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1. Posted by sj12 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hi All,

I plan to drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas, over 3 days in August of this year.
Can any one advise me of the best route to take and places to visit along the way, including the best places to stop over night.
We are a young group, so the livelier the better.

Thanks :)

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

Hire cars are normally not allowed to be driven out of state (as in California to Nevada). It's only a short hop by plane and you can pick up a car at the airport.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

Check with your rental company. If you are returning the vehicle to SF, I think that is allowed. If it is a one way rental, check what the drop off charges will be. They can be substantial.

I can think of 3 routes off-hand. 1. Across the Sierra's to Reno. A day there then down to LV. 2. Hug the coastline, Monterey, Hearst Castle, Morro Bay, cut across to visit Death Valley or all the way to LA, then over to LV. 3. Hit the National parks. Yosemite, Sequoia, Death valley.

Good luck with your planning.

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5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 5y

Quoting Cyberia

Hire cars are normally not allowed to be driven out of state (as in California to Nevada). It's only a short hop by plane and you can pick up a car at the airport.

Not allowed to be driven out of state? Where did you hear that? The opposite is the case. Almost always is it allowed! Even for a short rental period.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 5y

Suggest you check out this thread:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=80100

and spend time in Santa Cruz, then Monterey, then the wineries near Paso Robles, then at Moonstone Beach in Cambria, then in Santa Barbara, and then on to Las Vegas. Doing this will take you to all the livliest places except for those in LA.

If you plan to also go to Los Angeles, then I suggest you go either to Westwood (near UCLA) or south to Huntington Beach or Newport Beach. Those are the "happening" places in the LA area.

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