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Planning questions on Vegas/West Coast trip

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1. Posted by Zagel (Budding Member, 2 posts) 11 Feb '13 01:58

Hi there,

Just found this forum and looks like some nice friendly people here.

Planning to go on a trip next year with my parents, I am 40, they are 60's 70's. There will be issues around that but thats for later.

The planned trip is to fly to Las Vegas from the UK, spend some time in Vegas, visit the Grand Canyon, then go on to the West Coast to see the pacific.

I am planning to drive as I like road trips and want to see the country around there it just looks amazing.

I have been to Vegas once before as a short sidetrip while traveling for work a few years ago and always wanted to get back there.

Outline of planned visit;
Fly to Vegas, few days (??), Then head to Flagstaff, to see Grand Canyon and father wants to see Flagstaff, then head to LA taking sights on way.

A few questions for people;

How long is Vegas is enough? I suspect we could find things to see if we were there for weeks but would 3-4 days be enough?

How long from Flagstaff to LA? Planning to stop overnight in motels/hotels

Would San Diego be better than LA?

Lots in LA to do, what would have to be seen?

2. Posted by Packbacker26 (Budding Member, 47 posts) 11 Feb '13 07:37

Hi!
Well you didn't say how long you had so hard to say how long in Vegas. But three days seems like quite enough, at least for me. From flagstaff to LA is around an 8 hour drive, and personally I enjoy LA the least out of everywhere in California so I would suggest San Diego, but that's just me. Santa Barbara is a nice little town. And in Utah about 4-6 hours from Flagstaff there's Zion national park (which I always recommend) if you want some more nature. Or just drive up the coast.

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4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru, 3525 posts) 11 Feb '13 10:10

Zagel,
Most visitors to Vegas stay 3 days. That is about enough for shows, sightseeing, gamble. Flagstaff to LA is around 7 hours. But since historic Route 66 is on the way, I suggest you get off I-40 and travel part of 66. We did that last spring and my blog covers the section between Kingman and Seligman. With early start, you could still reach LA before 7pm. I also will vote for San Diego over LA. Smaller city with more to do/see IMO. In LA you will spend too much time in traffic to be enjoyable. Of course LA has plenty to see/do as well. Nixon & Reagan Libraries, Getty Museums, Hollywood, etc. Good luck with your planning.