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I'm making a trip to San Francisco in April and am thinking of taking a 3 day tour to Las Vegas followed by a 4 day tour to LA. I've not been to the US and would like to do some shopping and sightseeing. Question is, am I being too ambitious by touring so many cities in such a short time? Should I just stay put in San francisco for 10 days? I've been told that S.F. is beautiful and not to bother with Las Vegas. LA I heard is expensive.

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    San Fran is great, but I wouldn't stay more than 4 days or so. Vegas is great for a couple of days and then of course you can do the Grand Canyon which is not to be missed. LA has some great stuff too - West Hollywood is awesome and if you're going down to Disneyland they have soem great 3 star hotels walking distance from the park that are really good value. over 6 years ago

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    You will have to donsome diffucult decisions. I had to return to US twice just to make it all... First option is to go for the coastal no.1 from SF to LA (ideally even to San Diego) and then fly back. This can be made in 10 days by renting a car.
    The other option would be to go the inner state way in case you want to see the nature: do SF - Napa ( if you are a wine lover) then Yosemitte then a long drive to Death Valley and then LV and Grand Canyon.

    In order to see the most though you should count with renting a car + flying back to your departu point ( i guess its SF) in order to save time forthe more important things :-) over 6 years ago

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    I live in the SF Bay Area and while there's plenty to do in the area for that time, as a first timer to the US, I would spread my wings a bit. Are you driving or flying between places? Or it appears you are looking at places to visit within organized tours, no? If you are driving or have leeway, the SF to LA leg makes for a nice 2-day (one overnight) along Highway 1 on the coast (staying in San Luis Obispo, or Cambria or Moro Bay), then hopping from Highway 1 there to 101 through Santa Barbara and to LA.

    LA is no more expensive that SF. In fact it may even be cheaper in terms of hotels to choose from because of the geographic spread. Farmers Daughter near the Grove is a solid place, Santa Monica/Abbot Kinney area have good options, but don;t overlook downtown LA which s going through a bit of a rebirth of late. I was there a few weeks agi and was amazed at how alive it was; people were actually WALKING around! The usual suspects of reliable but budget hotels are La Quinta, Super 8, Motel 6, Holiday Inn Express,...look at Priceline for a booking or even bidding on a hotel. Can't go wrong either way, really.

    LA to Vegas is a well trodden route so not too much of a stretch with your time to tack that on (2 nights, unless you do Hoover Dam for a day, in which case 3 nights is plenty). It's worth it just for the kitsch, as well as a hopping off point for checking out Hoover Dam, the desert and yes, in a pinch, The Grand Canyon, but you really need more time for that. If there was an additional spot to add if you had the time, it's San Diego. Just down the road from LA and a nice overnighter. over 6 years ago

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    Thank guys. Appreciate the feedback. How many days would I need in LA and Vegas ideally?

    Tunsey, I'll be travelling via organised tours. over 6 years ago

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    LA is expensive, but it you enjoy Hollywood & movies it's fun. Must have a car. Vegas has awesome shopping & lots of free outdoor entertainment. If you see any show at all, see Beatles LOVE...best show in town. over 6 years ago

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    3 days in each city will allow you to see a lot. Not necessary to have escorted tours in either city. Hotel concierge in LA can direct, and Vegas is walkable. Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam tours available out on sidewalk. over 6 years ago

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    I highly recommend renting a car and driving to Monterey. The 17 mile drive there is some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. over 6 years ago

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