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Where to go after Vegas?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by blackjacknz, Aug 27, 2014.

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  1. blackjacknz

    blackjacknz Tourist

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    Ok so were headed back to Vegas in Feb 2015...went for the first time Feb this year...and already got the bug :beer: Last time we only had 5 nights....this time we have 15 nights (Feb 12 - 27).

    Before Vegas we have 4 nights in San Francisco...then the 15 nights in Vegas....then we have till March 4th when we fly out again from LAX. We did LA/Hollywood last trip...so were thinking of renting a car and travel from Vegas...Grand Canyon (overnight or weekend stop)...then onto San Deigo...go into Mexico for a day trip...then back up the LAX to fly back home (Perth, Western Australia).

    Any suggestions on what we can see/visit in those 4-5 days we have before flying out? We haven't seen anything else of the USA apart from our last trip (LA & Vegas only). Or any suggestions of a better way to use our last few days in the USA?
     
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    kevstf Low-Roller

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    Death Valley is awesome, I really liked Yosemite NP and Zion NP don't know if you guys are into that, or go to an NBA game as it is basketball season..
     
  3. ExVegasLocal

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    Without knowing your budget or interests, it's hard to know what to offer.

    If you aren't locked into your flights already, consider flying to Hawaii from Vegas. Fly home from Hawaii instead of returning to Los Angeles. (Also consider spending a little less time in Vegas and a little more in Hawaii.)

    If you like beaches and want to visit Mexico, consider Puerto Vallarta. It's a short flight from both Vegas and Los Angeles.

    If you are dead set to drive, see the Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Tuscon, and/or San Diego before driving back to Los Angeles.
     
  4. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    In February, you likely will find snow at the Grand Canyon and Zion, perhaps snow "problems," so keep that in mind. As for burning a day in Mexico, most anything you'll see just over the border on a day trip will be crap and not worth the hassle. That time of year also mitigates against my 1-A suggestion for folks like you not from these here parts, and that's going through Death Valley, over the White Mountains to the Owens Valley, up 395 with a stop in Mammoth, then over the Sierra via (closed-then) Tioga Pass through Yosemite, then back toward LA through the southern Gold Country and the valley.

    Why not fly from Vegas back to the Bay Area and then take your time going down coast and through the central coast wine country, getting back to LAX for departure? And what do you have planned in the Bay Area?
     
  5. blackjacknz

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    NBA game sounds good :)....Im kicking myself that we just miss out on NASCAR in Vegas..and that we missed (again) going to a NFL game...maybe next time. We are going to the Rugby 7's in Vegas, which we timed right this year.

    Will have to do a bit of checking to see if there is a game to go to where/when we are at the time...

    Flights are already booked....so they are set. To be honest Hawaii isn't on our must do list at the moment...we have enough of beaches here in Perth :) And our flights are already booked home from LA via Hong Kong. The drive you suggested is what i was thinking of...seems to be a round about way to get back to LA. Budget wise we can look at pretty much anything....within reason....and our interests are pretty much anything as well....not much help there. Were just trying to pack in as much as we can before flying home...as its probabally the last time for a while that we would travel to the west coast.

    If there is snow at the Grand Canyon...will it still be open? If it is...and there is snow...that would be awesome...especially if there are places to stay with log fires? Prob pushing it there...but my wife has never seen snow before (she's originally from one of the hottest parts of Australia where its regularly over 100F during summer) and we don't get snow here in Perth.

    We don't have anything planned for San Francisco as yet....will book Alcatraz early when our dates are available, have a look at the Bridge, Cable cars/streets...the normal touristy things. To be honest San Francisco was a last minute addition...so haven't really looked at what's there :)

    The only reason we were doing the day trip to Mexico...was to add it to the list of countries we've been to :)

    Thanks for all the advise so far......planning these trip are 1/2 the fun :woohoo:
     
  6. kevstf

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    I did the night tour at Alcatraz,, absolutely awesome! However there are limited tickets available so be on the lookout!
     
  7. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    The South Rim stays open all year, but there can be snowfalls that temporarily shut down the road in; you just don't know with the weather. Here's a PDF from the NPS about that time of the year:

    http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/upload/2013SRwinter_letter.pdf

    If you don't plan to hit the west coast again for a while, what is it that's really important to see and do? To me, given where you're from, San Diego is almost a non-starter. Now other parts of the California coast won't look anything like San Diego ... or the Hawaii you are avoiding. Big mountains, perhaps? You guys don't really have much in the way of that. Etc.
     
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