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Fufu12
post Apr 17 2012, 08:34 AM
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Hi

So after a few post in other forums and tripadvisor we have finally planed our trip and route.


We are a young fun couple in 30s and 40s taking this big adventurous trip for the first time and we enjoy all things life throws at us at the end it is all about experiencing it!! .


PLEASE ANY ADVICE WILL BE VERY HELPFULL. We are from South africa Cape town and our first travel to USA -West Coast and very excited about it!

Please give me information on RV camp grounds - nice ones with views, amenities ect.

Here are the information of our travel.


Arriving on the 7th and depart on the 29th Of July 2012. (23 Days )


Driving an RV which we rented from a private person in Ontario for the duration of the trip.


My Partner is a Proffesional Photographer and his main aim is to take amazing photos of the national parks for magazines.



TRIP PLAN


ARRIVE AT 5PM - ONTARIO
Pick up RV and do some grocery shopping
(SUGGESTION OF A PLACE TO PURCHASE FOOD FOR RV CAMPER AND IF POSSIBLE A LIST OF WHAT WE NEED TO BUY FOR OUR TRAVEL


Drive starts from Ontario

* Twentynine Palms OR Joshua Tree National Park OR Morongo National Preserve

(* PLEASE ADVICE WHICH IS MORE BETTER TO VISIT?nice scenery ect and best campsite for overnight stay)


* Bill williams river national wildlife reserve - (Parker Dam)


* Lake Havusa City


( Possible sleep over- should we book RV site? which is best to book)


* Williams ( possible visit to FLAGSTAFF)

Is Flagstaff worth visiting? Any interesting sites or things to see and do?(flagstaff?) as its just off our route


* Grand Canyon Village
which side north or south best and RV campsite to book possibly we might not stay over)


* Olijato monument Valley


( will this be worth visiting? what can be seen do done there? my partner wants to drive there although its slightly of route we would then drive back down to highway 98)


* Page


(Possible overnight stay depends on how tired we are- RV campsite and the best one?)


* The Wave


( We are aware of the Lottery for the wave but because we dont have the exact date we would arrive at the wave we have decided not to go into the lottery, i have read there are other ways of seeing the waves)


* Kanab


* Zion National Park


* St George


* Las vegas


( We will try to avoid arriving on the weekend in Las vegas, going to stay 2 nights have not booked yet) Suggest a nice hotel with view and something romantic please. Please advice of where we could park off our RV we would like to stay in a hotel for 2 nights. Will hotel parking places keep the RV (at the hotel we stay at?)


* Death Valley National park
Stay overnight - Please suggest RV grounds to stay overnight. Any interesting things to see or do?)


* Drive on the 395 highway to South Lake Tahoe ( 338 mile) which is a long drive so possible stop over for night please advice? and on RV camp grounds)

*Sacramento (Highway 50)

* San Francisco


Stay 2 nights - RV Camp grounds to park as we will stay at hotel or if there are nice camp grounds for the RV should we stay in RV?


* San Jose


Passing through

*Pacific Highway


( this is a long drive and we would probably need to stay overnight but we not sure if there are any camp grounds for RV along this route where we could also sight see or go to the beach so somewhere close to the ocean) between Monterey and Morro Bay.


* Santa Babara


Spend the day ( suggest of Rv Camp Grounds for resting purpose and then probably tour the city?)


* Los Angeles


(2 days stay - RV camp ground suggestions? we will be doing some tours in the day walking and bus tours and will take a taxi and bus or train to get to the city)


Back to Ontario to drop of RV and flight back to Cape town South Africa.


We worked out 7 nights of stay over. Some places i did mention possible stay over so We have 3 nights stay over extra should we like a place to sleep over all depends on traffic and other possilbe incidents along the trip.

We have not booked anything yet and would like to start booking RC camp sites for the trip. So all suggestions is welcome and please include a grocery list of what to buy and place in Ontario.

Its quiet difficult as we may decide to stay a day extra at a place if we like it so not sure how the booking works if we go ahead and book for our whole trip.


Your advice on this trip will be highly appreciated. I have tried to attach our map but cant seem to do that.




I have read on many forums and posted on some but this is now our complete trip we have put together and other information here is so overwhelming i have not found a trip like ours on the forum.


LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR EXPERT ADVICE AND WONDERFUL FEEDBACKS


MANY THANKS!!
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Fufu12
post Apr 20 2012, 03:53 AM
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THANK YOU ALL FOR THE INFO

We have now decided not to go through death valley as with all the comments and feedback its going to be too hot an uncomfortable.

Can you advise best route to take from

Las vegas

on the US 395 OR THE 95?

is the 95 a longer drive? would you suggest going through death valley or is there another route to suggest but not such a long drive?


