Las Vegas/ L.A. to San Franciscoo
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 26, 2012 2:07 PM Last Post By: JoanR
Oct 25, 2012 6:01 AM
Las Vegas/ L.A. to San FranciscooHi,
I'm looking to leave Vegas very early on the Wednesday 2nd January and would like to be in San Francisco in 2 days. I was thinking of Flying to LAX or Burbank from Las Vegas arriving at about 9am.
I was then hoping to rent a car (there are 4 of us in total) and drive up the coast to S.F.
Which airport would be better to fly to in LA (LAX or Burbank)?
Where would be a good stop to stay the night on the way up to S.F.?
Would we have time to visit to any LA sights such as Hollywood sign or would they be too time consuming?
Thanks in advance.
Oct 25, 2012 7:12 AM
Oct 25, 2012 9:04 AM
2Since it doesn't sound like you have a list of wannados for LA-- go with Bzookaj's suggestion and pick
up your car in Vegas. Good stops on the Pacific Coast are Avila Beach (if the sun's shining January 2)
or Cambria/San Simeon. Overnighting in Cambria means you can wake up the next morning and see Hearst Castle before driving up through Big Sur's Redwoods on the way to San Francsico. Have Fun!
Oct 25, 2012 9:19 AM
3Is it not a boring day's drive from Vegas to the Pacific Coast?
Oct 25, 2012 9:24 AM
Oct 25, 2012 9:29 AM
5If I can offer a suggestion- You may want to just fly Las Vegas to San Francisco and, after seeing The City for a few days pick up a
rental car and drive to Big Sur- a drive of just 4 hours or so. Alternatively, you could drive northward toward the Redwood wine country and the coast of Sonoma/Mendocino- a drive of about 4 hours also. Spectacular
Oct 25, 2012 12:10 PM
Oct 26, 2012 8:33 AM
7If I were going to fly to the L.A. area and then drive, I'd fly to BUR (Jetblue or Southwest), since it's a smaller airport very easy to deal with, and it would be a little further from central rush hour traffic at 9:30 a.m., by the time you get your car, then would be LAX; head north on 101 to SLO, then Hwy. 1 (if you were to fly into LAX, I'd probably just take I-405 to I-10 to Hwy. 1). Maybe get to Cambria or San Luis Obispo the first day. Google Maps says 7 hours to drive from Vegas to SLO; 3 1/2 hours from Burbank Airport to SLO. Overall, I don't see the advantage of flying to BUR first, over driving from Vegas, unless there were a big difference in rental car prices (taking into consideration the flight cost) or you just want to drive about 220 miles less
You could save more time by flying to Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo or even Fresno, and then driving, but flights to such smaller airports tend to cost more than to larger cities. I'd probably just bite the bullet and drive from LV, chalking off the first day for a long drive and enjoying a more scenic drive the next day. I'd still rather have an extra day over the two you have decided on.
Oct 26, 2012 2:07 PM
8Since the Big Sur coast it of main interest to you I would fly into Santa Barbara, visit there for half a day, (the Mission, the Courthouse, Stearns Wharf, etc.) then go to Cambria for the night in a motel with a view on Moonstone Beach. The next morning I would have the first morning tour of Hearst Castle reserved, and then take my time up the Big Sur Coast, with all the required stops to gape and gasp. Spend that night in the Monterey/Carmel area before going on to San Francisco. Monterey/Carmel is worth a second night to enjoy Point Lobos, the Monterey Bay Aquariuim, the walk along the ocean from Pebble Beach, the shops and galleries in Carmel. There are wineries in Carmel Valley.
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