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Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

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Hi,

I have some unexpected time off (2-3 weeks in July). Interested in doing a road trip to Western US/Rockies. Need some advice. Please help!

It's the two of us (adults). We definitely want to hit Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon. We are considering hitting a few other places along the way, but not sure if it's feasible. We were thinking about LA, Palm Springs, Sedona, and Pheonix. ....Lake Havasu/ Lake Mead/ The Hoover Dam are also thoughts. We'd like a mix of city and nature. We'll be driving. Our priority is to not spend the entire time driving but also not spend a lot of time in any once place. Does anyone have a recommended itinerary for that area or recommendations for us?

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Hi,

Welcome to the Road Trips Forum.

Here's a possible route that may get you the blend that you're seeking. I'll let you work out the timing.

http://goo.gl/maps/Ja2Ek

Fly into Las Vegas for a couple of days.

Drive to Zion National Park for at least a full day and night.

http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

Drive to Page to explore Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell for a day or two.

navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopecanyon.htm

http://visitpagearizona.com/

Drive to the Grand Canyon for one to three days (although getting lodging at this late date will be your biggest obstacle; keep trying because people do cancel).

http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Drive to Sedona for a day or two

http://www.visitsedona.com/

Drive to Phoenix for a day or two (personally, Phoenix doesn't do much for me. Just a big metro area in the middle of the desert).

Instead of LA, head to San Diego. Much more compact and far less traffic than LA. Nice beaches. Worth 2-5 nights. (I'm biased 'cause I live here). From Phoenix to SD is about 6.5 hours drive, give or take.

http://www.sandiego.org/

Spend a day in the Temecula Wine Country north of San Diego.

http://www.temeculacvb.com/

Head to Palm Springs for a day or two.

http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/

Then for an all day drive, drive from Palm Springs to Las Vegas via Joshua Tree National Monument (Twentynine Palms) and the Mojave Preserve. There really is very limited lodging availability between PS and LV along that route, so that's why it would be an all day drive.

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/moja/index.htm

Remember that in July it will be blistering hot in most of those locations. Make sure you're prepared by having several liters of water with you per person in the car in case there's a breakdown. You can get dehydrated really fast in 115° F temps.

In your post, you mentioned the Rockies, so this might be an alternative that gets you into the much cooler mountains:

http://goo.gl/maps/3lyhZ

One change to that route might be going from Durango to Grand Junction instead of Alamosa.

Things along that route include;

http://www.utah.com/monumentvalley/

http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm

http://www.durangotrain.com/ (Amazing scenery on all-day train ride there and back)

http://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm

http://www.gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm

http://www.royalgorgebridge.com/

http://www.bouldercoloradousa.com/

http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

That Rockies route is certainly more nature than cities.

Enjoy your trip.

Zed

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2. Re: Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

2 or 3 weeks already make a lot of difference. How long will it be?

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3. Re: Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

Which is more important to you? A trip to the West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington), a trip to a few states in the Western US & Rockies, or a trip to the southwest including Southern California? Those are quite different trips.

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4. Re: Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

Wow, thank you!!! It will be two weeks and I think the Rockies are more important...

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If the Rockies are most inportant maybe fly Denver and make a 2 week trip including Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP although it will be tough to find loding in such short notice.

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Hi, we are planning a fairly short road trip mid October. Our plan is to fly to Las Vegas from UK and a couple of day later (when my son joins us who lives in Vancouver, and loves any type of outward bound activity ) pick up an RV to travel to Grand Canyon area for a couple of days and then up to Zion as he wants to walk the Zion narrows, and do some canyonering> We will then return to Vegas about 8 or 9 days later to hire a car and travel to San Diego possibly via Joshua tree area to meet up with friend who live there. Is it too late now to get into the RV campsites and do they have much to do there if you are not hiking every day. Also is there any form of transport available to get to hiking sites as we don't really want to move the RV every day. Any ideas if this is feasible ?

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7. Re: Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

Hi Lynda500, and welcome to TripAdvisor forums\

Please make your own thread so we can address your questions directly. This thread 'belongs' to the Original Poster (janaughton2000) and is all about their July trip.

On the main Road Trips page, click "Ask A Question." You'll definitely want to read the RV article on the right side of the page in the Top Questions (visible on the full TA website, not the app.)

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8. Re: Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

Welcome to the forum. Are you sure you want to do this trip by RV and not by car and stay motels? Nights at places like GC and Bryce can be freezing already. And I agree with PNWF. open a new topic for yourself.

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9. Re: Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

Sorry first time on forum, so wasn't quite sure how to go about asking question. I have reposted on new forum.

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10. Re: Planning a road trip West Coast USA -

hey where i would go is grand canyon, monument valley, mesa verde, around the area of bluff utah also these are memorable, hot and dry and rugged but worth seeing. my wife and i only had 3 days to get from durango to yosemite so we saw all that but it was too rushed. take time and enjoy :) feel free to ask anything and i know places to stay if u are in motels and if you 1 you shouldnt :)

cheers and happy planning