LA, SAN FRAN, SAN DIEAGO AND VEGAS
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2012 5:37 AM Last Post By: ASHEYG
Mar 14, 2012 10:45 AM
LA, SAN FRAN, SAN DIEAGO AND VEGASHello all
myself and my husband are doing a bit of a road trip and would really appreciate some tips and advice on places to stay hand see as this is all new to us
places we would like to visit so far is
we are quite flexible on when we visit each place other then we want to be in vegas for the 18th may as hubby wants to see a fight.
we arrive in LA on the 10th May and have to be back in LA for the 31st may
Mar 14, 2012 11:13 AM
Mar 14, 2012 11:33 AM
2You will not be able to travel completely through Yosemite National Park and exit from the east side because the Tioga Pass Road will be closed due to heavy snow. It usually does not open up until June.
It would be good to drive north from Los Angeles (May 11) along the Pacific Coast Highway #1. Stop for the night in Santa Barbara (100 miles from Los Angeles) and see the Early California Spanish architecture there and in Montecito, where many celebrities now live. Drive further north through Big Sur and spend the night in Monterey (May 12). Drive north to Ano Nuevo Beach to see the elephant seals (if it is the season for them), then onward through Santa Cruz. Shift over the Highway #101 through Silicon Valley, with the computer and biochemistry industries, plush homes, beautiful views, and onward to San Francisco. Parking is expensive in downtown San Francisco, so find a hotel/motel that includes parking (May 13-14).
It is 4 hours' drive from San Francisco to Yosemite Valley (May 15-16). You need to have advance reservations for accommodation inside the Valley (Yosemite Lodge, Curry Village, Ahwanee Hotel), or just outside the Valley at Wawona maybe. You will be there at the height of the full waterfalls thundering down into the Valley.
Drive west out of Yosemite Valley, then drive south through Bakersfield and then east toward Las Vegas. You should drive straight to Las Vegas and save Death Valley and San Diego until afterwards. Death Valley should have beautiful wildflowers blooming in May. The beaches in San Diego will be a little bit warmer at the end of May than at the beginning of May.
Mar 14, 2012 12:16 PM
3As always, the most important question is: "What are your interests?"
Art galleries, museums, hiking, sightseeing, bar hopping?
At first glance I'd suggest a two day coastal drive to SF, several days there, on to Yosemite for a night or two, then to Vegas.
From Vegas you can do a day trip to DV and maybe a 2~3 day loop to Zion and/or N. Rim Grand Canyon, or Vegas - Sedona - Flagstaff - S. Rim GC.
With a week or so to go, head back to LA + SD.
Beyond that, it's hard to offer specific advice.
Mar 14, 2012 12:40 PM
4First, see what you will in LA...Drive the 101/1 up the coast, with overnight stops,to San Francisco... If your keeping the car, Cow Hollow motor in is oft suggested here, as parking is free... Leaving Yosemite, you might just get lucky this year as the snow pack is light...120 to 395 (another overnight here) to your choice of Death Vy. drives E.to Las Vegas... From Vegas visit Zion NP in Utah then drive to the North Rim and following the 89a cross the Colorado River above Marble Canyon...On then, to the South Rim GCNP.Follow the 180 to Flagstaff and again hop in the 89a to Sedona.Jerome/Prescott...The 89/71/60/95 to Yuma AZ.and the I-8 will save you miles of driving to San Diego and a LA Return... carracar
Mar 14, 2012 2:09 PM
5Look at this map. See the 120 near the words "Yosemite National Park"? That road is also called Tioga Pass. That the road that is closed for the winter. Now, go south until you find the city of Bakersfield. You will have to drive to Bakersfield to get to Death Valley if 120 is closed. From Yosemite to Death Valley will take about 10-11 hours.
Yosemite Accommodations Official booking site. The Tenaya Hotel is not inside the park.
For a random arrival date of May 22, the nly things available in Yosemite Valley (the best place to stay) were tent cabins (hard floor canvas sides & tops). The Wawona Hoel, about 45 minutes from the Valley has a few rooms with & without a, en suite bath. So you can see why you need ot book early.
Mar 16, 2012 4:18 AM
7You have three weeks. and your plans are not too ambitious ... so you will be fine.
As mentioned up-thread, Yosemite NP is problematic as a drive through, but I would still include it as a diversion from Monterey or thereabouts. After SF I would head to Las Vegas from Lake Tahoe plus Hwy 395 - and I think you have enough time to include Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, and Grand Canyon NP - all excellent.
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