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Advice on California

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Advice on California

I am travelling to California on 3rd July until 19th July.

I fly into San Francisco and fly out of lax.

So far my plans are

San Fran - 3rd July - 4 nights. Check out 7th July

Las Vegas 13th July - 3 nights. Check out 16th July

That’s so far the only hotels I have booked.

I really also would like to do L.A. and see the Hollywood sign, stars on the floor, Santa Monica beach.

Any recommendations on where to stay for these in Hollywood? Also best way to get San Fran to Vegas and la?

Also would I be able to fit San Diego in at all?

I am open to all ideas. I have never ventured to these places before other then Las Vegas.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Advice on California

Hi

A popular (and planned-in-advance) route from San Francisco (abbreviated SF) to Las Vegas is via Monterey, Yosemite, and the Eastern Sierra. Definitely use the Top Questions & other info on the Monterey and the Yosemite forums.

Driving is the 'best' way.

Use the Top Questions on the L.A. forum for ideas about tourism & lodging in Los Angeles.

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you want to do LA and SD and potentially see the coast of Ca -- We recommend 3-4 full days in LA and SD. Why not reduce you Vegas time and spend more time in CA

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Thanks for the reply’s.

I’m from the uk so would like to squeeze as much in as possible.

I have 6 nights between sf and Vegas

Then after Vegas I have 3 nights also.

These are the nights I’m not sure where to go.

Maybe the 6 nights I can do L.A.

Then 3 nights San Diego?

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You have a lot of different possibilities. Which way to go depends on what you enjoy doing and also if you are comfortable driving in the US. With the exception of San Francisco to Las Vegas, the cities are close enough that it is debatable if it is quicker door to door to drive or fly between them (flying should be faster, but not by as much as you would think). If you are flying or driving, the itinerary advice may change. .

As previously suggested, if you want to see Yosemite, you could drive from San Francisco, go through Yosemite, and end up in Las Vegas. This could include Monterey Bay, the Eastern Sierra, and Death Valley (horribly hot in summer, like Las Vegas).

Another option would be to see the California Central Coast by driving between San Francisco and LA, and then go to Las Vegas. This trip could include wine country, dramatic beaches, wildlife, and small coastal towns.

I'd be good with 3 day in San Diego. With kids, I could see spending longer because there is good beach access in San Diego. You could fly or drive straight from San Francisco to San Diego. If driving you could make some stops on the way. You could also drive or fly to LA and then catch San Diego at the end of the trip. Depending upon what you enjoy, you could find six days of entertainment in LA.

You mention that you want to squeeze in as much as possible. I would avoid killing myself and driving every day. In July I would think about the Eastern Sierras, Sequoia and Yosemite because they are at altitude and slightly cooler, or the coast near the ocean. Lodging accommodations in Yosemite require advance reservations, which may be a challenge.

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Plan ahead where you are going to be on the Fourth of July in San Francisco. In the evening there will be fireworks, so you want to be in a good viewing spot well before they start.

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Are you driving? Flying? Bus? Between cities?

6 nights LA and 3 nights SD sounds fine.

If you are willing to drive you might want to do a night in Monterey and Pismo, then 4 nights in LA area. (Drive some of the coast)

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Are you flying or driving?

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I’m happy to drive or fly. I also don’t mind doing buses or trains!

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You would have more flexibility if you rent a car after you are done in San Francisco and keep it while visiting LA and San Diego. You don't need it in Las Vegas.

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