Las Vegas & LA in July
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Apr 30, 2013 4:58 AM Last Post By: bzookaj
Apr 28, 2013 12:46 AM
Las Vegas & LA in JulyHi All,
We are planning a 1 week trip to Vegas and LA in July (17th to 24th). We are a family of 3 (10 year old son). Would like suggestions on how many days at each place would be good. And also if we should hire a car or take the public transportation route. Suggestions on areas to stay would also be welcome. We definitely want to do Disney (1 or 2 days???) and the usual Holywood stuff. TIA
Apr 28, 2013 2:33 AM
1One week is NOT sufficient to see (a) the usual Hollywood stuff, (b) two days (three nights) at Disneyland Anaheim, and (c) anything worthwhile in Las Vegas.
I strongly suggest you do rent a car, and do not include Las Vegas (it is stinking hot in July anyway, and your 10yo son will get very little from it). I recommend you have your full seven nights in LA, and actually enjoy the place - there's a lot there to see, plus stuff for your child. Las Vegas is easily missable, in a timeframe as tight as yours.
Apr 28, 2013 4:51 AM
2I disagree with #1. You can easily do all three.
How long you spend at Disney is up to you and your tolerances for theme parks.
Even if you spent two days at Disney, you still have five days for two cities. Split that three and two (with the drive coming out of Vegas time), and you're doing ok.
Rent a car.
Apr 28, 2013 6:22 AM
3I agree with bjookaj that you have enough time to do what you plan, but my question is what are you going to do in Las Vegas with your ten-year old son? Gambling is out of the question of course, he can't go where alcohol is served, many shows are inappropriate or unintersting to him and it will be "stinking hot" as ian says. That leaves long days sitting poolside with the ten-year old. If you do Las Vegas, I'd say a couple nights is plenty under those circumstances.
That leaves five days for Los Angeles where there are many more things to do with a ten-year old (Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, roller skating or biking along the beach in Santa Monica, day trip to Long Beach to visit the Queen Mary or trip to Catalina Island, etc).
Apr 28, 2013 7:18 AM
4I'll elaborate on the car. LA is a large, sprawling urban area. Places you want to visit are not close to each other. Although it is possible to do the LA area by transit, it can be cumbersome & time consuming. Your son is not going to enjoy the three changes of bus and half hour waiting at a bus stop that might be involved in a trip. You will enjoy the LA area much more with a car.
The easiest way to get to Las Vegas from LA is to drive. It will take about 5 hours, depending on where you are in the LA area and what the traffic is like. The drive is not particularly interesting. If you want a break during the drive, you could stop off at the Calico Ghost Town.
Depending on where you stay, it is likely that you can do Las Vegas without a car.
The average high temperature in Las Vegas in July is 104F/40C. That pool is going to look really good.
Not only is "gambling out of the question," but your son will not be allowed in any gaming area, except to walk through on the way to somewhere else. Not even if you accompany him. Some kids enjoy people watching in Las Vegas; others are bored.
If you want some time for yourself, Kids Quest has several centers in Las Vegas, with activities for kids up to age 12. It's a secure child care place and you pay by the hour.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Apr 28, 2013 7:46 AM
5Just an FYI, Disneyland is not in LA, it is in Anaheim which is a city in another county altogether. I really recommend you stay in Anaheim for the days you visit Disneyland, there are lots of hotels and motels in all price ranges within 5-15 minute walk to Disneyland and almost all of them also have the ART shuttle if you don't feel like walking at the end of the day, it is only a few dollars per person.
I also advise you rent a car for your time in LA, your life will be so much easier. You can visit the Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, etc. in an hour or two, it really takes very little time so you could probably combine it with a visit to Universal if you want.
Then spend another day at the beach (try and go to the beach on a weekday and go early to get good parking), riding bikes along the bike path. Maybe visit the Getty Center or Getty Villa up in Malibu (you need reservations for the Villa due to the parking situation).
Apr 28, 2013 8:38 AM
Apr 28, 2013 12:30 PM
7"The usual Hollywood stuff" could cover a wide range of things, and a wide geographic area extending far beyond Hollywood itself. The best movie studio tour, for example, may be Warner Brothers, but it's in Burbank, not Hollywood (Sony Studios is in Culver City and Paramount is in Hollywood). Things in L.A. are spread out, and it's not always easy to get between attractions by public transportation (see www.metro.net), so one can't just say "the usual Hollywood stuff" and pick one good location and mode of transit. As noted, Anaheim is not even in Los Angeles (not the city and not even the wider county), despite the fact that its major league baseball team is now called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Easiest way to get to Las Vegas is flying. Next is driving (boring, but efficient and you have flexibility). Then there's bus (Greyhound, or Amtrak bus or maybe Megabus). It will, of course, be very hot in Las Vegas in July (average high 104F, average low 81F). If you drive, I'd just head straight through and stop just for gas and eating. Yes, it COULD take 4 hours to drive, but could also take much longer, depending on the time of day you go, and exactly where in the huge Southern California metro area (including L.A., Anaheim and many, many, many other cities) you leave from.
How long you should stay in each place is up to you. It could vary widely by individual, depending on budget, interests, etc. You'll need to do more research and decide.
Apr 28, 2013 2:05 PM
8Even if you spent two days at Disney, you still have five days for two cities. Split that three and two (with the drive coming out of Vegas time), and you're doing ok.
This is a bit misleading - it is more realistic to look where each night is spent. How you arrive into LA and depart from Las Vegas, and at what times, are also relevant factors.
Night 1 - LA after arrival into LAX
Night 2 - LA after Hollywood stuff
Night 3 - Anaheim after Santa Monica | Venice perhaps
Night 4 - Anaheim after Disneyland
Night 5 - Anaheim (if two days at Disneyland)
Night 6 - Las Vegas (after 5-hour drive)
Night 7 - after one full day in LV
It can be done of course, but not easily, and I don't think it looks like a lot of fun.
Apr 30, 2013 12:42 AM
Apr 30, 2013 3:25 AM
10If you really want to visit Disneyland for two days (and have a rental car), go very early one morning out to Anaheim, have that day and then two nights, and then the day after that, also head out very early to Las Vegas and get two days (three nights) there ... seems to me the way to maximise your available time.
Three nights in Las Vegas (or two nights plus a flight out late on the second day) is always about right for us ... and enough.
Apr 30, 2013 3:50 AM
11Hi Ian, we are doing it the other way round, we will be in Las Vegas first then thinking of driving from Vegas to LA (just because it turns out cheaper that flying for 3 people) . Were planning 17 to 19th in Vegas (reaching mid day on 17th) and driving early morning 20th from Vegas to LA. Does that make sense?
Apr 30, 2013 4:00 AM
12Hmmm ... I think given your timeframe, two and a half days in Las Vegas is probably one day too many. Why not arrive midday 17, stay night of 17 then night of 18, then head for LA on the 19th. I think it will prove a better use of your time - 2.5 days in Las Vegas isn't hugely better than 1.5 days.
Apr 30, 2013 4:58 AM
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