Hi! I was thinking of travelling around the west coast in Oct/Nov (I know it's ages away but I'm researching) with a couple of friends for 2-3 weeks.
None of us are drivers and will not be 25 so even if we learned in the meantime renting a car is out of the question. I've been reading forums here and it seems that it essential to have a car for this kind of travel. We really want to go to the US and like cities. Two of us have already been to New York so we thought west coast--San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas would be good. Would we be better to wait til one of us is 25 and can drive to do this?
Are there other cities close together in the US that anyone can recommend?
Also we have just finished college so we are not minted!
That sounds like a fun trip. To get around in California, from city to city, of course would be easier/faster to have a car, but you can always take a bus or train. You can spend time in San Francisco and walk or take a taxi and city buses. My experience in Las Vegas is that I either spend the entire time I am there at one hotel where I don't need a car (take a taxi from the airport to your hotel) or if I really want to explore the casinos I just walk. So I guess the answer is that you can get around in CA without a car, it just takes longer. It's not like the East Coast where the transportation system is quick and easy. The cities are spread out around here and nothing is that close, but it's worth the trip. October is a great time to be in SF, the weather is fantastic and it won't be as crowded. I hope this is helpful, let me know if you have more questions.
you can rent cars in america alsong as you are 21+. but if you are 21-25 you have to pay exra it's like $25 - $30 a day extra
If I were you I would visit San Francisco and Seattle instead (the cost of flying is not too high between them) and not bother about a car. Plus Seattle is cooler than LA and Las Vegas combined (I'm not a fan). I didn't have a car when I went to Seattle last year and it was no problem. I live near San Francisco and have only driven there a few times - it's such a hassle with traffic and parking and all that it makes so much more sense to use public transportation. When you get to SF you can use the website 511.org to plan your schedule - I always do. Happy travels!
Las Vegas is pretty easy to get about by the Duece bus, on foot or by normal bus. San Francisco was also easy to get around in without a car and was very interesting. If you did also go to the East Coast, Washington DC is a very easy place to get around on foot or train.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 18, 2007, at 2:22 AM by aharrold45 ]
Hi! Wow thanks for all the help...trip sounds do-able now I was beginning to get disappopinted.
All I need to do now is stop spending and start thinking about saving...
Just don't bother with a car. There is a lot you can do with all the money you'll save by taking a bus (Greyhound)
Actually other than New York City.. and maybe Chicago.. i dont really advise people doing US without a car...
You can get around San Francisco quite well without a car. I've done it. In fact if you don't live in the city you don't want to drive! You'll see why once you're there. If you can stay near the cable car lines and get an all-day pass. Its great fun and its a real transit system, not just for tourists.
San Diego also offers decent mass transit and despite what you may have heard LA now has a subway and light rail system. You have to stay in the city proper though.
As for Vegas you can use the monorail and the local bus and strip shuttle provided you stay in the strip area or downtown. In addition many off-strip hotels have free shuttles that take guests back and forth. However you'll need a car if you want to get away from the tourist area and head for Red Rock Canyon or the mountains nearby.