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    travellingenigma Guest

    Default Spring Las Vegas Trip then dive to San Francisco

    Hi There
    We are new to this great forum and wondered if we could kindly ask some advice.

    We are a UK couple late 30's no kids, travelling to Las Vegas for 4 nights in March then we have 2 weeks to Drive to San Francisco after which we will have 4 days in San Francisco. Wondered if we could ask any general recommendation for things to do in Las Vegas (we are not really gamblers) - not sure whether to get a car on arrival or whether to wait till we start our road trip.

    The main part we are not sure of is a great route to drive from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Would like to see Yosemite, Death Valley and Carmel and some of coast. Any recommendations really appreciated. We have our accommodation booked in LV and SF but are not sure whether to book more or wait till we arrive.

    Thanks if you are able to help

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    travellingenigma Guest

    Default Las Vegas to San Francisco

    Hi There
    We are new to this great forum and wondered if we could kindly ask some advice.

    We are a UK couple late 30's no kids, travelling to Las Vegas for 4 nights in March then we have 2 weeks to Drive to San Francisco after which we will have 4 days in San Francisco.

    Wondered if we could ask any general recommendation of a great route to drive from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Would like to see Yosemite, Death Valley and Carmel and some of coast. Any recommendations really appreciated. We have our accommodation booked in LV and SF but are not sure whether to book more or wait till we arrive.

    Thanks if you are able to help
    Last edited by AZBuck; 02-13-2011 at 07:42 AM. Reason: Merged posts. Please do not create multiple threads about the same trip.

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    Default A lot of options.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    With 2 weeks for the trip from Vegas to San Fran you have quite a few options open to you, and you will find lots of info to help you decide throughout the forums.

    You could do a loop towards the East before heading West, for example, North on I 15 to Springdale and Zion NP, Bryce canyon and then head back South through Page to the South rim of the Grand canyon [possibly Monument valley] before heading towards the coast. Between Cambria and Monterey you have a spectacular stretch of coastline that goes around Big Sur on CA1.

    From Monterey you could head to Yosemite and back to San Fran, but one important thing to note when routing this time of year is that you are unable to cross the Sierra mountains via the Tioga pass [CA120] from the East. You would also have the option to head further North to Lake Tahoe and around the mountains to Yosemite, that would provide a good opportunity to drive through Death valley.

    There is a lot to see and do in Vegas other than gambling but you could hire a car after a couple of days as there is much to see close by, but of course these sights could be included in your road trip. Death Valley, Valley of Fire and Hoover dam are some of there more notable places of interest.

    Have a look around the forums and when you have some ideas, feel free to run them by us.

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    Default Working to Your Advantage

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Although Las Vegas is set up to appeal to gamblers, that fact can work in your favor as you can enjoy the free or low cost enticements without dropping any coin at the tables or slots. Besides the indoor activities like the shows, buffets and shows, there are some great natural settings in the area including Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. You can also book a helicopter ride into the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and Death Valley can be done as a day trip from town.

    From Vegas, I would probably first head for the coast around Morro Bay or Cambria and drive north along it to Monterey and than head for Yosemite. Yosemite will still be snowed in at higher elevations, but the valley floor will be open and very few tourists will be in the park at that time of year. Another plus is that if the winter snow pack has started to melt the waterfalls will be spectacular, and if you're lucky you may get to see frazil ice. From there, it's a relatively short drive up to San Francisco

    AZBuck

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    travellingenigma Guest

    Default Grand Canyon to California

    Hi There
    Can anyone recommend a good overnight stay and attraction whilst we drive Tusayan to Palm Springs as it seems a long way in 1 day. We thought they may be an interesting point somewhere?

    Have thought about coming back from Grand Canyon and stopping somewhere interesting then going to Death Valley and heading down to Palm Springs. Would like to have seen Death Valley no sure if we can stay nearby. Would maybe do GC - ? - Death Valley - ? - Palm Springs.

    Actually thinking about it is Palm Springs worth a visit or should we bypass?

    Also wondered after Palm Springs heading up to San Francisco what would be a good next point to see. We have 10 days holiday from Grand Canyon to SF.

    Thanks in you can help

    Moderator Note: Please stop creating new threads about this same trip. This is the 2nd time we've had to merge your new threads, and if you continue to ignore forum policies you may lose your ability to post.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 02-16-2011 at 08:41 AM. Reason: Merged Again

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    Default Ersatz UK is an Option

    About halfway between Tusayan and Palm Springs is the otherwise unremarkable town of Lake Havasu City. A number of years ago, a local promoter bought the London Bridge and had it shipped, stone by stone, to the Arizona desert as a tourist attraction. A Potemkin Village of 'British' design has grown up around it and though I doubt seriously that it will remind you of home, it might give you a good chuckle.

    AZBuck

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