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    • dbrookf
    • By dbrookf 12th Oct 16, 5:19 PM
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    San Francisco two Centre holiday suggestions?
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    San Francisco two Centre holiday suggestions? 12th Oct 16 at 5:19 PM
    We are thinking of San Francisco as a holiday destination next year and OH is not keen on Las Vegas as a second centre destination! Anyone suggest anywhere else that would fit in instead?
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    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 12th Oct 16, 5:40 PM
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    Why not fly in to SFO and fly out of LA or San Diego? Lots of places to visit in between.
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    • By John259 12th Oct 16, 6:21 PM
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    Here's some ideas if you rent a car. How many of these you could visit depends on how long you've got and how much driving you'd be happy to do.

    Yosemite National Park
    Lake Tahoe
    The California Pacific Coast Highway
    The Oregon Coast
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • blindman
    • By blindman 12th Oct 16, 7:43 PM
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    Southwest Thread is full of advice from people who've been there.
    • realaledrinker
    • By realaledrinker 13th Oct 16, 1:02 PM
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    We flew to SFO for a week, then flew to Vegas for a couple of days then drove back to SFO via Death Valley and Yosemite. Absolutely stunning!
    Ethical moneysaver
    • blindman
    • By blindman 13th Oct 16, 1:09 PM
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    We flew to SFO for a week, then flew to Vegas for a couple of days then drove back to SFO via Death Valley and Yosemite. Absolutely stunning!
    Originally posted by realaledrinker
    Wierd itin

    Was there a OW drop off fee for the car?
    • dbrookf
    • By dbrookf 13th Oct 16, 6:37 PM
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    Thanks for suggestions anywhere close so that we don't have to drive?
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 13th Oct 16, 7:25 PM
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    Thanks for suggestions anywhere close so that we don't have to drive?
    Originally posted by dbrookf
    with a bit of findangling, you could use Amtrak and have a multi stop itinerary from San Fransisco (ish) all the way down to San Diego.

    Book an open jaw ticket flying into San Fran and out of San Diego.

    If you are able to drive, you'll get an awful lot more out of your holiday

    Murph
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    • dbrookf
    • By dbrookf 13th Oct 16, 9:49 PM
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    with a bit of findangling, you could use Amtrak and have a multi stop itinerary from San Fransisco (ish) all the way down to San Diego.

    Book an open jaw ticket flying into San Fran and out of San Diego.

    If you are able to drive, you'll get an awful lot more out of your holiday

    Murph
    Originally posted by Murphy_The_Cat
    What more would we get? Thinking of maybe hiring a car now !
    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 13th Oct 16, 10:44 PM
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    drive the pacific coast highway san fran to san diego, fabulous road. Watch "play misty for me" and "basic instinct" before you go - gives you an idea of the road. loads of places to stop en route.
    and remember ...
    The coldest winter I ever spent was the summer I had in San Fransisco.
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 13th Oct 16, 10:50 PM
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    What more would we get? Thinking of maybe hiring a car now !
    Originally posted by dbrookf

    Absolutely, definitely hire a car. You;ll get much more from your hols. Beautiful scenery, amazing nature and wildlife. Give yourself time to take it easy.
    We had an amazing time doing it that way and as a bonus, spent relatively little on accommodation, as it was easier to stay at motels along the way.
    We went all the way to San Diego, parked the car and popped over the border into Mexico. Found a stand in Tijuana with the best handmade tacos in town.
    The locals were impressed that we found the street stall and fussed over us. A completely different experience when they create the soft taco shells from scratch, against the awful bready things we eat here. Fresh beef, chopped and grilled on the spot and a range of condiments from which to choose.
    Fifteen pesos each. Two a filling meal.

    We managed to skip the long queues on return to the USA. Can't tell you how.

    There are existing threads with suggestions. Give yourself at least three weeks to mooch around and explore.

    We would just chance upon places and end up doing a nature walk or discover a bay full of Elephant seals or...

    We had everything in the car with us, so we could change into suitable outfits at ease.

