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Driving Times in California, USA

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Driving Times in California, USA

Hi, is there an internet site that can tell you the driving times between places in the USA? Im planning a trip from LA to San Francisco via Disneyland, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Mono Lakes & Yosemite. Then San Francisco back down to LA and San Diego. I have done a wee bit of research, but keep getting different driving times between places. Is it really 6 hours drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon? And can I only get to Death Valley by driving back to Las Vegas? And can one drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon without having to go via Las Vegas? What do you think about RVing the trip from LA to San Francisco, would it be an easy drive?

Sorry for all the questions, but Im only over there for 20 days, so a bit of a tight schedule.

thanks for any advice.

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1. Re: Driving Times in California, USA

Hi and welcome to the forum.

You can use www.mapquest.com or http://maps.google.com/ and there are more. They don't count for stops, traffic and roadworks so prob best to ask this forum for realistic traveltimes.

Las Vegas to GC is 5 hours (by car) door to door without stops.

And yes, you'll have to drive same route back to Death Valley via Las Vegas (7-8 hours) unless you decide to drive from GC to Page, Bryce, Zion to Death Valley but that also goes via Las Vegas.

Phoenix to GC is a 4+ hours drive and you won't go via Las Vegas.

LA to SF is an easy drive except for the part from Cambria to Monterey (Big Sur coast). That's winding and steep at places but millions have survived with their RV. It's certainly not a one day trip. 2 overnight stays are recommended.

When are you coming? Tioga pss between Mono Lake and Yosemote will be closed in winter.

By car you could start Phoenix and end in San Francisco. (or in reverse)Often no drop off charges between Az, NV and Ca if you rent the car from abroad.


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Hi Anna

As Tet says for your driving times queries.

Why don't you post up your plans, dates, etc here and we can offer some suggestions from people who know those routes? You might find a shorter or more logical way of getting to all the places you wish to visit. Dates or at least time of year matter, too.


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Google maps will account for live traffic, but you can't simulate a time. If you check it at midnight local time it will not indicate how long it will take at rush hour.

It is my preferred mapping site. Very easy to make multiple stops and rearrange them with a click/drag.

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You can definitely drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon without going any way near Las Vegas. On a map of your choice look at Phoenix to Flagstaff - Grand Canyon is an easy hour drive out of Flagstaff.

Problem with RV trip from LA to San Francisco is that the Big Sur stretch is windy. San Francisco is difficult to see in an RV as you have to camp a fair distance away from San Francisco. As such, its easier to ditch the RV, stay in San Francisco, and rely on public transportation.

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5. Re: Driving Times in California, USA

I'd think car/SUV & motels instead of RV.

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