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Fly V Drive? Yosemite via Las Vegas to Page...

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Fly V Drive? Yosemite via Las Vegas to Page...

Hi Everyone,

We are 4 adult family members, very keen photographers, nature enthusiasts, tourist town shoppers, food and wine lovers, who have 2 x 5 night windows either side of a fixed 3 night stay in Las Vegas for work in early April.

The first 5 night window we are driving from Los Angeles CA to Yosemite CA seeing Monterey/Carmel and Napa Valley on the way. (Bypassing SF, no time and been there before)

The second 5 night window we are driving from Page AZ to Durango CO seeing various Slot Canyons and Lakes and doing the Skyway Loop drive up to Telluride and back.

I know how random these all are, but we've been just about everywhere else in these regions, and are just going back to see some things we missed.

Knowing that Tioga Pass will be closed when we're there in the first week of April, the debate we have that triggered my question is...

Should we continue to drive the long way on 88 and 395 from Yosemite via Mammoth and Death Valley onto Las Vegas, and then continue to drive from Las Vegas via Grand Canyon onto Page. Basically keeping the hire car the whole time and avoiding flights?


Should we finish in Yosemite and fly from Fresno to Las Vegas and then fly Las Vegas to Page and pick up another car there?

Hope that makes sense! We are flying in and out of LA from Sydney but have nothing else locked in. So the 13 nights all up could either be one big road trip, or could be two scenic side trips either side of boring work!

Thanks very much :-)

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1. Re: Fly V Drive? Yosemite via Las Vegas to Page...

unsure the cost factor of one way rentals and the flights from Fresno to Page. It could be saving you some time but could be costly, you could do an instate rental from LA to Fresno then fly to Vegas and then do a round trip rental from Vegas

Durango is just to far given your short travel time and what you want to see.

Even what you are trying to is a little much.

2 days driving the coast....

2 days yosemite

1 day in Napa

You could do a one way rental trom LAX to SFO/OAK/SJC and then fly to vegas.

After Vegas

day 1 drive to South rim

day 2 south rim all day

day 3 south rim AM, monument valley PM

day 4 Page

day 5 back to Vegas

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2. Re: Fly V Drive? Yosemite via Las Vegas to Page...

Thanks Dan.

Yes I had the same concerns too about the one way rental fees and costs of regional flights. So your suggestion makes sense.

Appreciate the tips, have a lovely day!

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3. Re: Fly V Drive? Yosemite via Las Vegas to Page...

Rent the car already with an Aussie broker like www.traveljigsaw.com.au and there will be no drop off fees between the states of Ca, Nv and Az. There will be between those states and Colorado though. Flights to Page are very limited.

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4. Re: Fly V Drive? Yosemite via Las Vegas to Page...

As Tet says, the only likely one way fee would be to drop one of the rentals (or the only one if you keep the car while in Vegas, or do this as a single trip) in Colorado. However, some overseas visitors have managed to get fee free one ways all the way to Denver airport, having stared in California or Nevada.

Napa is certainly the 'known' wine area for most foreigners. However, as I do think you have a lot of mileage there, perhaps too much, one way of shortening your trip would be to explore the wine area around Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo instead, it's between Santa Barbara (which again has wineries) and Cambria area. Napa is also pricey for everything.

I've not mapped out the route, but one long loop may well be fewer miles and more sightseeing time than the 2 trips, and with a single car rental, this could well work out cheaper as you'd start in LA and finish in LV, so definitely no need to pay a one way rental fee.


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