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11. Posted by mossyjuice (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hey
We're two travellers who want to do the exact same thing, we're in San Fran at the moment, need to be in LA for around the fifteenth, sixteenth November, but want to see the Grand Canyon on the way down. Let us know if you're interested in letting us come along.
Ta

12. Posted by SnuffleRag (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hey there, I have done the San Fran to LA through route 1. It was amazing, Half Moon Bay, The Big Sur, Carmel Bay, Santa Barbara. All lovely places. In LA we quickly had a guided tour of the city and checked out Santa Monica. Then in the same day we rode half-way to Sequoia national park (General Sherman, biggest living thing in the world), next day spent there and then half way to Yosemite national park (El Capitan etc), next day spent there and then back to San Fran (Lombard street, Fishermans Wharf, Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz). All this was done on Harley Davidsons by the way. A group of 8 of us. :)

So it is a similar thing to what you are planning. LA is all that great, I would just see it and get out of there asap.

Enjoy your trip.

13. Posted by AnaBrown (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Check out this site http://www.caravantours.com/Tours/california-tours.html. I think you can do it on your own. The site gives you an idea how to go from one place to another eventhough you're not gonna get their service hehehe.

14. Posted by kwong (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi

We arrive from LV to LA on 24th mid day, to rent a car to drive to SF Highway 1 arriving on Sunday 26.
1) This is our first time, my husband is not familiar with the left hand driving, will this be a problem? Is it easy to get use to it?
2) As the hotels in LA will be more expensive, where would you suggest to stay en route to SF for the first and 2nd night along the Highway 1? Budget USD50-70. We will be traveling slow speed as we are not familiar with the place and car we dont know how to gauge the timing.
3) Would we have time to drive around LA before moving on to highway 1? What is the "must" see in LA that we must not miss and have sufficient time to drive to the hotel suggested? Is the roads in LA city complicating?
4) We do not have any mobile phones, do we need one?

Thanks

15. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting kwong

What is the "must" see in LA that we must not miss and have sufficient time to drive to the hotel suggested? Is the roads in LA city complicating?

When you phrase the question that way I would say "nothing". Los Angeles is not really that kind of city -- especially if you are driving in it for the first time and on the wrong side of the road. Of course there is the Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall, but if that were of interest you would probably already know about it.

Was there anything in particular that caught your attention when you were doing your trip planning (i.e., Googling)?

4) We do not have any mobile phones, do we need one?

Who are you planning on calling?

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

16. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting kwong

We arrive from LV to LA on 24th mid day, to rent a car to drive to SF Highway 1 arriving on Sunday 26.
1) This is our first time, my husband is not familiar with the left hand driving, will this be a problem? Is it easy to get use to it?

A follow-up: Picking up the rental car will take a bit of time; unless you want to stay in Los Angeles, I would plan to head out before the beginning of rush hour (16.00 or earlier). Or plan to spend the night somewhere in Los Angeles and then head out early the next morning. This might give you a bit more time to get used to the car.

After my six blocks of driving in Sydney I can't imagine driving on the wrong side of the road in Los Angeles, but perhaps you just mean that the steering is on the wrong side (does anyone drive on the right but with the steering also on the right)?

-Kevin

17. Posted by MikeW (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

A few comments on LA to Vegas.

  • Start as early as you can, especially if its Thursday or Friday. While I-15 is mostly 2 lanes and 3 in some spots, there has been extensive road construction that has reduced it to one lane each way in some places. That or the occasional bad weather can add hours to a drive.

  • If you have Internet access the web site of the Highway Stations can clue you in to traffic and weather before you go. Once over Cajon pass on the I-15 you can tune into any of these FM stations: 94.9, 96.9, 98.1, 98.9, 99.7, 100.1, 101.5 & 107.3. The music may not be to your liking but they give regular traffic and weather reports for the Mojave desert.

  • After going over Cajon pass, watch your speed. It's a steep downhill and the Highway Patrol just loves to hang out there.

  • When leaving LA take the I-210 to the I-15. This is the fastest way out of town hands down. Since you're with a group you can use the car pool lane which is even faster. However some out of date maps may still show that I-210 hasn't been connected to I-15, trust me it is.

  • And have fun!

18. Posted by kl123 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

We did in 12 days following route: San Francisco - LA - Las Vegas and back to SF. We visited also Grand Canyon. So, I would say this is definitely doable in 10 days, as we also visited Tijuana and spent 3 days just relaxing in Las Vegas. If interested you can read our travel diary: -snip-

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19. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting kl123

We did in 12 days following route: San Francisco - LA - Las Vegas and back to SF. We visited also Grand Canyon.

Not to mention that this corner of the country is home to numerous beautiful national parks, including Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Yosemite (of course), Canyon de Chelly, and many more. Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and the Mojave are all more or less on the way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

One could easily spend two weeks or more in the Southwest just visiting the parks and enjoying the countryside.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 31, 2006 4:08 AM by pfeiffer ]

20. Posted by Anastasiia (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hello,

My friends and I are going to take a 3-4 day trip from LA to SF. What places should we definitely stop by?

We are going to rent a car in LA airport and drop-off in SF airport. Does anyone know any agencies that don't charge drop-off fees (since these are different pick-up and drop-off places) and underage fees (we are 24)?

Thank you

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