I can add another night on the road?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Just a thought.

    A lot will depend on where exactly you are staying each night but my main thought was concerning the trip from leaving Yosemite to arriving in Vegas, that's over a thousand miles with 2 great National parks to Visit in 3 nights. You have to remember the parks are quite huge and getting from Yosemite valley into Sequoia could take 4 hours and then you have a long days drive ahead the following day towards GC, so in effect only a few hours in Sequoia. With just 1 night in GC you also have a 4 hour drive on the day of arrival and a five hour day when you depart, so that's going to feel a little rushed at the GC, although it's all perfectly doable. What I would do is add an extra night at the Grand canyon, this would allow you to cut your journey back a little from Sequoia if needed and spend a little more time in the park, and/or have time to stop at the Hoover dam on the way back to Vegas. It's just a case of 'fine tuning' your trip to how you want it, but I thought it worth pointing out that this might be more rushed than you would hope for, while having a lot of time available in the City.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia


    Really glad to hear you had a great trip. And thanks for letting us know.

    Do you have any pics to share. You might like to post them in our RoadTrip Field Report forum.

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    Sounds like you had a blast. I'm leaving at the end of the month for a 3 week trip of my own to some of the same places you visited. Post up some pictures or other tidbits!

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    Im so terrible that ive only just seen this (very late I know!). I have pics and will def post them in this coming week!

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