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  1. Default Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles

    Hi, we are from Singapore and it's our first time traveling to the United States for our honeymoon as I will be in New York for work.

    Subsequently I would like to visit the west coast from l7 Aug to 31 Aug. My flight has been confirm for arrival via Las Vegas and departing via Los Angeles. Another city
    that we will be visiting will include San Francisco as well.

    Can anyone kindly advise how long do we need in each city and the method of commute between each city? I know time is limited and hence we will focus our attention on the major attractions.

    I only know that we will prefer to drive down Pacific Coastal Highway from SF to LA and spend a min of 4 nights in LA.

    Any help rendered will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default For starters.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    Do you only want to visit the cities? There are interstate highways between each of those. However, you would be missing out on some of the best the southwest has to offer, and some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet.

    Do you have some good maps of the US. If you are already in NY you might like to look for some maps, or get hold of a Rand McNally road atlas. Those will show you just how much there is to see besides the cities. If you are not in NY yet, you can order a road atlas from the RTA store via the link at the bottom of this page. Order it now and you'll have it in a couple of weeks. You will find it invaluable while planning a trip.

    These maps show you all the national parks, and other attractions between the cities. You can then by a little research see just how beautiful and stunning these places are. Once you have seen all that, you might even choose to change your plans. With a fortnight at your disposal you have time to see and enjoy much of what a loop trip out of any of those three cities has to offer. (It is the most discussed trip on these forums.)


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Those natural wonders.

    You will need a minimum of 2 days to drive the coast road between SF and LA and you may prefer to take 3 days. Between LV and SF you have 2 amazing National parks and a wonderful drive. You can drive across Death valley on 190 to 395 and then head north towards Lee vining/Mono Lake and into Yosemite via Tioga Pass. [CA120] You would need a minum 2 nights/3 days to get to SF but 3 nights would be advised. Your first stop would be around Bishop or Mammoth Lakes and then 1 or 2 nights in Yosemite before continuing to SF.

    The Grand canyon is also an option although in the opposite direction. You could drive from Vegas to the south rim and stay one night at this natural wonder of the world. You would also have the option to stop at Hoover dam and drive an old part of route 66 through Seligman. If you are considering a Heli tour from LV to GC then be warned that these do not usually go to the National park area, they go to the west rim on Indian lands and it is nowhere near as spectacular as the 'real thing'.

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