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West coast trip August 2019

Birmingham, United...
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West coast trip August 2019

Hi,

My girlfriend and I are visiting the West Coast in August next year. We already have flights booked to arrive in Las Vegas on Sunday 4th August and flights returning from San Fran on Saturday 17th August.

We are attending a wedding in Vegas on the Wednesday, and are booked in to Ceasars palace until the 9th. After that our idea was to travel around the West Coast and making our way to San Francisco before flying home on the 17th.

What would you recommend for our travel itinerary?

We were initially thinking of flying from Vegas to LA on the 9th to spend a few nights seeing the local attractions, then hiring a car to drive along the PCH stopping for a night or two (not sure where?), before reaching SF and spending two nights there before flying home on the Saturday.

We are a young couple, with a medium sized budget.

Thank you

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Washington State
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1. Re: West coast trip August 2019

Hi

You don't really have time for the West Coast. I recommend just sticking to California for your limited visit.

There are many many options for your time in California. If you open the full TripAdvisor website (not the app) and look to the right, you can access the valuable Top Questions. Here on the L.A. forum page, the topics are all about L.A.

For info about the lovely coastal drive from L.A. to San Francisco (only abbreviated SF), use the California state forum. Two nights would be good ... maybe around Pismo Beach or Cambria and around Monterey.

For info about the city of San Francisco, use the Top Questions on the SF forum page. Drop the car when you arrive and then transfer to SFO for your flight home.

Lodging reservations during this incredibly busy tourist 'season' will be essential.

Happy Planning!

San Francisco...
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2. Re: West coast trip August 2019

La Cambria Monterey SF. And you don’t have time as mentioned to spend too much time in each area

Santa Monica...
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3. Re: West coast trip August 2019

Definitely fly to LA from Vegas.

LA is a minimum 3 nights, 4 or 5 is better. Driving the CA coast is a minimum 2 nights, 3 or 4 is better. SF is a minimum 3 nights - more is better.

If driving the coast, overnight in Cambria or Pismo, and then Monterey or Carmel.

Santa Monica...
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4. Re: West coast trip August 2019

As you are arriving in Las Vegas, spend 3 nights there, then fly to LA, spend your time here for 4 days, stay in Beverly Grove neighborhood, central and walkable. Rent a car your last day so you can drive to San Francisco via PCH (say 1 night Santa Barbara, 1 night Morro Bay, 2 nights Monterey). This gives you 3 in San Francisco.

Birmingham, United...
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5. Re: West coast trip August 2019

Thanks everyone for your replies.

Unfortunately as part of the wedding party we have already committed to staying in Las Vegas from the 4th, leaving on the 9th. That leaves remaining 8 nights remaining.

As recommended, should we plan to fly to LA on the 9th spending 4 nights here (9, 10, 11 and 12th). On the 13th morning hire a car and drive towards S.F, stopping for 1 night in Cambria (13th) and 1 night in Monterey (14th). That will leave us with 2 nights in S.F (15th & 16th). Fly home on the 17th.

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6. Re: West coast trip August 2019

Seattle is the best city on the west coast.

San Francisco, Ca
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7. Re: West coast trip August 2019

>>Seattle is the best city on the west coast.<<

And Paris is the best city in Europe. Both statements are completely irrelevant for what the OP wants to do.

>>should we plan to fly to LA on the 9th spending 4 nights here (9, 10, 11 and 12th). On the 13th morning hire a car and drive towards S.F, stopping for 1 night in Cambria (13th) and 1 night in Monterey (14th). That will leave us with 2 nights in S.F (15th & 16th). Fly home on the 17th.<<

Two nights in SF is only one day... maybe take a night from LA to spend 3 nights in each?

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