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Travel advice-hope you can help

I am considering traveling to San Francisco,LA & Las Vegas and driving between destinations. We have a 3 yr old child and was wondering would this trip be suitable for child of this age. What can i expect in each of these cities etc. Where would be nice to stop off for a couple of nights along the coast. Is Napa Valley worth going to.

We will be traveling from dublin in July.

Hope you can help

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That is kind of a big sweeping question. I know people who take small children with them to Las Vegas and I don't quite understand why they do that. It is a decidedly adult playground. Kids, including teens, are ususally quite bored with it.

With Los Angeles and San Francisco, you can expect very large cities with lots of attractions. The coast is hundreds of miles long, nice stops might be Monterey, Big Sur, Cambria, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara. Napa Valley is beautiful and is a huge wine producing area. It is worth going to if you are interested in that.

Maybe you could specify a little more on what your interests are and post questions in the specific forums for Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

You have a wealth of very knowledgable people here.

Have fun planning!

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Do a little online search or get a good california/nevada tourbook and see what would interest you. There are gazillion things to do in California, so it is hard for us to give you good advice if we dont know what you are looking for in your vacation

Also agree with the above poster that Vegas is not sucj a good idea with a 3 year old, not only is there nothing of interest for a kids that age there, it will be 100+ degrees in July in that area. Might want to wait and take Vegas in another trip when the kid is a little older. Vegas has some themeparks/rollercoaster/fun arcades a kid would, enjoy, but not at the age of 3

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Agree with other posters... leave Vegas out.

When my family lived in northern California, my parents took a trip to Reno with my sister and I in tow. My parents went inside a casino and left my sister and I waiting outside as there was the "No One Under 21 Allowed" sign on the door. It is an unpleasant memory, to say the least.

What would you plan on doing with your 3 year old while you're checking the town out anyway?

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I'm one of "those" parents who take my kids to Vegas sometimes. The city has two sides to it. One is gambling, drinking, eating amazing food and watching great shows. These we do when we leave the kids at home. With kids in tow - these become difficult if not impossible to enjoy. However, my kids love Vegas. We go up in the Eiffel Tower at Paris, watch the water show at the Bellagio, gondola rides through the Venetian. They love the human statues in the mall. The also are enthralled by all the lights, people and things to see. Some of the hotels have great pools to hang out as well. If you are going to Vegas to gamble - you won't be able to with your child - if you are going there just to "see" Vegas - have fun - two full days is more than enough time - probably one day would suffice. It will be extremely HOT though.

San Francisco and Los Angeles both have plenty to do with a 3 year old. San Diego does as well - you may want to look into adding a stop there instead of Napa or Vegas. I find that Napa has even less for a three year old than Vegas does. I much prefer the wineries along the central coast if stopping in with the kids. We also know our limit on how long they will last at any of them.

Santa Barbara is a nice stop along the coast. The Santa Barbara zoo is the perfect size for younger kids, very nicely down but small enough to do in a morning.

Monterey is also a good stop - the aquarium is very impressive.

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