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San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

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San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

Hello all,

My wife and I are travelling south through California.

Any suggestions on things to see and do? She loves the ocean and scenic areas, I'm the same but am also interested in historical and modern military sites.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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1. Re: San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

If she likes the ocean and scenic drives, the you absolutely must drive highway 1 through Big Sur.

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2. Re: San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

If I were doing it, I would do the following:


Starting in SF, go south and see the Big Basin Redwoods, continue south on hwy 1.

Get lunch in Monterrey

Maybe see Monterrey Aquarium ( requires several hours )

Alternate to Aquarium is Point Lobos

Drive south on hwy 1 through Big Sur

Stop at the Ragged Point Inn for the night - eat dinner there, probably.


After breakfast, drive south, stop at Piedras Blancas to see the elephant seals

Eat lunch in Morro Bay - there are lots of restaurants where you can watch sea lions and otters while you eat.

Continue south on 1, stop for dinner in Santa Barbara,

Leave SB about 6:30 so that you arrive in LA after the bad traffic.

( Days three, four, and five I'll leave to someone else )


Drive to March Air Force Base. Take the tour

Get on I-15 northward before rush hour.

Edited: 20 September 2018, 03:55
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3. Re: San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

What time of year? It matters. Some sections are slower than others and you don't want to drive Big Sur after dark because it's pointless, as well as dangerous.

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4. Re: San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

Hi Damien

Go 'up' one level to the California state forum. Open the full TripAdvisor website, not the app. Look to the right at the Top Questions about California. Read about the Hwy 1 drive.

Note that San Francisco (abbreviated SF) and the Hwy 1 drive and L.A. can each easily fill three days, so that's nine days total. And you only have six plus you need to drive 4-5 hours to Las Vegas. You'll have to make some tough choices.

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5. Re: San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

For modern military sites, there is also a museum at Travis Air Force Base


its between San Francisco and Sacramento in Fairfield, so not too far out of your way before you drive south

Since you are driving to Las Vegas, you may want to route your way to Las Vegas via Lancaster. The downtown area (The Blvd) has many military tributes there (including murals, plaques, etc.)


There is the

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6. Re: San Fran to Vegas via LA in 6 days

Do your six days include time in SF and LV, or just transit time between them? And is that six full days (seven nights), or just five (six nights)?

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