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    Hi we are coming to cali in september we have a 30 ft RV for a total of 21 days we will start and finish in LA has anyone got any good route tips,we have seen SFran and LV already (just the citys) we are not big walkers but can stroll a bit!Yosemite is a must and the big trees and the coast are also on the list the Grand canyon would be nice but i think it is to much out of the way(or?)we prefer the quieter places but obviously we have to go to some overrun tourist attractions any nice routes would be much appreciated thanks in advance BOB+ANITA

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    Default Wonderful !!

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    It would depend on how much time you want to spend in certain places, but certainly with your time frame the Grand canyon is easily reachable. You could make your way there over a couple of days from LA and head North towards Page AZ with a possible detour to Monument valley. In Southern Utah you have the likes of Bryce canyon and Zion NP and heading out to Arches NP via Monument valley wouldn't be out of the question.

    From Zion you could cut across to Yosemite or head down to Vegas and through Death valley, either way you could take the spectacular Tioga pass [CA120] over the Sierra's. From Yosemite you could head to Sequoia NP for the "big trees" or visit them near the Southern entrance to Yosemite in Mariposa grove. Across to Monterey and down CA1 hugging the coast for a spectacular drive around Big Sur.

    There are a limited number of Natinal park sites that take larger RV's so I would recommend booking in advance as soon as it is possible.

    You will find a lot of info on this much discussed area by searching the forums. Here are some of the more popular threads to help get you started, including my own RV trip in this area.

    Have a look around and as you build your trip and new questions arise, just ask !

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbylines View Post
    .....we prefer the quieter places...... BOB+ANITA
    Have you thought about going to the North Rim? It is much quieter, easier to get around with a vehicle and park, and no where near as commercialised.... and just as spectacular as the South Rim, with some great short walks.

    Make sure you see the Colorado River through Angels Window! It makes for beautiful photography.

    You will then also be much closer to Zion and Bryce.

    Lifey who prefers the North Rim

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    Thanks for the tips!We booked a north rim camp site yesterday! we arrive in LA on the saturday and have booked the camping site for the monday and tuesday nights,should be able to take it easy to get there we have never heard of Zion and Bryce will google them to find out more once again a big British and German(wife) thankyou. edit:Have just noticed southwest dave is from south England,so am i ,Bournemouth/Poole are my home towns

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    You will not be allowed to pick up the RV on the same day that you arrive in LA from overseas, so you will only have 2 days to get to the GC. It's a 2 day drive to get there, so you won't be able to get too far off the direct route. Perhaps Sunday night in Las Vegas would make the most sense, the Oasis RV park would probably be the best place to stay.

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    We arrive on the friday so we took this into consideration when booking for the monday,the oasis park seems like a good idea thanks

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    With 3 days, you have a lot more flexibility. You could take 2 days to get to Las Vegas, or you could take 2 days between LV and the GC.

    Places to see between LA and LV would be Joshua Tree, Mojave Preserve, and/or Death Valley. Note that you may or may not be allowed to take a rental RV through Death Valley that time of year, check with the rental company. Between LV and GC, there's Zion and/or Bryce Canyon.

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    should be able to take it easy to get there we have never heard of Zion and Bryce will google them to find out more
    Both are wonderful parks, Zion would make a good place to stop after Vegas and before the North rim and Bryce afterwards as you have booked the North rim. Oasis is indeed a very nice resort, for Zion you have the NP park campground called the 'Watchman' which is in a great location just inside the park entrance and close to the free shuttle bus service into the canyon. If it's booked up you could consider the Virgin river resort a few miles away. To get to the North rim on UT 9 from Zion you will have to pay $15 to take the RV through the Mount Carmel tunnel. This would mean a small wait until they stop on coming traffic from entering the tunnel so you can ride down the centre because of height and width issues. You could head back to Hurricane and UT59, but it won't be half as much fun ! ;-)
    For Bryce canyon check out 'Ruby's Inn', a great spot at the head of the canyon just outside of the park. After Bryce canyon you could continue East on scenic 12 to Capitol Reef NP and down to Monument valley via the Moki Dugway [interesting in an RV] or continue to Arches NP near Moab. Alternatively head back on yourself and South from Page on 89.

    Once you have an outline itinerary put together based on your thoughts, I am sure we can help 'fine tune' it.

    Have just noticed southwest dave is from south England,so am i ,Bournemouth/Poole are my home towns
    Small world ! I am just along the road [ by US standards anyway !] in Worthing, Sussex.

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    Thanks for the tips,most of the comments seem to go from la to lv then the gc i was planning to go up the right hand side and then to gc and then lv or is this not advisable?

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    I am not sure exactly what you mean. You are heading to the North rim and the direct route would be up I 15 through Vegas. If you want to go up the "right hand side" I presume you mean to Flagstaff and up US89 ? That will take at about another 3 hours and is 140 miles more in distance and is not a problem if you plan on stopping overnight on route. If so I think it makes a lot of sense to cover different ground and create more of a loop.

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