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1. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 8y

Hey guys,
Finally booked flights to San Fran at the end of June, going to travel right down d coast to San Diego and finish in Vegas exactly a month later. Unfortuanately I havent got a full licence so will be using bus/train to travel and a flight from S.D to Vegas, I also plan to stay in cheapish accom, such as hostels and motels. I've a bit of a general question, was wondering how much u think I'd need to bring for that month to get by comfortably and go on a good few daily tours and trips???? Any other general tips or advice for me?? First time going to the USA, I can't wait!!!!!!

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 8y

California is not cheap, but if you're young you can make out pretty well on less. I can't quote actual prices, but let's say that you can probably find a good plate of chow mein in San Francisco for $7. (wonderful, inexpensive, ethnic restaurants in the city of food!) Green Tortoise runs buses down the coast for your age group - also hostels, check it out:

3. Posted by Nici_DD (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

You HAVE to stay in Banana Bungalow in SD... best hostel! You'll have a great time there!!!

4. Posted by Sio (Budding Member 31 posts) 8y

The Green Tortoise is a good hostel to stay in in SF. Sin City is really good fun in Las Vegas.

The best way to get to San Diego is probably to take the tortoise bus trip but if you have the time the train to LA is pretty awesome though I'm not sure it goes as far as San Diego.

Have a great time!

5. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 8y

You can take the Pacific Surfliner from LAX to San Diego for about $70.00 but the train is somewhat limited regarding your schedule options.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 8y

Book Southwest Airlines mid-week, and if you book ahead at least two weeks, and book via the web, you can usually get a flight from San Diego to Las Vegas for about $58 to $65.


[ Edit: Edited on May 27, 2008, at 9:32 PM by Calcruzer ]

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 8y

I just checked and the Pacific Sunliner is $35 or so each way, as long as you travel on weekdays. Lady Macawil's rates were for round-trip tickets--or else for weekend trips.

8. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 8y

Thanks guys, I'm gonna start booking things now, only 4weeks to go now! One more question, do you think it would be worth my while doing a 2 night trip to Yosemite after I do San Fran???

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1992 posts) 8y

Well, it really depends on you. Some people think Yosemite's's an unbelievably beautiful place--which it is--but others like to take the much shorter trip to either the Muir Woods--or down to the Monterey Peninsula and the 17 mile drive. Taking this trip, which is only about 2 hours each way, also takes you through the redwoods just north of Santa Cruz (which is where I live)--and which I really think are gorgeous also.

In my view, if you are going to be able to spend some time at Yosemite--like a full day to look around and explore the park a little, then it's worth it. If you only have two days, you'll spend most of day one getting there, and most of day two getting back, which won't make it much fun. In that case, I'd either take a day or two to go round-trip to Monterey, or I'd take a one-day trip up to the Muir Woods and through the Sausalito/North San Francisco Bay/Sonoma Valley/Napa Valley wineries--which are probably my favorite things to go visit in the area. (If you're a Guiness guy solely, then this may not be for you, though. But I find the women really love it and find doing this and stopping at a spa in the valley as part of the trip to be really romantic.)

Enjoy, no matter what you choose to do.

10. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 8y

Thank you Cal, as I probably did a quick search and I thought the rates rather high... (I must have inadvertly done the round trip price), although, you must admit...trains don't exatcly leave every ten minutes or so in CA. (The London Tube... "Your train is due in 3 minutes....2 minutes...your train is on arrival..... Next train will be in three minutes", (I think you get my drift... Having said that, I still think BART, (Bay Area Rapid Transit), is one of the most brilliant systems in all of the West.

Take Cal for his word. He knows practically everything about CA and a lot of places beyond. This guy will steer you right every time.

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~