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1. Posted by LostIn (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi

First timer here so bear with me!.....

I am getting married on 23rd September, for our honeymoon we have booked flights from the UK to San Fran arriving Monday 25th...nothingelse booked apart from a flight on Tuesday 10th Oct from Las Vegas to NYC and then departing NYC on the 13th.

What would you do in that time? How long will should we spend in San Fran? is LA a must see? How long will it take to drive from LA to Las Vegas? Will we die if we visit death valley?!....

ALso...

What must we do/see in NYC, which part of NYC should we base ourselves?

Also weather in Sept/Oct...will I be able to sunbathe on the West coast at that time of year?!

P.S. We are USA virgins....;)

Thanks in advance for any advice!!!!

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 10y

Okay, here's my suggestions.

Start off with a trip to Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley. Take in a spa or two,like the one at MacArthur Park in Sonoma or the one at the Silverado Country Club--drink wine and eat cheeses at the local wineries or while touring the central square in Sonoma, and take the tour at Tattinger in the Carneros region--and ride the tram at Sterling to the top of the hill for a beautiful view in northern Napa Valley.

Come back to SF and do the tourist thing--visit Alcatraz Island, get a "walkaway cocktail" and visit the bread factory where they make bread in the shape of lobsters, crabs, and teddy bears at Fisherman's Wharf, and shop down by Union Square after riding the cable cars through Chinatown to get there.

Get a rental car and drive down Highway I-280 to Hwy 17 to the redwoods, and then south to Monterey and Carmel. Visit the Monterey Aquarium, take the 17-mile drive past the Pebble Beach golf course and see the sea lions and seals on the beach.

Head south down Hwy 1 to San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle, then head to Cambria for dinner on the beach or great ollaieliberry pie fresh from the nearby farms. Stop at the old Dutch town of Solvang on the way south to Santa Barbara and have something from their fabulous pastry shops. At Santa Barbara, have fun on State Street or see the outdoor art show along the beach near the pier.

Head on south to LA via Hwy 1 through Santa Monica, and go to a TV show screening in Hollywood or Burbank. Visit the Universal Studios amusement park/TV studio while here. Go down to Disneyland in Anaheim or visit the Huntington Library in San Marino.

Visit the beaches in Huntington Beach/Laguna Beach if you have the time. Then head on over to Las Vegas, and get there in time for a show--preferably on Friday or Saturday when the town is happening.

Now, while you are in NYC some of the primary things to do are visit the Statue of Liberty, visit Times Square, go to a Broadway show, visit the UN, take a hansom cab (horse and cart) ride around central park and go to Little Italy. But I'm sure others on here can recommend another 20 things to do--so I'll let them do that.

Anyway, congratulations on your coming wedding and have a great trip.

Enjoy.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 10y

Oh, I forgot to mention--it's about a 5 hour drive from LA to Las Vegas--but that's presuming you get out of town before rush hour--otherwise just add two hours for the traffic (it can be terrible).

And no, you won't die in Death Valley. First of all, the main highway from LA to Las Vegas (I-15) goes south of the actual death valley, and secondly, you won't be there at the absolutely hottest time, which is June through August. Plus today's cars just cruise you right through in air conditioned comfort.

Note: For people who do go at that time (June though August) and who go off I-15 onto Hwy 127 into the main section of Death Valley, bring some extra water bottles in your car and a cell phone. That way if your car breaks down, the water will keep you hydrated until the Highway Patrol arrives, and the cell phone will allow you to call in to the highway patrol to let them know about the problem. (Usually, though, the highway patrol will come by within 3 to 4 hours at the latest.) Also, stay with the car and let it shelter you from the sun. The few people that do have problems are those who think they can hike 5 miles in the midday sun to a spot that exists up ahead (which they don't realize is just a mirage). In midday sun when the temperature outside is 127 degrees Farenheit (53 degrees Celsius), you will start dehydrating within 15 minutes and be totally dehydrated within 8 hours. And the reason it is called Highway 127 is because that is how hot it gets there.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 3, 2006 1:45 PM by Calcruzer ]

4. Posted by gypsygenes (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

If you like nature above tourist traps, I'd stay in the northern quandrant of California- you could go up to Sonoma and Eureka. You'll have a rental car? You could see Reno/Lake Tahoe Nevada (3 1/2 hours) to Las Vegas (12 hours?) (you could swing over and see Mammoth Lakes & Devil's Postpile... King's Canyon and Sequoia.)

Yes- the crowds will be back at school and yet you can still get out at the beach and have LOVELY weather.

Congratulations!

5. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Hi LostIn.

Congratulations, by the way.

Having never been to California, I couldn't possibly advise, but I'm trying to get my membership level up, which involves LOTS of posts, so I just thought I'd say hi.

Have a nice honeymoon, and best wishes.

Michael

6. Posted by RJ Mc (Inactive 33 posts) 10y

Hello, LostIn, and best wishes on your wedding. Calcruzer has it down pretty good for you. You are visiting two of the best cities in the world. The wine country will be romantic and a little less hectic. I highly recommend Sterling tram. (And their wine.) The Port of San Francisco is a must for the flavor of that city. How about an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista? I wouldn't bother with LA, but the coast drive is beautiful. Have you driven a left side drive car? As for New York, theatre would be great, and there are television show tapings to check into, as well. And after all that, you'll be starting a new chapter in your life. Enjoy!
Rebecca

7. Posted by RJ Mc (Inactive 33 posts) 10y

Hello, LostIn, and best wishes on your wedding. Calcruzer has it down pretty good for you. You are visiting two of the best cities in the world. The wine country will be romantic and a little less hectic. I highly recommend Sterling tram. (And their wine.) The Port of San Francisco is a must for the flavor of that city. How about an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista? I wouldn't bother with LA, but the coast drive is beautiful. Have you driven a left side drive car? As for New York, theatre would be great, and there are television show tapings to check into, as well. And after all that, you'll be starting a new chapter in your life. Enjoy!
Rebecca
Oh dear - I must be getting tired. I just posted the same thing again. Sorry!

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 9, 2006 4:49 PM by RJ Mc ]

8. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 10y

I just took a couple of my friends to San Francisco. I believe you can do most of the city in a couple of days. If you run through it. We went to Pier 39, Height and Ashbury, China Town, you can take a bike tour through the Golden Gate Bridge. There are also great places to hike if you like the outdoors.