I am after any tips/ideas you have on this..
I am looking at planning another trip to the states next year. My husband and i are going to do LA, San Fran and Las vegas.
Now there is usally deals you can get which include flight and 5 nights acccommodation either in la or san fran.
which would be the better deal to choose from to include the accommodation? which is more expensive is it san fran or la for accommodation?
also how long do you think we will need in the places? Las vegas is going to be a short trip maybe 3 nights max.
I want to do all the tourist things in la - disney, knotts, walk of fame, hollywood sign etc..
and same for san fran all the tourist thiings, alcatraze, golden gate bridge, cable car etc..
any ideas tips would be greatly appreciated as i need to work out a budget as the exchange rate is shocking for our nz dollar.
I hear you about the exchange rate... it kills us Canadians too! As for your two cities, L.A. and SanFran, I think you could do them both in a week, or say 5 days in L.A., 3 nights in Las Vegas, and 5 more days in SanFran. That should be ample time for all three cities.
Oopsies I forgot about the first question. I would say, depending on which area of the city you find accomodations in, go for L.A. I'm pretty sure that SanFran isn't all that cheap either but if you manage to find a spot in say Beverly Hills or on one of the beaches (e.g. Malibu), I think L.A. would be the better bet.
You could easily spend a week in San Francisco. Just walking around the city without really getting deep into some of the areas will take a couple of days. A trip up into Marin County for another day. Napa valley for some wine tasting. A couple days up to Tahoe.
If you are thinking about 5 days, I would say that you spend two days seeing the city. You can probably do China Town, the waterfront (Fisherman's Wharf et al), Alcatraz and the Presido in one packed day. The second day for points in-land. A day trip to Marin County - check out the Muir Woods - you can do a quick jaunt around the trail to see the redwoods, or spend the day hiking - depending on your preference. A day trip to Napa Valley for some wine tasting.
As for costs, I am not an expert on LA, but I think you are likely to find about the same prices in LA and San Fran.
How are you getting between places? Are you leaving from the same airport you started at. If you are driving, and are arriving in one place and leaving in another, than I would suggest you do Vegas - LA - San Fran. If you are leaving from the same airport, the order doesn't really matter as much.