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West Coast Tour

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West Coast Tour

Hi

Looking to do a west coast tour of america, love to visit LA, San Francisco, San Diego and Yosemite National Park maybe even include Vegas and Grand Canyon. Was thinking of getting a car and planning everything outselves but someone as recomended a escorted tour.

Has anyone done one of these and recomend them? If so which are the best ones?

Thanks

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1. Re: West Coast Tour

In my opinion, the "best" way to do this is to plan it yourself with assistance from folks on TripAdvisor. Since this is a TripAdvisor forum, I think that's the most popular option here.

Who is in the travel group? How many nights do you have? What things do you like to do & see? What is your travel style? When would you like to visit?

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Suggest you read the Top Questions and CA trip Ideas on the right side of this webpage and you can map it out in maps.google.com and then post your itinerary here and we can help you fine tune it. Self-drive is the best way to see the West. A car is not needed in SF or Vegas but other than that you do need one.

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We have seen several itineraries of these escorted tours and they are brutal. They rush you from place to place, on long bus rides, give you a couple of hours at your destination and then bus you to a cheap hotel miles from said destination. Their descriptions are deceiving. You will not see all of the things they wax ecstatic about. If you look at one of these itineraries and then compare the route with a map you can see that most of your time would be spent on the bus.

You are so much better off planning and doing your own trip and tailoring it to your wishes.

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4. Re: West Coast Tour

There are only 2 of us going and looking to travel for 2 weeks either in may or September/October next year.

San Francisco is a must for me and want at least 2 days here. We have both been to Florida and love the Disney experience so a trip to California Disney would have to be included. Also love to see San Diego, Los Angeles and maybe see a sporting event either ice hockey, basketball football (soccer) baseball or American football depending what's on and in season.

I've always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas but with them being out of the state would this be too far to travel maybe with all the other things we can see in California?

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It can just about be done, but it would be quite packed, and you would have to be ruthless in your city sight-seeing decisions. If you did it that way, I'd recommend landing in SF, then Yosemite, then driving down the coast to LA, then to SD, then to the Grand Canyon, then finishing in LV and flying out from there. Otherwise, you have a lot of back-tracking with not enough time.

OTOH, you could skip the canyon and GC and easily fill your time with more days in any of the CA cities, or adding Napa, or more time on the coast or Yosemite, or...There's never enough time for everything! Need to prioritize.

Hm. If Tioga Rd is open, you could do SF > Yosemite > LV with stopover somewhere > GC > SD > LA & Disneyland > coast > SF. But that is really tight. Do you like roadtrips?

Edited: 25 June 2013, 23:54
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