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1. Posted by omrilac (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

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Hello All,

My Friends and i are due to be in Las Vegas by mid august this year.
we'll be spanding 2 weeks in Vegas and then we're planning on taking a drive to San-Fransisco stay over for a day and then head towards LA for another day and a half and then head back to Las Vegas.

My main question is: "is this tour is doable in 4 days only?"

I would love getting some pointer from locals or other members who had done this "road-trip" before. recommandations on site-seeing will be welcomed!

Thank a lot!


2. Posted by Amie L. (Budding Member 45 posts) 9y

I think that might be very ambitious to try to do that. I guess it's about eight hours to San Fran. And then, it's about five or so (no traffic) to L.A.

I think it depends what you want to do in each place. With this amount of time you might be better off just trouncing around the edges of these cities, or in the rural areas.

The highway 101 is GORGEOUS, if you want to drive along the coast. You might be better picking one city or the other and then be able to spend more time enjoying it. Or pick another city like San Diego that would be more feasible to get too but is still gorgeous.

Beside the I-15 is famous - think "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
Also make sure you get to the Grand Canyon during that two weeks you are in Vegas.

It depends if you are more into touring and seeing what you can, or trying to go out to the clubs, etc.

But really, I am sure you could pull it off, with little sleep, if you really wanted to.

3. Posted by Amie L. (Budding Member 45 posts) 9y

I didn't mean trouncing... I kind of made that up. Let's go with galavanting.

4. Posted by hrh1111 (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi Omri,

I happen to live really close to SF and have driven to Vegas many times, as well as LA and I would say that 4 days is really not enough. Two weeks is a really long time to be in Vegas, unless you are going to hang out in the surrounding areas and check out Hoover Dam and do rock climbing, but if you can share some of that 2 weeks for SF and LA, then you are set. You will need a full day to drive to SF, unless you leave a 5 am, then you will get to SF by 2 or 3 in the afternoon and just do some major sights, but you will really only be scratching the surface. I think Amie had the right recommendation by picking one of the two or staying in southern california. Please let me know if you have any questions, I'm happy to help.


5. Posted by janban214 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y


i grew up in la, and for the last 3 years of my life i lived in san francisco and have done a LOT of traveling back and forth. i now live in paris =)

anyway. that's a LOT of driving you are going to be doing. and you might be tired by the time you arrive in both cities. you might want to give yourself a good three days in each city. los angeles has a LOT of traffic at EVERY HOUR of the day, even at 8-9pm, although much less than peak traffic hours of course.

but yeah, do you really need to spend 2 weeks in vegas? that is a LOT of time. i would say even one week is plenty!!!! there's only so much you can do in vegas.

san francisco and los angeles both require you to do a LOT of driving not only to the cities, but also when you're IN the city and you want to go see all these places.

don't over do yourself. you will regret. trust me. =)

6. Posted by omrilac (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Thank everybody!

Basically we're staying in Vegas for 2 weeks because i have family there and Vegas is less for site seeing and more for kicking back and relax.

I've also been many times before to LA. we dont have much planned for LA, the main reason we're going there is because most of my friends who are tagging along for this trip wants to see Universal Studios. i guess we're also gonna' go to the Alley Market downtown, then go to the Santa-Monica boardwalk and Hollywood Blvd - all in 1 day and then find a motel, get some shut-eye and wake up the next day for Universal Studios. after we're done there we'll be headign back to Vegas - I know - right into rush hour.

My main lack of knowledge was about SF.
What we are looking for is driving through nice roads and when we get to SF (from Vegas) we'll probably just want to see the "Famous" sites such as the golden bridge, the fishermen wharf and whatever be recommanded to us.
therefore i figured 2 days (Net) in SF will be enoguh.

I also know we will want to take the coast road (101?) to LA i heard that Carmel and Monteray are amazing (but i have no idea if these 2 towns are on this road).

I guess we can add another day making it 5 days on the roads because after all we do have to get back to vegas in order to pack our bags and take the plane back to Israel.

Will be happy to hear more sugestions from you guys and thank a lot for those who replayed so far!


7. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 612 posts) 9y

Still very ambitious mate, I don't reckon you'll enjoy yourself much. We had a film nut with us in LA and even he thought Hollywood was a let down (and he's the kind of nut who knows exactly which cafe George Lucas was having his cappuccino in when he first discussed Star Wars!)
It would make much more sense to do either LA or SF, but not both.
Alternatively, switch your flight out so you don't have to drive back to Vegas.

8. Posted by omrilac (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Thank everyone!

I think we'll be skipping SF and head from Vegas to San-Diego.
I started a new thread in this forum so i'll appreciate new pointers for that trip!

Thank a lot!