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Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

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Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Hiii

I'm currently planning our silver wedding celebrations with our first trip to California from England.

Plan is to fly into Las Vegas stay 4 nights Grand Canyon while we are there. Then we have 7 nights to cover San Diego, LA, coastal route then from Monterey area go across to Yosemite stay around that area for 1 night then San Francisco for our final 3 nights.

My Dilemma is where to stay and for how long at each place inbetween .Are we best driving straight to San DIego without an overnight stop ?Not too concerened about Seaworld, but have heard wonderful things about San Diego so definitely dont want to travel straight to LA. want to see usual Hollywood sights , Venice beach then I'm not sure.

I am into nice beaches good scenery famous places etc ! Hubby is into American cars/ Hot Rods/ Drag racing etc !!!! so need to include some of that in there somewhere !!!.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Was hoping to plan as we wnt along but I'm concerned we wont find any places to stay in August if we dont prebook !

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1. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Sounds like your husband would love the Wally Parks NHRA (national hot rod association) Museum. Although its in the LA area, its far from central LA, but is only about 10 miles from I-15 which is the main route from Las Vegas to LA and San Diego, so it may make sense to stop there on the way from Vegas to San Diego instead of doing it during the main LA part of your vacation, as you'd need to drive through all the LA traffic far outside of central LA.

museum.nhra.com

There are two other car museums of note - the Petersen museum www.petersen.org which is in the Miracle Mile area of central LA and has lots of car exibits, focusing on the car culture in Southern California, and the Nethercutt Collection which has an extensive collection of wonderfully restored classic cars (mostly from the 1910's up to the 1930's) as well as a great collection of self playing musical instruments - player pianos and massive pipe organs. www.nethercuttcollection.org

Beyond that, I'd probably do the drive from Vegas to San Diego straight through - no overnight stop in between as there's no where really that interesting unless you detour off of that route quite a ways.

If it were me, I'd do 2 nights San Diego, 3 nights LA and then 2 nights to get to Monterey. Two good stopping points would be Santa Barbara and Cambria, but you could also remove one or the other in favor of Pismo Beach or Morro Bay.

For where to stay in LA, post in the LA forum and let us know your hotel budget per night in USD, and also remind us again of your interest in nice beaches, etc., and we'll try to steer you towards a suitable hotel.

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2. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Brilliant. That is great for hubby, was struggling to find anything with my own research !. So if we spent 2 nights in San Diego budget $150 ish per night is it feasible to be nearish a beach. Might be a bit more relaxing after 4 nights in Las Vegas.

Thanks

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3. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Plus I just realised its hubbys birthday that weekend so relaxation would be good >

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4. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

7 nights isn't enough time to cover the coast from San Diego up to San Francisco with stops in LA, Monterey & Yosemite.

LA to Monterey, alone, is close to an 8 hour drive WITHOUT stops. You would need to break that drive up with an additional overnight stop in order to do that drive justice. There is just too much to see/do between LA and Monterey and just a drive through would mean missing out on so much.

Monterey to Yosemite is another 4-5 hour drive and Yosemite to SF, another 4-5 hour drive.

This would be nothing more than a whirlwind visit around the state without actually having proper time for experiencing it.

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5. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Hi Mandy

If you'd like help revising your itinerary, please post on the California state forum tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28926-i29-Califor… Let us know more about your travel style so we can help you to eliminate some destinations.

The Top Questions on the California forum (upper right) has some info about the Hwy 1 drive. The Top Questions on the Las Vegas forum has some info about a one day trip to Grand Canyon National Park and a one day trip to created grand-canyon-west.

When you have specific questions about lodgings, attractions, or dining, ask on the city/destination forum.

Happy Planning!

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6. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Grand Canyon from Las Vegas? GCNP is a 5 hours drive from Las Vegas so very long for a daytrip and highlights at the rim are sunset and sunrise. Don't confuse Grand Canyon West to Grand Canyon NP. They are not the same. You'll have to be in the National Park to see the canyon as you know from the pictures aka south rim or north rim. Strongly suggest you spend one night in Grand Canyon National Park. For reservations www.grandcanyonlodges.com

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7. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

thanks for great replies.. Yes we are spending 1 of our las vegas nights at the Grand Canyon South. Any ideas on places to stay in San Diego. Beach rather than city. What places are definites to see there if we dont want sea world or the Zoo ?

