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    Default Road Trip starting in LA, then Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, into Vegas

    We are planning a trip in August 2015.
    A couple of days in LA, then driving to Death Valley, taking one day with a one night stop over. Then planning on going to Grand Canyon area for a couple of days, then into Vegas for a wedding. Any ideas on itinerary and stop offs etc.

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    Default The Other Way Round?

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Here's the thing. There are two facts that you need to account for in planning such a trip. The first is that no matter how you order your intermediate points, you will need to go through Las Vegas at one point or another before getting there as your final destination. The other is that while you could conceivably 'do' Death Valley as a day trip from Las Vegas, the same is not true of the Grand Canyon. Therefore I'd suggest the following. From Los Angeles, head directly for the Grand Canyon. Spend the night in Williams (relatively cheap, but a little far away) or Tusayan (very near the park, but fairly expensive). Then get up early to see sunrise over the Canyon, spend most of your second day checking it out in some depth, and then exit to the east then north on US-89 to spend the night in Kanab UT. That would allow you to spend your third day on the road visiting Zion National Park on your way into Las Vegas and then see Death Valley at your leisure during your stay in that city. And be prepared - temperatures in Death Valley can reach 120 in the shade in August, so don't plan on being outdoors for even a modestly long stretch and any one time.

    AZBuck

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    Default Road Trip Vegas, Grand canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, then coast Road

    We are planning a trip in 2015. Going to Vegas for a wedding on August 29th.
    Then onto Grand Canyon, onto Death Valley, up to Yosemite, across to San Francisco, then down the coast road heading to LA.

    Any ideas for stop overs and time in each place. We have a month for the whole trip including the wedding in Vegas. Any suggestions would be grartefully appreciated.

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    Thanks for the reply. We have now changed our plans to the following after listening to various people, this seems more logical. Any help would be appreciated.

    We are planning a trip in 2015. Going to Vegas for a wedding on August 29th.
    Then onto Grand Canyon, onto Death Valley, up to Yosemite, across to San Francisco, then down the coast road heading to LA.

    Any ideas for stop overs and time in each place. We have a month for the whole trip including the wedding in Vegas. Any suggestions would be grartefully appreciated.


    Mod note. Please keep all questions regarding this trip in one thread. I realise your initial reply did not post as a link within held it in Moderation as suspected spam
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 07-18-2014 at 04:49 AM. Reason: Merged and approved posts.

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    Default So much more.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    With a month, just when most of the country is going back to work and school, this should be a memorable trip. You could include many of the great national parks of southern Utah as well. Get out a good map of AZ and UT and see just how much there is in a relatively small part of the country. Your itinerary could read something like LV, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, UT12, Bryce, Zion, Death Valley, Yosemite, SF, PCH, LA. Even then, there are many more smaller and lesser known parks and forests along the way.

    Having seen where they all are on a good map, you could then check out the national parks website, read a bit about each park and see what there is to see. Depending on your interests, that should give you a good idea as to how long to spend in each park. For instance, a person into serious hiking would probably spend more time than one who is not.

    One thing is for sure, you would want to get onto the site early next year to secure your accommodation if you want to stay within the park - highly recommended.

    Lifey

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    Default Extended stay, good call !

    A wonderful adventure you have to look forward to and the planning is part of the fun ! As Lifey mentioned above, you could comfortably include some [if not all] of the Southern Utah NP's and still have a relaxed time. Between Vegas and Yosemite you will need at least one overnight stop and where will depend on how much time you wish to spend in Death Valley, it'll still be very hot ! There are lodgings in the park at Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells and Bishop is also a popular overnight stop to enable you to explore DV and break the journey to Yosemite, although other options are out there. From SF to LA you want to allow at least one overnight stop to explore the coast but two would be more rewarding, one night in around Monterey and another around Cambria.

    So much to see and do you should do a little searching around the forums and this link is a good place to start. Just keep asking quetions as you go and we can help to 'fine tune' a trip to remember !

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    Default Vegas, Canyons, Yosemite, San Francisco, Highway

    I've already posted a similar thread, but our trip has changed again. We are planning on going to Vegas for a wedding on August 29th 2015, looking at getting into Vegas a few days before the wedding to see the sights etc. Then driving out of Vegas on the 31st, to Grand Canyon area, then planning on going over to Death Valley and then up to Yosemite. Over to San Francisco before driving down the Pacific Highway to LA. We have a month to do the journey. Planning on hiring a camper home for the journey from Vegas to San Francisco, and then picking a car up for the trip down the highway.
    Now to put a bit of a spanner in the works, one of the girls on the trip is 60 on the 13th September and her wish has been to have her birthday in New York, so any ideas on where we can break from are planned trip to have a few days in New York around the 13th, then pick up our original plans.
    Towns to stop off and how much time in each area would be appreciated. As never done a road trip before.

    Mod note. Merged again ! No matter what shape your trip takes on, please keep all questions about this trip here.
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 08-14-2014 at 03:31 AM. Reason: Merged again.

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    Default Loop >NY> Loop ?

    I doubt you the RV rental company will permit you to drive it across Death valley in the summer months and hiring one for part of the trip and then picking up a car in SF would make the rentals more expensive. Have you considered two loop trips ? What I would consider is taking an RV from Vegas to the GC as planned, and then visit Monument valley, Lake Powell, Bryce canyon and Zion before returning to LV and flying to NY. Plenty of time to do that before getting your flight. Then a return flight to Vegas collect a car and drive through Death valley to Yosemite, SF, coast, LA where you could finish or return to LV. It would seem you would have about 12-14 days to do this trip, which a gain would be a reasonable pace to enjoy the sights.

    As mentioned, please keep all questions regarding this trip in this thread.

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    Thanks for the information, we are planning on the whole trip taking a month, so we have plenty of time. We just weren't sure on when to interupt the trip to go over to New York
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 08-18-2014 at 08:51 AM.

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    We have now at last finalised our plans. We are hiring an RV from Vegas for eight days on August 31st, returning it to Vegas, before continuing on the rest of the trip. We are going to Yosemite later in the trip, so looking for ideas based around Death Valley, the canyons, Mounment Valley, and we also want part of it to be along route 66. Be grateful if anyone has any ideas.

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