We have just stumbled across this wonderful website and seek some advice from you seasoned travellers.
From the UK, we arrive in LA during the afternoon of 10th August and leave for home from Los Angeles on 31st August (3 weeks). The only flights we have booked are our outward and return journeys.
Our plan is to travel immediately upon landing to Vegas where we are booked in at the Tropicanna. We are not sure whether to fly or drive from LA to Vegas - How long does it take to drive to Vegas and how far is it? How does the driving option compare to travelling by air - are there any perceived advantages of one over the other? Is one option cheaper than the other etc, we have heard of free flights to Vegas but cannot find any. Advice please!
We will be in Vegas for 4 days during which time we will visit The Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. We then return to LA. If we do not have a car we will hire one at this point. We thought we might stay at the coast and travel in to see LA. Where is a good place to stay? Is Santa Monica expensive? If so, can you suggest a good alternative? We will probably allow about 4 days to see LA and enjoy the beach.
We will then drive south to San Diego and stay a couple of days. At this point we have 10 days remaining. We then plan to travel north to San Fran via Newport, Long Beach, Santa Monica / Venice, Santa Barbara, Carmel and Monterey, stopping at one or two on the way. We request advice on which of these places would warrant a prolonged stay and perhaps suggestions of where to stay and any other advice that you can of course offer.
Then we will stay at San Francisco, visiting Sacramento and possibly San Jose (is this worth a visit?) We feel that we will need 2 days to visit Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon and Mammoth, staying overnight in Fresno, would you agree?
We will then travel back from San Fran to LA, with an overnight midway at another beach resort, to catch our flight home.
We would welcome any advice or tips you can give us.
Pam & Graham