LA to Yosemite to SF, traveling with mom!
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 17, 2013 9:54 AM Last Post By: AdventureBaxter
Apr 16, 2013 2:35 PM
LA to Yosemite to SF, traveling with mom!Hi guys,
I'm planning to travel the west this may (around 18-27th?) with mom.
We are flying from new york, right after my graduation(YEY!), to LA first. I'm thinking about LA, LV, Yosemite, SF, and some other attraction on the way. We are only booking one-way from new york, so no need to go back to LA!
Though, the biggest restriction comes here: she can't really walk for long distance, so we are trying to rent a car, or ride train or bus as much as we can. plus, I don't have a driver's licence, so my mom is the one to drive...and she's mid-fifty lady.
We would love to take time to relax and enjoy the place with beautiful view and experience, but with reasonable budget, and minimum-walking-route.
Any suggestion for planning the destination, route and what to ride?
Thanks in advance! :)
Apr 16, 2013 2:58 PM
1Does your mother have a disabled placard?
First, if Yosemite is a must, book your lodging NOW. In fact, it may already be too late.
There is a free shuttle that will take you around Yosemite Valley, from place to place, so you can avoid lot of walking.
SF may be a little tougher. It is not the greatest place in the world to drive. Not only are there all those hills, but navigating can be a bit daunting for a visitor. The whole place is infested with no left turn signs. Street signs can be hard to read, especially at night. Many streets are narrow and if you get lucky, they are blocked by illegally double parked delivery trucks or stopped taxis.
Parking can be hard to find and expensive. With a disabled placard it is easier; for example, parking meters are free.
Walking, because of the hills may be difficult. There are some places that are very flat. And there are indeed a lot of taxis if you want to do that.
You can take a train from LA to SF if you want, although the drive is pretty spectacular. If you do the drive, you don't necessarily have ot include hiking--there are many places ot just park at the side of the road & enjoy the view.
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Apr 16, 2013 5:29 PM
2Since you don't have time, leave out Vegas. While it's fun, it sounds like this is for Highschool Grad, no? Much better to wait a few years if this is the case. It's also way out of the way if you plan to see Northern Cali as well with the time you have. You really only need to go there once ever, so may as well be a separate trip.
I would not be discouraged from doing SF, as your time is MUCH better spent there than LA. Parking actually is not very bad at all and the BART train system is fantastic. The Bay Area is naturally very beautiful and San Francisco in my opinion is a much more "World Class" city than LA in terms of sights, culture, museums, etc. That said, if you are a Hollywood fanatic and are all starry-eyed for LA definitely go and form your own opinion.
Yosemite is great, however if you don't already have something reserved you'd better do that NOW! You will be going there during peak tourist season and for good reason - the waterfalls are SPECTACULAR in May. You may be too late to book for Memorial Day weekend though. Keep in mind that Yosemite is still 3 hours from San Francisco, and probably 6-7 hours from LA.
Apr 17, 2013 7:28 AM
Apr 17, 2013 7:34 AM
4Tioga Pass is still closed, you can check conditions here:
I agree, unless you are 21 or more, Las Vegas is not a lot of fun, I think the idea of renting a car and driving Highway 1 would be great, lots of spectacular scenery. There are some motels on Lombard Street that have free parking, or you could turn in the car and take taxis and buses. Try and allow at least 3 nights for the coastal drive as there is a lot to see (even without much or any hiking). If you do go to Yosemite, you could go: LA, Santa Barbara, Cambria or Pismo Beach and Monterey, then Yosemite, then finish in San Francisco.
Save Vegas and some of the southwest parks for a separate trip and have fun.
Apr 17, 2013 9:54 AM
5Even though if you are a high school grad, there is still plenty to see and do in the Las Vegas Area. It's not just all gambling, booze and sin. My dear Alex wrote a Pdf on my blog for Las Vegas that might suit your needs. Here is the link.
Let me know if you need more info and bon voyage, -Baxter
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