ACJohn you mentioned * On your trip up US 395, you should consider stopping in either Mammoth Lakes or Twin Lakes just outside Bridgeport*

what is the route from las vegas?

we aslo like to visit Yosamite park

can someone advice on the following

Is it worth visiting Olijato- Monument Valley?

we want to drive from Lake Havusa to Grand Canyon and stay over for sunrise and sunset. Is that a long drive would you suggest we do that and not go to Olijato ? From there we will go to the Wave and the to Las vegas

Thank you so much
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post Apr 20 2012, 06:46 PM
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QUOTE(Fufu12 @ Apr 20 2012, 04:53 AM) *

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Can you advise best route to take from Las vegas on the US 395 OR THE 95?

is the 95 a longer drive? would you suggest going through death valley or is there another route to suggest but not such a long drive?

we aslo like to visit Yosamite park

can someone advice on the following Is it worth visiting Olijato- Monument Valley?

we want to drive from Lake Havusa to Grand Canyon and stay over for sunrise and sunset. Is that a long drive would you suggest we do that and not go to Olijato ? From there we will go to the Wave and the to Las vegas

Thank you so much


maps.google.com suggests ~4 hours from Lake Havasu City to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. From there to Page is another 3 hours, add an extra 3 hours driving to visit Monument Valley (plus 2+ hours while there for the tour and visitor center, etc). If I had to choose between Monument Valley and Yosemite I would choose Yosemite. A lot of it is personal preference. I would also suggest Bryce Canyon over Monument Valley. Look at the pictures and decide.

HWY 95 is not a bad route from Las Vegas (to Tonopah and then 6 to 385), but then there is still the option of going hwy 160 and then through Death Valley like you were thinking (knowing that it will be hot) and then 190 over to 385. An extra hour of driving plus whatever stops you make. You could see Badwater, the sand dunes, and stop at a couple other viewpoints on the way but it could be rather late arriving at Mammoth Lakes for the night depending on how many places you visit. It would not be as intense as an overnight stay at Death Valley, and you could bail out and drive off any time you get too hot, assuming your vehicle is up to handling the heat. Either route you need to be aware of how far you can go on a tank of gas.

Tioga Pass road from Lee Vining to Yosemite is steep and slow. Some RVs are not up to it. Google says 2 hours from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley, I think it could be much more. Figure on at least 3 hours. Overnight options in Yosemite (and particularly in the valley) are very limited, but if you don't mind an hour+ drive a lot more options open up. Check out the NPS website to see what is still available). Yosemite Valley will be very crowded (check the nps website for shuttle options) but beautiful. Will you be doing any hiking? What lengths are you willing to go to to get away from the thickest crowds?
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Fufu12   Help With Rv Camp Sites! West Coast-usa   Apr 17 2012, 08:34 AM
B. Kidd   You did say July, right? :blink: 1)Cut down on ...   Apr 17 2012, 05:32 PM
JBH   I agree with the Kidd...if it were me/my family, t...   Apr 17 2012, 09:46 PM
Fufu12   hi Thank you for your feedback i do understand t...   Apr 18 2012, 02:11 AM
ACJohn   There aren't too many options for full hook-up...   Apr 18 2012, 05:10 PM
B. Kidd   [quote name='ACJohn' date='Apr 18 2012...   Apr 19 2012, 03:22 PM
rvlaji   Joshua Tree: We stayed at 29 Palms. Be sure to see...   Apr 19 2012, 11:04 AM
ACJohn   Hmmmmm......so if someone is bound and determined ...   Apr 19 2012, 06:12 PM
BuckeyeBarb   Hmmmmm......so if someone is bound and determined...   Apr 21 2012, 06:01 AM
walt66   sounds like a nice trip, Before you get started pl...   May 16 2012, 07:34 PM
Fufu12   THANK YOU ALL FOR THE INFO We have now decided no...   Apr 20 2012, 03:53 AM
rvlaji   ... Can you advise best route to take from Las ve...   Apr 20 2012, 06:46 PM
B. Kidd   [quote name='Fufu12' date='Apr 20 2012...   Apr 21 2012, 09:30 PM
Texasrvers   Sorry I wrote this before I found out there is an ...   Apr 20 2012, 07:13 PM
wprigge   So now that you know that it will be hot in July,...   Apr 20 2012, 07:35 PM
Texasrvers   Yes, and thanks. Someone else just pointed out th...   Apr 20 2012, 08:10 PM
Jensb   Well the national parks of the Western US are amaz...   Apr 21 2012, 03:52 AM
BuckeyeBarb   Hi-we are new to RVing but not new to the Southwes...   Apr 21 2012, 06:20 AM
Fufu12   Thank you all So overwhelmed with information an...   Apr 21 2012, 09:35 AM
Jensb   Since you have 23 days, I think it's very soon...   Apr 21 2012, 11:07 AM
Fufu12   Wow thank you Jensb I seem to have incorrectly da...   Apr 21 2012, 11:40 AM
Jensb   Yosemite 2 night stay A bit confused here should...   Apr 21 2012, 11:47 AM
Fufu12   We will be flying out front Los Angeles Spending ...   Apr 21 2012, 11:52 AM
Jensb   Day 9 Looking for shortest scenic route??? From L...   Apr 21 2012, 11:55 AM
Fufu12   Sorry for all the questions We see that there...   Apr 21 2012, 12:00 PM
Jensb   Oh no :( And if we book mammoth can we still v...   Apr 21 2012, 12:13 PM
Fufu12   Oh thank you I've been sitting and waiting fo...   Apr 21 2012, 12:56 PM
Jensb   Day 9 Lee vining Mono lake rv campgound arriving ...   Apr 21 2012, 01:49 PM
Fufu12   Thanks a mill Jensb We have just looked for Yosem...   Apr 21 2012, 04:24 PM
Jensb   Thanks a mill Jensb We have just looked for Yose...   Apr 22 2012, 01:37 AM
Fufu12   Hi Yes I will Thanks for the advice really help...   Apr 22 2012, 12:26 PM


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