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Xmas/New Year LA to SF trip

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Xmas/New Year LA to SF trip

My husband and I are planning a trip to include San Fran, LA and Las Vegas. We have a little over 2-3 weeks. What would be the best route considering we would be arriving around 18th December I.e where would be best to stop for Xmas and new year

Is this a good time or year to go or are we wasting our trip by going during Xmas holidays and weatherwise.

Any help please


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1. Re: Xmas/New Year LA to SF trip

It's waaay too soon to know what December's weather will be like this year. This past year was dry and the roads were all open. The year before was a wet/snowy year, roads closed early and the coast road through Big Sur closed in 3 locations over 3 months due to slip outs and slides.

I would just plan on Tioga Road/Pass being closed by December, so you likely won't be able to get to SF through Yosemite from Las Vegas.

Here's one possible itinerary:

LA: 4 nights

Las Vegas: 3 nights

Santa Barbara: 2 nights

Cambria: 1 night

Monterey/Carmel: 2 nights

SF: 4 nights

That's 16 nights, so if your trip is for 3 weeks, you can add time to one of the above cities or add more stops along the coast.






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2. Re: Xmas/New Year LA to SF trip

Thank you that is really helpful advice

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