    Partner got to do things she dreamt of, like driving down Rodeo Drive, visiting Beverley Hills and Sunset Boulevard...
    With a vehicle you have a lot more freedom.
    • boliston
    • By boliston 13th Oct 16, 10:56 PM
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    I did a nice "open jaw" holiday in 2000 flying in to SFO and out of LAX and hiring a car to go yosemite - vegas - sedona - wickenburg - palm springs - I benefited from not having to drive as I had injured my arm the week before flying (went with mother & sister)
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 14th Oct 16, 10:00 AM
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    I did a similar trip to boliston.
    My advice would be to hire a car but not for the time you are in San Francisco.
    Parking in the city is at a premium and not all hotels have parking facilities and of those that do, many charge for parking.
    The public transport in SF is extremely good and the cable cars and street cars will get you anywhere in the city quickly and cheaply.
    It's also very easy to hire a cycle for the day (A very good trip is to over the Golden gate bridge to Sausalito then get a ferry back to SF).

    This is basically what I did a few years ago. I spent 6 days in SF then picked up a car and drove north to Yosemite where I stayed for a couple of days, through Death Valley with a one night stay to Las Vegas where I stayed for 2 days. (but to be honest, 1 day just to have seen the place would have been enough).
    I then drove to Los Angeles where I dropped of the car and flew home.
    Alamo didn't charge a fee for dropping off at a different location provided the pick and drop off are in the same state.
    • NiftyDigits
    • By NiftyDigits 14th Oct 16, 11:05 AM
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    We kept our car for San Francisco. Just don't stay in a hotel that charges for parking.
    We stayed at a Travelodge. Having the car was useful for day trips outside San Francisco, Muir Beach for example and shopping. For the city itself, we, in the main, walked.
    • realaledrinker
    • By realaledrinker 14th Oct 16, 12:39 PM
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    Wierd itin

    Was there a OW drop off fee for the car?
    Originally posted by blindman
    If your bucket list includes SF, Vegas, Yosemite and Death Valley then not weird at all.


    And yes.
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    • blindman
    • By blindman 14th Oct 16, 2:14 PM
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    If your bucket list includes SF, Vegas, Yosemite and Death Valley then not weird at all.


    And yes.
    Originally posted by realaledrinker
    Surely you could have flown into SFO-then driven to Yosemite, death valley and LAS Vegas then flown home??

    IIRC No OW fees from SFO to Nevada
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 14th Oct 16, 2:40 PM
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    Surely you could have flown into SFO-then driven to Yosemite, death valley and LAS Vegas then flown home??

    IIRC No OW fees from SFO to Nevada
    Originally posted by blindman
    blindman

    That link about oneway fees is just what a lot of posters have been looking for.
    Interesting about the one way charges out of SFO during July & Aug.
    Looking to lose 30lb by 28th April 2017. 16lb gone since 13th June, 14lb to go.



    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 14th Oct 16, 5:38 PM
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    IIRC No OW fees from SFO to Nevada
    Originally posted by blindman

    The info given on that link isn't correct.
    I've just done a quick test booking with both Alamo and Avis and they both charge a fee for picking up in SF and dropping off in LV.
    Alamo is about 120 and Avis is 90.
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 14th Oct 16, 6:11 PM
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    The info given on that link isn't correct.
    I've just done a quick test booking with both Alamo and Avis and they both charge a fee for picking up in SF and dropping off in LV.
    Alamo is about 120 and Avis is 90.
    Originally posted by shaun from Africa
    was it a July or Aug booking ? (the article doesn't suggest free one way with Avis, regardless of booking date)

    p.s. that link is VERY handy for looking at the mileage brackets for one way rentals.
    One of my rentals next year is 520 miles
    $300 with Dollar, Thrifty & Alamo
    $399 with National
    an eye watering $750 with Hertz (I've researched that one seperately)
    $500 with Fox

    But a not so bad at all $100 with Avis
    Last edited by Murphy_The_Cat; 14-10-2016 at 6:18 PM.
    Looking to lose 30lb by 28th April 2017. 16lb gone since 13th June, 14lb to go.



    • Chyna-s
    • By Chyna-s 15th Oct 16, 7:29 PM
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    Surely you could have flown into SFO-then driven to Yosemite, death valley and LAS Vegas then flown home??

    IIRC No OW fees from SFO to Nevada
    Originally posted by blindman
    This is exactly my trip next month SF-YNP-DV-LV. No one way fee charged.
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