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Driving US West & National Parks. September 2013!

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1. Posted by Nick_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

I'm currently in the US on an Amtrak train to DC. But will be ditching my rail pass when i get to the west coast. I would like to rent some form of vehicle (i'm 27 male and english btw) and see as much as possible.

I'll ruffly be around the area at the beginning of September, but can speed up or slow down my travels if necessary as the West Coast and national parks are big on my list of things todo.

Grand Canyon

Las Vegas
San Diego
San Fran

Those are just examples. As i've not written any sort of route out yet.

Any interest message or post here.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 540 posts) 3y

You're going to the Grand Canyon and Zion - what about Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands too? And Death Valley? We went ten years ago and did a loop from Las Vegas - Grand Canyon, Page, Monument Valley, Moab (for Arches and Canyonlands), Bryce, Zion then Death Valley, Mammoth Mountains and then Yosemite before San Jose and flying to Hawaii from San Fransisco. In my opinion, Arches, Canyonlands and Bryce were just as good as the Grand Canyon and better than Zion. Moab is the perfect base for both Arches and Canyonlands. Google them and have a look at the pictures! Enjoy your trip!

3. Posted by Nick_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

I haven't formed a plan yet, those were just examples off the top of my head. Though your lists are very helpful as i'll just base my decisions on what other people recommend if i end up going solo.

4. Posted by Motters88 (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

Hi Nick,

I'm Max, 24, from London.

I'm flying in to Los Angeles on August 30th, and flying home on September 15th.

My plan is to do a road trip of California. I have already rented a car and booked myself into a hostel for the night I arrive.

I intend to see Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, San Francisco, Oregon. In that order pretty much.

Hope the above sounds good to you.

Get in touch

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 3y

Here's a thread where I spell out an itinerary for visiting many of the major national parks and monuments in the US west (not including Yellowstone and Yosemite) from Las Vegas.

If you do this as a circle tour, you can then visit Death Valley and Yosemite on your way from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Yellowstone is the most out-of-the-way of your destinations to get to (but definitely worth the visit).

Enjoy your travels.

6. Posted by Nick_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

Thanks Calcruzer!

Hi Max. I am planning to do allot more, as i believe 2 weeks is far too tight of a timescale. I am flexible, but i don't want to rush though as what you propose is very tight. I do appreciate the invite however!

7. Posted by laurenrae (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

Hi Nick! Me and my friend are arriving in LA on the 1st September and travelling around a few of the places on your list between then and the 1st October when we fly home. We've been hoping to find someone or a couple of people to share a car with for some of the trip. Send me a message or add me on facebook if joining up could be a possibilty :)

1 WEEK TO GO!!! :D

8. Posted by gracexx (Budding Member 19 posts) 3y

Hi Nick, I'm doing the west coast from the 26th sept- 27th Oct if you need a buddy :)

9. Posted by Nick_ (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

Thanks for the responses.

I actually booked the west coast part of my trip a few days ago. So i'm doing the west coast by Amtrak and coming back down to then rent a car around the 15th September for a month or so.

I will be using the car for national parks and seeing some of the rural usa.

I would of updated this thread but thought i was kinda dead by now. Best of luck with your travels.

10. Posted by alisonmccracken (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y

Hi- my brother is in san francisco on 12 sept. 2013 and would like a travel buddy. Hes staying a month and has no finite route planned. Can anyone help him out?!!