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Old 05-06-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
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My boyfriend and I have booked a RTW ticket to start on September 14th this year. We're spending a week in (South) Florida to start, and then fly into LA on September 21st. We have two weeks remaining in America until we move on.

We'd hoped to stick mostly to the West Coast, and would like to go to San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and LA, of course.

What I was wondering is how you reckon we should split our time up? We don't want to spend too long in Las Vegas (two, possibly 3 nights), as we won't have a huge amount of money for gambling etc, but other than that, I don't think we have a huge preference.

We have enough money for a buses between cities, and a couple of internal flights (we'd rather fly the routes that will take over 6 hours on a bus).

Also, are there any other places of interest relatively near to any of these cities that anyone can recommend? Somewhere that's quite cheap to get to!

Cheers guys, looking forward to your responses.
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Old 05-06-2006, 07:26 PM   #2
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Yeah, 3 nights in Vegas is good cause then you can go to the Grand Canyon on one of those days. Its a short distance away. What do you guys want to do? Down in LA you can do the Hollywood thing, go to Disneyland, go to Magic Mountain for the best roller coasters on the West Coast, go to Venice beach for the atmosphere, or Newport or Huntington for a better beach, check out the sunset strip for clubs and music shows, etc. Tons of stuff to do in LA. You can take a bus to San Diego, its not oo far, and then fly to San Francisco. Tons of stuff to there too. Just walk around the city, its one of the best in the world.

Id recommend other things to do in California but you will probably eat up that two weeks pretty easily with those four places. To answer the question, I would say 3 days in Vegas, two days in San Diego, five in LA and four in SF.
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Thanks for that!

I sat down last night and had a good think about it, trying to find the best way to travel between places, etc. I found a bus company that is aimed at backpackers, which travels between LA, somewhere called Big Bear Lake (which I'd never heard of before, but looks so cool!), and Vegas. It's pretty cheap (LA - BBL for $25, and BBL to LV for $35) but only goes on certain days, so I've tried to work around that. Here's what I came up with...

Arrive in LA on Thurs 21 Sept, stay until Sun 24.
Sun 24, get bus to Big Bear Lake (leave at 11am, arrive at 4pm).
Weds 27, get bus to Las Vegas (leave at 7am, arrive at 12pm).
Fri 29, fly to San Francisco (leave around midday).
Tues 3, Greyhound to San Diego (overnight bus, arrive mid-morning on the 3rd).
Thurs 5, Greyhound to LA (mid-afternoon, ready for late night flight from LA)

Anyway, I've tried to do it so that we don't have too much of any day eaten up by travelling. There is a ton of stuff I'd like to do in LA (I like theme parks, but my boyfriend doesn't! Booo), but unfortunately we're going to be on a pretty strict budget, so won't be able to do too much stuff there.

Anyway, if anyone has any comment, feel free!

Thanks again Somnambulation.
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I know nothing about Big Bear Lake, but assuming it's really a lake, that's a great opportunity to see something besides cities - they're interesting and all, but they aren't all!

I've only spent a little time in LA (Newport Beach was nice) and a long weekend in San Francisco, which was great fun. We took a boat ride in the bay, past Alcatraz and off to some little "village" on the other side that was all restaurants and "quaint", but it was a great way to spend the day. I've also spent more time than I care to in Vegas, but that's just 'cause I hate it. Each to his own...

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Hehe, yes, it is really a lake! This site shows some of the activities you can do there... http://www.bigbear.com/activities/recreation/summer (I can't post clickable links, my computer is going wrong!). Anyway, it all looks quite fun, lots of activities to get involved in!

I'm really looking forward to San Francisco, I'd love to do a boat trip like the one you mentioned Tumblezweedz.
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I really enjoyed the tour of Alcatraz in SF - the boat ride out is great, and the self-guided tour of the prison with the headsets/soundtrack actually narrated by former inmates was great.

Cool things for me to see in LA definately included Sunset, with all the famous rock clubs like the Whiskey and Roxy. Venice beach was also cool and of course, you also have to check out Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. That was my ultimate tourist itinerary!!
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Big Bear Lake is a beautiful place, and the rates you found for bus between there and LA/Vegas are quite good.

As for San Francisco, let me know when you guys are going to be in town. I'll be glad to show you around and show you some more 'local' sights as opposed to the tourist traps, which should still be seen anyway.
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Thanks Omisan. Have you been to Big Bear Lake then? What sort of stuff did you get up to there?
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I've only been up there in the winter to ski, back in the dark days when I lived in LA. Very pretty up there. I'm sure there's plenty to do in the summer - watersports, hiking and such.
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