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    Default My Agenda for Oct 2013 Two-Week West Coast Honeymoon

    Hi folks,
    my wife and I both live in Shanghai and plan to spend our honeymoon from OCT 4 to OCT 18 in US.
    We'll land and depart at LAX.

    We lack the experience of travelling in US, so could you please give me some advice on my agenda below:

    2013-10-4 LA - SD
    2013-10-5 SD - LV
    2013-10-6 LV
    2013-10-7 LV - GCNR
    2013-10-8 GCNR -DVNP
    2013-10-9 DVNP - YNP
    2013-10-10 YNP
    2013-10-11 YNP
    2013-10-12 YNP - SF
    2013-10-13 SF
    2013-10-14 SF - XX
    2013-10-15 XX - LA
    2013-10-16 LA
    2013-10-17 LA
    2013-10-18 LA

    GCNR stands for Grand Canyon North Rim
    DVNP is Death Valley National Park
    YNP is Yosemite National Park
    XX is somewhere between SF and LA, maybe Monterey but not decided yet

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    Welcome!

    What exact day and time will you be landing at LAX? I assume you will be coming in from China on a nonstop international flight?

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    I'll arrive at 13:30 on Oct 4 at LAX.
    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Welcome!

    What exact day and time will you be landing at LAX? I assume you will be coming in from China on a nonstop international flight?

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I would really recommend you spend that first night right near LAX airport. Trying to do any significant driving after a 12+ hour flight is always a bad idea, but your issues would be compounded as you would be getting on the road right at the peak of rush hour traffic.

    Spend the night in Los Angeles, and drive to SD the next day after you've had a chance to rest, adjust and deal with some of the jetlag. I'd then push everything else back a day, and probably spend one less day in LA at the end of your trip.

    The other suggestion I would make, to save you some time, would be to drive directly from San Diego or Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon, and then go to Vegas on your way to Death Valley. That will save you quite a bit of miles and keep you from some backtracking.

    Beyond that, I think you're doing pretty good and should have a great trip!

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    Michael, it looks to me like he is going to the North Rim - does your advice still apply?

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    Yes, I planned to go to the North Rim as many people suggest. But I am not that confirmed, if the South Rim will save a lot of time and effort.

    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Michael, it looks to me like he is going to the North Rim - does your advice still apply?

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    Thanks a lot. I really forgot the jetlag!
    Your suggestion about the Grand Canyon is also very helpful.
    Another thing, a friend told me about the fire at Yosemite these days. Will it be a problem next month? :D
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 09-06-2013 at 01:15 AM. Reason: Removed quote of entire previous post

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    Default The South Rim makes more sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_chn View Post
    Yes, I planned to go to the North Rim as many people suggest. But I am not that confirmed, if the South Rim will save a lot of time and effort.
    In your case and with your time frame, it would make more sense to go to the South Rim, and head to Las Vegas after that. Either rim will give you spectacular views of this natural wonder. The South Rim is more developed and commercialised than the North Rim, and therefore sees many more visitors. But be assured, you will not miss out on anything no matter which rim you visit. I highly recommend that you drive to the eastern entrance, and enter the canyon from the east, just like the Colorado River does. There are many viewpoints to stop at with views of the river, along this route.

    Keep checking on the state of the road closures in Yosemite, while you are on the road. If it looks like there may still be some restrictions on driving through the park, I would take one day from Yosemite and allot another day to the Grand Canyon.

    Lifey

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    Sure, I'll definitely take your advice~
    Another thing is about lodging: any advice on how and where we should stay in/near the parks?
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 09-06-2013 at 01:15 AM. Reason: Removed quote of entire previous post

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    The route I suggested is based on going to the south rim, which would save you some time on a trip like this. If, however, you really want to go to the north side, then stick with your original plan.

    The Rim Fire near Yosemite shouldn't significantly impact your trip. Right now, a part of Tioga Pass is closed, and you can't use it to drive all the way to the valley from US-395, but that closure is expected to be lifted within a week or so, and the fire will likely be completely contained by the time you get here.

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