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    Default LA to SF, Vegas, Gd Canyon, Kings c. Yosemite, 4aug-10aug

    Hi all,

    This summer, I am going back to the west coast (went there 2 year ago) for a trip between LA and SF, starting the 3 or 4 august in LA, ending the 10th in SF.

    The trip will call at :
    LA, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, SF. (the program in detail bellow).
    We'll be 2, looking for 2 other people (couple preferred), to share travel costs and have fun together. (good English level required) We used to travel (Europe, US, Australia) and like to meet new people.
    The itinerary can be subject to some changes if needed.

    Anyone interested to join ?


    ---------Detailed program------------
    First part (bus or car rental)
    4 august morning LA -> Las Vegas 270mi 5hours drive
    4 august afternoon Las Vegas night in a Casino
    Hang out, visit the strip, pool, party on the evening
    5 aug morning Las Vegas -> Grand Canyon 270mi 5hours drive
    5 aug afternoon Grand Canyon night in the area
    6 aug early morning Grand Canyon hiking (sunrise)
    6 aug afternoon (4pm) Grand Canyon -> Las Vegas area 5 h drive, sleeping in a Casino or other….

    Second part : (car rental)
    7 aug morning Vegas -> Kings canyon NP. 260mi 5hours drive
    7 aug afternoon Kings canyon NP. Hiking 1 full day (overnight)
    8 aug Around Kings canyon NP.
    9 aug morning Kings canyon -> Yosemite /mono lake 120mi 2h30 drive
    9 aug afternoon Yosemitee hiking, hanging around
    10 aug morning Yosemitee
    10 aug Yosemitee -> SF 210mi 4h drive

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default those dang mountains

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I moved your thread to the "Share the Gas" section, where its more likely you'll find another traveler.

    You've also got a very major (although fairly common) problem with your route. It doesn't take into account the Sierra Nevada mountains and the limited opportunities to drive across the mountain range.

    Specifically, there is no way you can drive from Vegas to Kings Canyon in 260 miles - there's just no way to do it without a helicopter! Sequoia and Kings Canyon can only be reached from the West side of the Sierras, which means you have to drive around via the Bakersfield area. That means by the shortest possible route, you're looking at 400+ miles of driving. Note, adding in Death Valley, would also mean even more miles, and trying to do both in one day really isn't possible without a real brutal day on the road.

    From there, the Yosemite Valley is on the west side of the Sierras, but Mono Lake is on the east side so again, that's not an area where you easily do the two things together.

    You might consider doing Death Valley then Yosemite (crossing the scenic Tioga Pass) and then backtracking to Sequoia/Kings.

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    Aww man! What a pity! I was looking for a ride from Vegas to Grand Canyon on 11 May.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    I have a feeling this trip was done LAST year........

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