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1. Posted by Funky Al (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

In October I'll be in the states for 2 weeks as part of my RTW trip. I'll be landing in San Francisco and heading out of LA via Las Vegas.

At first the plan was to hire a car to drive from SF to LV, seeing a few sights on the way, then from LV hire another car or get a bus to LA.

I've just looked at flights and they're pretty cheap from LV to LA so is it worth flying this leg or is there lots to see on the way and should I hire a car?

I know what I want to do in each of the cities, but not sure what to see and do on route between them....ooooh I do hope someone can help.


2. Posted by zarmaxia (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I've driven that road before and it is long, and the current price of gas would be an added expense. The traffic around LA is busy, but I did not find navigating difficult. (But then, I'm from NY, where the traffic is always bad!) Things you could see along the way are Death Valley, Palm Springs (a city of windmills), a side trip to Hover Dam and the Grand Canyon Skywalk, (Hualapai Indian Reservation). Both are amazing landmarks, if you've never been there.
All depends if you are confortable driving. Also remember that it takes some time to get through LAX, (always a nightmare for me!), although the flight would be short.
Happy traveling to you!

3. Posted by BryanG (Full Member 19 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Don't forget the world famous Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Victorville... Actually, the drive between Las Vegas and LA could be skipped... As a native San Franciscan and one who lived in LA for many years, my advice is to spend most of your time in Northern California, but I am biased!

Have a great trip!


4. Posted by Amie L. (Inactive 45 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I kind of liked the desert drive, but I'm a road trip type of person. It isn't the longest drive and if your car is economical, gas shouldn't be too bad. Although it's been a while since I have roadtripped in the States.

BUT, if you have a car then I'd almost suggest scooting a bit out of the way to the Grand Canyon because it's amazing.

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2007 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Since you're from the UK, let me give you a quick analogy:

Going from Las Vegas to Los Angeles via the Grand Canyon would be the equivalent of going from London to Leeds via Southhampton. Not exactly on the way--and more in the opposite direction than in the direction you were planning to go.

If you want to go to the Grand Canyon, go (and you should because its one of the true wonders of the world). But don't plan on doing this as part of your trip to LA unless you just want to meander around the desert. (P.S. The Hoover Dam is also on this route, but it is less than an hour outside of Las Vegas anyway--so it's easy to get to whether you go to the Grand Canyon or not)

As far as driving from Las Vegas versus flying: Flying is cheaper, and quicker, and there is less traffic. However, the desert is an interesting place to drive through for the scenery--although there are no places to stop unless you plan to take a day and visit Death Valley. Besides, you will see plenty of desert in Las Vegas--so for those on a limited timeframe--like you--I'd recommend flying to Los Angeles, and then I'd rent a car for the trip up US 101 north to San Francisco, where there a lot more things to see and do.

(On this later route, stop in Santa Barbara and visit the beach, mission and downtown. Go to the old Danish village of Solvang just a short ways north of Santa Barbara. Visit either Morro Bay and Cambria (beautiful beaches and views or Paso Robles (good winery stopover spot halfway up the coast). Then take the quick route up 101 to Monterey and Carmel (see other posts I've made on here about these cities), or else take Highway 1 (the long way, but most scenic road in the country) up to these cities. Drive to Santa Cruz and visit the beach boardwalk, and maybe tour the redwoods near here. Then go to Winchester Mystery House in San Jose--and lastly drive the remainng 50 miles on up to San Francisco.


6. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member 73 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Driving through LA is painfull, not to mention the price of gas these days, but here's a link of things you could possibly do.

Flying is easier and cheaper
Enjoy "drive safely"

7. Posted by rob_harvs (Budding Member 20 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

you guys are forgetting that al is from the uk where the price of gas for us is about the equivalent of $2.50 per litre! so buying it over in the US will NOT be a big deal to us :)

8. Posted by Funky Al (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi, thanks for all your replies. I think I'll drive from SF to Vegas and then fly Vegas to LA. This should give me a chance to see a bit more of America and from what I can find SF to Vegas is quite a scenic drive, especially Yosimite.

Grand Canyonand Hoover Dam were both must see's, it's a long way to go and not see them.

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum was not on my radar and after looking at the website, unfortunately remains so :)

I'll look into the other suggestions posted, just don't have time at the minute, but thanks again.

As mentioned, thew price of 'gas' shouldn't be a problem, with the price of it here, I'm used to it. What is the going rate over there these days?

Also any more suggestions are more than welcome...oooh I can't wait!

9. Posted by CaitlinMcC (Full Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Consider getting GPS with your rental car. That is a big stretch of land that you will be travelling through to get to Las Vegas. The desert can be harsh. You can check out gas prices at gasbuddy .com for the cities that you will be travelling through.

I don't think I'd recommend driving in LA. I've heard that it is hard to figure out the lay of the land even for us Americans.

Good luck! I hope you meet some friendly Americans along the way!

10. Posted by Amie L. (Inactive 45 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

The other thing too is if driving from L.A. to San Fran, avoid rush hour!!!!! Otherwise you will be in bumper to bumper traffic for at least two hours. Or at least that's what happened to me.

Plan for either a ridiculously early leave, afternoon leave or night leave.