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1. Posted by cfkam (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

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I'm planning on going to LA in January from Australia.

What are the weather conditions like for driving around LA to San Fransisco, to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon at that time of the year?

There's no ice and snow right?

What is the standard price for petrol/gasoline, etc at the moment? How long does it take to drive to these places from LA?

Thanks,
Mags

2. Posted by chrispriet (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi Mags,

January out here in LA is somewhat cold-at least for LA. It stay in the mid 60's to low 70's for much of the day and it gets down to the 40's in some areas at night.

There is no snow and not to much rain.

If your going to San Fran you may encounter more rain and clouds-it will take you about 6 hours to drive.

Las Vegas will be dry and a little warmer-it takes about 4 hours to get out there.

I am not sure of the grand Canyon...but I would say it would be dry as well.

I just filled my tank up for $2.49 a gallon here in West LA.

Good luck to you!
Chris

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Grand Canyon....could very well be snow...that place isn't even warm in the summer...:(

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

Hello again Mags,
AS you know, I went in February and found Vegas pleasantly warm. But then again I'm English! T-shirt and shorts were not unusual, even in the evenings.
The Grand Canyon was snow-free, but we were warned that Yosemite might not be passable by certain routes.
If you take a flight over the Canyon, it won't matter, and you'll see the Hoover dam too.
NOTE that if you choose to drive over this, there could be security checks and delays.

5. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 10y

with the exception of the grand canyon -- no snow at all.

San francisco may be rainy but easy enough to drive. if you plan a las vegas/san francisco route -- don't go through reno/tahoe as you will encounter snow... take a southern route.

San Francisco will also be chilly, but never below freezing (same for LA and Vegas).

6. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 10y

with the exception of the grand canyon -- no snow at all.

San francisco may be rainy but easy enough to drive. if you plan a las vegas/san francisco route -- don't go through reno/tahoe as you will encounter snow... take a southern route.

San Francisco will also be chilly, but never below freezing (same for LA and Vegas).

7. Posted by lordotis (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

Well, I just got back from the Grand Canyon and it was very cold. You can only visit the South Rim during the winter (the North Rim is about 300 metres higher and gets snowbound from October and the approach road is closed. The South Rim is more accessible, but as there is only one road in from the Vegas direction, if it snows just before you get there, but before it is plowed/ploughed, then you can forget trying to get there - so listen to the radio beforehand.

The road trip to the Canyon takes about 4 hours from Las Vegas (but give yourself 5 hours because the line at the entrance to the National Park can take ages to get past, even when it is quiet) as it is about 290 miles (460Km) from Vegas.

The roads (from a British perspective) were clear, well made, and very fast. I was sticking ridgedly to the speed limit plus 10 miles per hour (to make better progress, but not excessive enough to get pulled up by the police). But in the end, I just joined in the Wacky Races that developed among the Americans as they were trying (like me) to get there for sunrise, and we all ended up doing 110mph (175Km/h)!

The shortest route is over the Hoover Dam, but there are security checks on cars passing through which can take time. If it is a busy holiday weekend like the weekend just gone, it might be worth detouring on a slightly longer route (by another 50 miles/80Km) to avoid the checks. Both the Hoover Dam and GC National Park have their own radio information which will provide any expected delays for travellers.

We were up at the Canyon for sunrise and it was probably about freezing, but the wind chill factor made it feel bitterly cold. It warmed up later on, but not enough for T shirts!

Vegas can be chilly at night in Winter, so pack 'layers' of clothes and take a couple of jackets, including a warm one. Vegas can get very busy at the weekend as the Californians will drive there for the weekend. It is much more relaxed on weekdays, and that really is the time to go if your schedule is flexible.

8. Posted by cfkam (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

i would never have guessed Las vegas and the canyon would be soo cold. gee well I guess this US trip is really meant to gear me up for life in London (i'm from Australia so really don't know anything about cold).

Thanks for the advice, sounds like driving really isn't for me as I wouldn't have a clue what to do in cold weather with snowy conditions.

The helicopter idea from Las Vegas sounds like a good one for me.

Thanks friends, that's great info for me!

-mags