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    Default West-Coast USA

    Hi, I'm from Belgium and planning a road trip on the West Coast of USA.
    I have about 13 days to complete this trip and I'm traveling with friends from Salem, OR.
    I already created an iternary on yahoo: http://travel.yahoo.com/trip-view-2400658-west_usa
    Let me know what you think :)

    What do you think the costs will be and does anyone have any goods advice?
    Most of the time we will be camping :) We will be with 2 People and it will be Tent camping.
    Car will be from friends probably a small SUV. Food we will try to do low budget, but doesn't have to be cheap. Some time will be nice :)


    Short Trip List: - 3500 Miles
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    Sun 06/05/11 (day 1) - Salem, Heceta Head State Park, Redwood National
    Mon 06/06/11 (day 2) - Sausalito, Muir Woods, SanFran
    Tue 06/07/11 (day 3) - Big Sur, Gaviota SP
    Wed 06/08/11 (day 4) - Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Kingman
    Thu 06/09/11 (day 5) - Grand Canyon Village, Glen Canyon Dam, Zion National Park
    Fri 06/10/11 (day 6) - Las Vegas
    Sat 06/11/11 (day 7) - Death Valley
    Sun 06/12/11 (day 8) - Lone Pine, Big Pine, Lee Vining, Bodie State Historical Park
    Mon 06/13/11 (day 9) - Yosemite National Park
    Tue 06/14/11 (day 10) - Yosemite National Park, Columbia, South Lake Tahoe
    Thu 06/16/11 (day 12) - Crater Lake
    Fri 06/17/11 (day 13) - Salem
    Last edited by Frederik Van Everbroeck; 01-18-2011 at 05:01 PM.

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    You'll get a much better response on this forum, if you post an outline of your plan here, rather than expect others to go elsewhere to figure out what you want to do. That's especially true with the link you've provided, which looks like a decent tool for your own planning but is very cumbersome who just wants to take a quick scan at your plan.

    We simply don't know enough about your trip to give you much of a cost estimate. How many people are going, what's your car, and are you renting it? What are you doing for food, entertainment, etc? Tenting camping or RV camping? Those are all the things that will make the cost of your trip vary wildly.

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    How many people total? A trip such as this with 4 people will probably wind up costing about $3000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    How many people total? A trip such as this with 4 people will probably wind up costing about $3000.
    It's with 3 people total. How do you get to the 3000$ ?

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    Figure about $750 for gasoline and $250 for campground fees. Food for 3 for 13 days will be another $750. Add various admission fees and incidentals and you are going to need at least $2000. I'd have $2500 available for 3 people "just in case".

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Figure about $750 for gasoline and $250 for campground fees. Food for 3 for 13 days will be another $750. Add various admission fees and incidentals and you are going to need at least $2000. I'd have $2500 available for 3 people "just in case".
    Yes I was guessing around 2000$ so I was a bit surprised about the 3000$ estimate you gave me. We will be doing mostly National Parks so I think the America The Beautiful - National Parks And Federal Recreational Lands Pass (http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html) will cover the costs for the 3 people at 80$, Or do I miss understand?. Of course there will be other things to pay for but I'm glad for that pass!

    Thx for replying!
    What about the road trip, you think it is doable ?

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    Default Flat out.

    The parks pass will include entrance for all 3 people as it is based on per vehicle in most cases. It will not include any other fees such as camping.

    What about the road trip, you think it is doable ?
    I'm afraid not. At best in some places you are rushing through somewhat, but if you are happy with that no problem. At worse like days 4 and 5 are impossible, well not impossible but pointless if you wish to see any of the places you have driven miles to get to. On these 2 days you would have to allow for 18 hours of driving by the time you factor in LA traffic. As well as viewing some of LA from our windshield in traffic you also want to visit 2 amazing National parks that would take a day each to just scratch the surface of what they offer and add a side trip to Glen canyon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    The parks pass will include entrance for all 3 people as it is based on per vehicle in most cases. It will not include any other fees such as camping.



    I'm afraid not. At best in some places you are rushing through somewhat, but if you are happy with that no problem. At worse like days 4 and 5 are impossible, well not impossible but pointless if you wish to see any of the places you have driven miles to get to. On these 2 days you would have to allow for 18 hours of driving by the time you factor in LA traffic. As well as viewing some of LA from our windshield in traffic you also want to visit 2 amazing National parks that would take a day each to just scratch the surface of what they offer and add a side trip to Glen canyon
    For LA, I'm not really planning to spend much time there, but while in the neighborhood might do a quick stop :) Just wanting to visit Big Sur and the west coast and after that grand canyon, just a long trip in between...

    Not sure Santa Barbara is really worth the trip as well if you don't have much time, any contraddictions?

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    In the interest of saving time, you can head from Cambria toward the Grand Canyon. It may be just a bit much for 1 day, it's 650 miles and will take at least 12 hours.

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    Default For me.

    With your time restrictions I would contemplate going from San Francisco around Big Sur to the San Simeon/Cambria area for the night and then head inland to Kingman and stay away from the urban sprawl of LA altogether. I can't see that it's worth being hooked up in traffic for more hours than you will have to visit LA, and it will free up some time for the wonders of the Grand canyon and Zion NP.

    But that's me, how about you ?

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