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Southern Cal, Vegas, Grand Canyon

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Southern Cal, Vegas, Grand Canyon

Would like to take a trip to see San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Hollywood, Vegas and Grand Canyon...all in about 9 days. Any advice on how to do that efficiently w/o going absolutely bonkers? Would fly from Houston. Thanks!

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1. Re: Southern Cal, Vegas, Grand Canyon

Well- the order you list seems fine to me for efficiency. Will you be flying in and out of the same city though? If so, maybe consider Orange County airport then you are in a good location for getting back to California without going all the way back down to SD.

day 1 fly in-stay near airport in Costa Mesa- go to Balboa Island or Laguna Beach and have dinner

day 2- go to the Zoo in SD-spend all day and drive back to wherever you are staying

Disneyland hotel is really fun and convenient if they have a deal. Spend all day and night. Try to stay somewhere close so you can take break-go back to room-go for a swim- and go back out in the evening. It's the best at night with all the lights and the fireworks.

day 3- drive to Hollywood after rush hour!!!! Ha!!Is there such a thing??If you plan that for a weekend- that might be best.

day 4-lots to do around La so it depends on how much you can handle of the city.

day 4 or 5 - go to Vegas-it's about 5 hours

day 5 or 6- Vegas

day 6 or 7 drive to the Grand Canyon -take a little hike or ??? If you want to keep moving-drive down to Sedona and spend the nite there.

Day 7 or 8- Drive back to Vegas or all the way back to California

Day 9 leave.

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2. Re: Southern Cal, Vegas, Grand Canyon

Well- the order you list seems fine to me for efficiency. Will you be flying in and out of the same city though? If so, maybe consider Orange County airport then you are in a good location for getting back to California without going all the way back down to SD.

day 1 fly in-stay near airport in Costa Mesa- go to Balboa Island or Laguna Beach and have dinner

day 2- go to the Zoo in SD-spend all day and drive back to wherever you are staying

Disneyland hotel is really fun and convenient if they have a deal. Spend all day and night. Try to stay somewhere close so you can take break-go back to room-go for a swim- and go back out in the evening. It's the best at night with all the lights and the fireworks.

day 3- drive to Hollywood after rush hour!!!! Ha!!Is there such a thing??If you plan that for a weekend- that might be best.

day 4-lots to do around La so it depends on how much you can handle of the city.

day 4 or 5 - go to Vegas-it's about 5 hours

day 5 or 6- Vegas

day 6 or 7 drive to the Grand Canyon -take a little hike or ??? If you want to keep moving-drive down to Sedona and spend the nite there.

Day 7 or 8- Drive back to Vegas or all the way back to California

Day 9 leave.

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