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RichTeaBiscuitRichTeaBiscuit Forumite
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Hello all,

Just starting to put together a road trip from San Fran to Las Vegas around late September/early October. We have 3 weeks off work and would like a couple of days in San Francisco when we arrive and a few days in Vegas at the end to recover.
Found flights with Delta for around £500 each and a car with the AirlineNetwork for around £350.
This is the rough route I have so far, I would appreciate all comments and pointers - anything I've missed etc...

San Fran - Jamestown - Yosemite NP - Lake Isabella - Death Valley - Valley of Fire/Lake Mead(via ET HWY) - Zion NP - Bryce NP - Monument Valley(via Hanksville/Moki Dugway) - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas

Does the above sound too ambitious or not possible in just over 2weeks? Any advice for accomodation along the route?
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  • Firstly I'm very envious!

    Personally I'd reduce the days in Vegas to maybe 2, and increase days in SF or Yosemite accordingly.
    Vegas is great fun but you don't want to rush the other places IMO.
  • There is another thread - try reading that. Sorry not sure how to link. CALIFORNIA, NEVADA AND ARIZONA. I am doing similar to you in May. I can help with suggestions for hotels on the parts that are the same.
    There are three ways to get something done; do it yourself, hire someone or forbid your kids to do it.
  • ruthy14ruthy14 Forumite
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    hello
    we are flying to vegas on sept 30th for 6 nights then flying to SF for 2 nights staying at the holiday inn express in fishermans wharf got from hotwire at $59 a night + tax.
    Then we hire a car and drive to Monterey to do a bit of whale watching then heading back towards vegas stopping off somewhere on the way and finally last 2 nights in vegas.
    Sounds like you will be doing a lot of sightseeing, good luck with the plans it takes some working out.
  • Definitely stay longer in SF and Yosemite - Vegas is awesome (in the original sense of the word!) and you should definitely try out a trip to the Grand Canyon whilst there, but SF is really lovely, and tonnes of stuff to do - whereas once you've been to one casino or nightclub in Vegas, they're all pretty much the same!
    I stayed at the Excalibur when I was there - absolutely huge room overlooking the strip with 2 double beds and ensuite for about $30 a night. Total bargain cus there's so much competition!
    Yosemite is also stunning - look out for bears! You might want to check out Highway 101 too, which runs from LA to SF along the coast - stunning scenery, and some of the smaller towns like Carmel and Santa Barbara are quaint and lovely.

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  • We a re doing the same route in August, so im interested to see what people suggest. Personally, we are booking hotels in San Fran (where we start) and Vegas (where we end) and priceline - ing the rest as we go... :D
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  • pandapants wrote: »
    We a re doing the same route in August, so im interested to see what people suggest. Personally, we are booking hotels in San Fran (where we start) and Vegas (where we end) and priceline - ing the rest as we go... :D

    Yet another couple doing Vegas and San Francisco here (August). Due to lack of time, we are flying from Vegas to SF then just driving back to Vegas.

    Cannot really recommend accommodation yet but what we've booked is the Carlton in SF for 3 nights, then 2 nights at the Blue Butterfly Inn by Yosemite, 1 night at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley. We are then going back to Vegas for 3 nights but no hotel booked as yet (hoping to get a bargain !).

    They have all had good reviews on Tripadvisor so will have to just see for ourselves.

    www.roadtripamerica.com is invaluable when planning a trip in the US.
  • Hello all,

    Just starting to put together a road trip from San Fran to Las Vegas around late September/early October.

    Does the above sound too ambitious or not possible in just over 2weeks? Any advice for accomodation along the route?

    We're doing a similar trip in July. We are away for 2 weeks.
    Starting in SF(3 nights), Yosemite(1 night), Independence(2 nights), Death Valley(1 night), Page(1 night), Monument Valley(1 night), Grand Canyon(1 night) then Las Vegas(4 nights)
    Our flights are into SF and home from Las Vegas so although we have a fair amount of driving at least it's only 1 way.
    I reckon we'll get a feel for the places we visit although we'll not have time to see all there is to see. We'll decide where we really like and go back another time and spend a bit longer there(hopefully without the kids). We're planning on renting a couple of Harleys for 24 hours in Las Vegas and driving a little bit of route 66. The kids are more excited about that bit than anything else.
    If you are planning on staying in the parks ie Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Death Valley you need to book the hotels now. They sell out fast. We managed to get a night at Thunderbird Lodge(right on the rim of Grand Canyon) but it was sold out a couple of days later. Yosemite lodgings go quick too.
  • Hi,

    There's quite a few of us road-tripers on here, I've been following Murphy's thread with interest and it's inspired this jaunt I'm planning.
    Some useful advice so far... cheers for the Holiday Inn/Hotwire tip - sounds ideal.. Bafty who'd you get your flights with? Thunderbird Lodge has vacancies for the date I have penciled in but I know time is against me to get things booked. I just need to double check if some of the legs are really do-able or if they're a bit ambitious.

    I should state that this will be our second trip to Vegas and that last year we did a Papillon Tour to the GC with a heli flight over the south rim and although it was great it was as all tours are, rushed. This time it will be at our pace and we want sunsets, sunrises, stunning scenery and lot's of time for photos.. I'm a fan of Ansell Adams and I'm hoping to recreate some of his work.. :rolleyes:

    We've pretty much decided on NYNY being our final stop in LV due to Nine Fine Irishmen being our nightly haunt last year. :D
  • bairn7bairn7 Forumite
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    One thing I would suggest, if you are going to Yosemite (which you DEFINITELY should do!) is to book accommodation there now as the places in Yosemite Valley fill up super quick (I was starting to have difficulties pricing accommodation there a couple of weeks ago for a stay in June). If you want to save cash, don't stay in the valley itself, I'd recommend White Chief Mountain Lodge at Fishcamp, just south of the south entrance to the park. Stayed there last year and it is good value and closer to the park than the main other hotel towns of Mariposa and El Portal.Just my 2 cents!
    Oh, another thing to watch out for if you are going October time is that the main Tioga Pass road from Yosemite to Mammoth Lakes (the road you would take to get to Death Valley) closes around this time for the winter. All depends on if they have early snowfall, just something to bear in mind :)
  • We did LV to SF and back again in three weeks a couple of years ago. Went up via Death Valley and Reno (unfortunately , the day we headed towards Yosemite was the day the snow started and all roads through the park were closed) then the Napa Valley and Marin county
    Came down from SF via Highway 101 which was really spectacular. If you go this way, Hurst Castle is well worth a visit and there is an Elephant seal sanctuary near there which is an experience.

    In Vegas, we stayed at Bally's on the strip, cost about $40 per night (compared to over $100 per night average in SF!) It's not a theme hotel like Excaliber, Circus Circus etc. so doesn't have loads of kids running the halls and yelling a lot.
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