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Unread 14 Feb 19, 12:12 PM  
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Itinerary and hotel help please

Hi all,

My OH and I are just in the process of booking for September / October. We are flying in and out of SFO (booked in BA sale) and have made a couple of bookings. Like others I am surprised at hotel costs. We need to book car hire too. So far the planning goes like this:

Day 1 We Flight LHR - SFO going to stay at airport for the night
Day 2 Th Drive to Yosemite - Yosemite Valley Lodge booked thanks to advice on here to book early!
Day 3 F Yosemite
Day 4 Sa Yosemite
Day 5 Su Yosemite to Furnace Creek - not sure whether Tioga Pass will be open end September?
Day 6 Mo Furnace Creek
Day 7 Tu Furnace Creek to GC South Rim Thunderbird Lodge booked - just only one other hotel available!
Day 7 We Grand Canyon
Day 9 Th Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via Hoover dam
Day 10 Fr Las Vegas
Day 11 Sa Las Vegas to Palm Springs
Day 12 Su Palm Springs
Day 13 Mo Palm Springs to San Diego
Day 14 Tu San Diego
Day 15 We San Diego
Day 16 Th San Diego to Santa Barbara
Day 17 Fr Santa Barbara to San Simeon or Pismo
Day 18 Sa wherever to San Francisco - drop off car
Day 19 Su SAN Francisco
Day 20 Mo San Francisco
Day 21 Tu San Francisco
Day 22 We SFO - LHR - arrive next day

Trying to do lots but this maybe too much and also a bit worried about some long driving days although we will both drive. I've read lots of trip reports but there is so much we'd like to see and do.

Any / all advice gratefully received. Many thanks for your time.
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Hi all fairly good we have done all these places, main thing we would say is drop a day Palm Springs and add a day to your coast stop which most would agree has to be Monterey and make it a 2 night stop there. 17 mile drive,Carmel ,aquarium is super and a must do is whale watching a highlight for so many people. Monterey bay is where they film lots of whale etc for the TV programmes. Also if your into sport then pebble beach is a must for at least lunch behind the 18 green.
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Thanks for the info.
I was just worried we are trying to cram too much in. Really useful to hear about Monterey too.

Now to try and book hotels! If anyone has any ideas about best ways to book Las Vegas I'd be grateful
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Hi again have you considered airbnb, this has been our main accomodation on our last 2 trips. As for vegas we stayed in the signature suits at the MGM but again booked via airbnb. In San Fran stayed in a airbnb on chestnut st with free of st parking which is a great saving and was only a 10/15 min walk to pier area, oh and had a roof terrace with view to bridge.
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For yosemite have a look at blue butterfly bb or yosemite view lodge, these are at El portal which is a few mins to park entrance. When you arrive do the valley floor tour, 2 hours, great for overview a little history and getting your bearings.
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