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8. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Here is a recent Travelers Article dealing with the Coastal Highway from San Diego to the Los Angeles area.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c174834/Califo…

As you can see, with only 7 days, not sure if you should try to see almost the entire state of California. Seems like all you will be doing is driving...

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9. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

Since you will have a car, Pacific Beach is a good place with spots in your price range. Here is a list that PBHomey developed with great information on the hotels in PB.

This is the hotel/motel list for Pacific Beach:

Over the ocean:

Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages

800-748-5894

How much? $165 to $375

Rooms & Cottages: 30

Pool: NO

Web site: http://www.crystalpier.com/

Notes: Reservations can be made 11 months in advance.

At the beach from south to north (either beachfront or steps from)

Best Western Plus Blue Sea Lodge

800-258-3732

How much? $149 to $569

Rooms & Suites: 128

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.bestwestern-bluesea.com/

Notes: Family suites available.

The Surfer Beach Hotel

866-251-2764

How much? $114 to $390

Rooms & Suites: 52

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.surferbeachhotel.com/

Notes: Recently remodeled.

Banana Bungalow San Diego (Hostel)

858-273-3060

How much? $20 to $25

Dooms: 7 Rooms: 2

Pool: NO

Web site: http://www.bananabungalow.com/

Notes: Private rooms available for $105 for the first 2 people.

The Beach Cottages

858-483-7440

How much? $90 to $275

Rooms, Suites, Apartments, & Cottages: 78

Pool: NO

Web site: http://www.beachcottages.com/

Notes: Many options, including weekly rates.

Ocean Park Inn

800-231-7735

How much? $109 to $399

Rooms & Suites: 73

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.oceanparkinn.com/

Notes: Continental breakfast included.

Tower 23

866-TOWER23 (869-3723)

How much? $179 to $389

Rooms & Suites: 44

Pool: NO

Web site: http://www.tower23hotel.com/

Notes: New, trendy, and has a great restaurant.

Pacific View Motel

858-483-6117

How much? $69 to $229

Rooms: 25

Pool: NO

Web site: http://www.pacificviewmotel.com/

Notes: Steps from the beach. Some ocean view rooms.

Diamond Head Inn

888-478-7829

How much? $109 to $260

Rooms: 21

Pool: NO

Web site: http://diamond-head-inn.pacificahost.com/

Notes: Steps from the beach. Two ocean view rooms.

Pacific Terrace Hotel

800-344-3370

How much? $250 to $899

Rooms & Suites: 73

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.pacificterrace.com/

Notes: One of the favorites in PB.

Capri by the Sea

800-542-2774

How much? Call for prices

Condos: Varies with tenants

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.capribythesea.com/

Notes: Condo rentals with a 3-day minimum stay.

On Mission Blvd. from south to north.

Catamaran Resort Hotel

800-422-8386

How much? $130 to $595

Rooms & Suites: 315

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.catamaranresort.com/

Notes: Sits on Mission Bay with spa and boat rentals available.

Mission Bay Motel

866-649-5828

How much? $70 to $90

Rooms: 50

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.missionbaymotel.com/

Notes: Good bargain in PB.

Beach Haven Inn

800-831-6323

How much? $125 to $185

Rooms & Suites: 23

Pool: YES

Web site: http://www.beachhaveninn.com/

Notes: Kitchenettes available.

Seacoast Palms Inn

800-483-6780

How much? $69 to $129

Rooms & Suites: 50

Pool: NO

Web site: http://home.tiac.net/~cfiddle/seacoastsuites.html

Notes: Studios with kitchenettes available.

Pacific Shores Inn

888-478-7829

How much? $68 to $189

Rooms & Suites: 58

Pool: YES

Web site: http://pacific-shores-inn.pacificahost.com/

Notes: Kitchenettes available.

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10. Re: Road trip .... LasVegas to San Fran via San Diego, LA, Coast

When you go to LA since you will have a car, you might look at some of the hotels in the Burbank area like the Tangerine Inn and Safari Inn. They are clean, comfortable places and I believe both offer free parking, something tough to come by in Los Angeles.

If you can manage to be there on a Friday night, Bob's Big Boy has a classic cars/hot rod show every Friday.

http://www.bobs.net/events