H2b and I was looking to book 2 week break in America straight after the wedding. We are looking to hire a car and was to drive from Nevada to see Las Vegas then to California with stops along the way . Has anyone done this before, got any advice on booking this type of holiday or any recommendations and great places to stop along the way.
We used Kuoni who were fab! We did Vegas, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Yosemite and San Fran x
We've booked to do something similar. Have found it much cheaper to just book hotels separately on Booking.com instead of using companies like Kuoni etc, you get the exact same thing for a fraction of the price :)
We booked flights and car through BA and hotels separately, we travelled from San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley, Vegas and Grand Canyon... It was amazing!! There are lots of really helpful FB pages and groups, we found the national park Fb pages useful xx
It's so easy to do it yourself and although you need to pay outright for the flights, you can use somewhere like booking.com to find hotels with free cancellation so you can always find a better hotel at a later date. We were in Vegas at Christmas and were in Excalibur - it was at the bottom end of the strip but ubers only cost $5 or so to get to one of the main casinos. You can go to any casino even if you're not staying at the hotel and almost all of them have shows to go to. Enjoy!
I wouldn’t use travel agents or anything it’s much cheaper to book it yourselves. Airbnb’s in the major cities are usually cheaper than hotels and some are beautiful. Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Yosemite and sequoia national parks are all amazing. So is the drive along the coast from LA to San Francisco
We are doing 24 days... flying into NY, driving to Chicago via Niagra and Cleveland. Scenic sleeper train from Chicago to Portland and another from Portland to San Francisco. Then hiring a car and driving (about 12 days) from San Francisco to Denver, via wine country, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, lots of national parks though Arizona/Utah/Colarado and the Rockies. We started train schedules, then looked at relative cost of flights in and out of different places then got a map and guide books and worked out the rest.
Lynn Bee 😀
We have done it a few times. What would you like to know?
We did Route 66 a couple of years ago so Vegas to LA was our last leg. We booked it all separately - flights with Skyscanner, the car with Rentalcars (just be aware of the 1 way fee if you’re dropping it off in a different place) and booked all accommodation through booking. com. We pre-booked Vegas and LA hotels but booked everything else along the way. Had a collection of guide books with us which were great for places to see!
We’re doing that, we fly into Vegas and we’ve hired a mustang. We’re driving down to San Diego and then up the coast to San Fran stopping along the way in LA and San Jose
We booked flights with Thomas cook, car through alamo and then each hotel in each different stop through booking.com
We flew to San Francisco then travelled down the coast to San Diego stopped at different places then onto Vegas and then up to Yosemite then back to San Fran.
We had 3 weeks but looking to do something like that again for our honeymoon! We loved it!
Thanks for your replies. Has anyone stopped in the motels and if so, what have been like.
Stop at Peggy Sues 1950s diner x
Love this post!!!
We did vegas/hoover dam/grand canyon (got engaged)/red rock canyon for a week last year by hiring a mustang, it was fab but full on!
In 6 weeks time for our honeymoon we are flying to San Francisco staying for 4 nights (booked alcatraz already as dates are getting booked up), hiring a car (another mustang!) then driving to yosemite for 5 nights, back over to the coast but a bit further down to stay in monterey for a night (going whale watching), then drive the big sur, continue to drive down the coast, overnight in San Luis, overnight in santa Barbara, then onto LA for overnight then fly back, again a full on trip for two weeks! We've booked accommodation on booking.com but found for a basic hotel (uk/my standard) found it to be quite expensive at about £150 a night.
Which were the Facebook pages were being recommended?
Lynn Bee you could do this trip with your eyes closed... it's almost your daily commute
My partner and his family have done this route on numerous occasions. I was able to go also When my little girl was 1. We hired a car and started in San Fransisco where his aunties live - the on to Yosemite, then onto LA, then onto Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and last few days in Las Vegas.
We rented lodges/ holiday homes in each destination for a variety of nights.
Hands down the best holiday we have ever been on. So much so considering it as our honeymoon 😍
Really easy to do it yourself. We recently did LA, up the coast to San Fran, down through Yosemite and Death Valley, into Vegas and back to LA.
There are lots of itinerary’s online so you know what you can achieve in terms of driving times.
We booked flights and car hire separately. We used holiday autos for the car.
Look up where you want to go on the way and try and avoid the freeways... they’re a boring drive! 😄
Abby Sinclair isn't this what you did?
It's really easy to do it yourself. We booked through STA travel. Flew in to San Francisco, had 3 days, picked up a car and drove to Yosemite national park for a night and stayed at curry village, then drove to Mammoth Lakes for a night. We then drove to Las Vegas for 4 days where we left the car, we did a Grand Canyon trip with grand adventures which we booked online, then we flew to San Diego. I think all flights, car and hotels cost us about £2200. But that was about 4 years ago. The most amazing trip!!