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    • Coronado Ferry to mainland for touring?

      San Diego Dec 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM

      Two young seniors spending 4 days in San Diego in February and staying on Coronado. Will have a car. Is it advisable to take the ferry back and forth to see (walk/ taxi) some of the mainland sites? Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, perhaps, Balboa Park (Zoo), etc.? How about if we want dinner on the mainland? Or should we drive to most places? Itinerary not set yet.

    • Specific Location

      Los Angeles Jan 6, 2017 at 6:48 AM

      Hi. I posted another question about where to stay but am now more specific with areas. We will be going to Universal one day, Warner Brothers tour, doing things near Hollywood Blvd area, and then exploring other tourist things.

      Which area/hotel is better...near Universal City (Studio City hotel) or Hollywood Blvd (Hollywood Celebrity hotel), near but off Hollywood Blvd a bit (Days Inn) or Thai Town (Dixie Hotel)? We will have a car but am thinking one of those.
      Have narrowed it down to one of those based on budget and not being too far from Universal and Hollywood Blvd area. We have Hollywood Celebrity booked (but we can cancel).

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      Good hotels near to Alcatraz just a good location ?

      San Francisco Dec 31, 2016 at 1:49 PM

      Hey guys I'm travelling to San Fran for four days on my own In July
      First time ever so bit nervous but excited
      Have no idea what hotel to stay in that's near to Alcatraz and other areas to see
      I'm 27 from London
      Can any one help !!??? X

    • Where to Stay?

      Los Angeles Jan 2, 2017 at 5:45 AM

      We'll be coming to Los Angeles in the summer with our kids and will have 4 days to do touristy things (Hollywood walk of fame and Hollywood Blvd area, Universal Studios, Warner Brother's Tour, Santa Monica Pier, La Brae Tar Pits, etc).

      I'm having trouble deciding on a hotel. We are on a budget since we'll need to keep money for LA plus 4 days at Disney. Anyone stayed at Days Inn near Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Celebrity, Comfort Inn...or hotels in Thai Town such as Dixie Hotel, Hollywood City Inn? We will most likely be renting a car for our LA days.

    • Day trip from LA to Joshua Tree?

      Los Angeles Jan 4, 2017 at 1:48 PM

      Young senior couple staying in Santa Monica with a car for 10 days in late February and thinking of a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Is that feasible? And if so, can I add a stop in Palm Springs to the day trip?


    • Recommended destinations in Death Valley

      by Terrypin Online Now Sep 24, 2016 at 2:21 PM

      Flying to LA from UK mid December. I'm then hiring car and driving to Death Valley, probably staying at hotel in Furnace Creek which I recall from last trip 25 years ago. Two nights stay before driving on. So I'd appreciate recommendations on any 'must see' places in/around Death Valey please. Also possible solo hiking, say 5-8 miles? Oh, and what weather can I expect?

      Terry, East Grinstead, UK

      5 Answers Sep 30, 2016 at 3:47 AM
    • Drive Through Death Valley in May or June?

      by sgt_johnny Online Now Aug 27, 2016 at 9:54 AM

      I wanna do a road trip in 2017. I want to go late may to early june, after visit Vegas, i wana drive through death valley. I would start early in vegas then visit dantes view, badwater, artist palette and masquite sand dunes. I would leave vegas at 6am, and have to leave mesquite dunes at about 6pm, driving to mammoth lakes for staying the night.

      Is this time enough to see those points? I heard it is really hot in may and june, but they mention it should be okay if you just want to visit the places by car, and not do long hikes or so. Is that true?

      I have to do it in late may or early june, because of the seasonal road closure in Yosmite Park..

      What do you think about it?

      8 Answers Aug 28, 2016 at 11:43 PM
    • Tioga Pass mid September this year

      by MoniqueS76 Online Now Aug 21, 2016 at 12:48 AM

      Hi, mid September this year we are hiring a car in Las Vegas and planning to drive through Death Valley via Pahrump, to Lone Pine. Would this be a good overnight enroute to Yosemite? We then plan to drive the Tioga Pass (HWY 120) to get to Yosemite the following day. Is this Do-able in September or will there be a chance the road will be closed due to snow? We will just have a normal car. TIA

      4 Answers Aug 26, 2016 at 9:31 PM
    • drive from vegas to lake tahoe through death valley

      by pippylongstockingnow Online Now May 10, 2016 at 10:35 AM

      wanting to drive to lake Tahoe from vegas scenic route through death valley staying overnight part way in July.

      13 Answers May 12, 2016 at 6:41 PM
    • Driving from San Francisco to Las Vegas through Death Valley in Nov 2015

      by dianas29 Online Now Oct 11, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      We are intending to drive to Las Vegas from San Francisco over 3 days. Which is the best route to take and where is a good stopover for Day 1 and Day 2? Should we stay overnight somewhere in DV? We would have already down the coastal road on our arrival from LA to San Francisco stopping at Santa Barbara and Monterey.
      Is there any problems or things to watch out for driving through Death Valley.
      I'm open to any suggestions and tips.

      36 Answers Nov 15, 2015 at 9:04 PM
    • drive through death valley in november

      by lacke Online Now Sep 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

      Any problem to drive through Death Valley? We are going there in November. After visiting Vegas and Grand Canyon we will drive through Death Valley to visit Yosemite national park.
      Lars, Ingela

      3 Answers Sep 13, 2015 at 5:13 PM
    • Hiking in caves.

      by StephenG15 Online Now May 29, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      Me and three friends of mine are going up to death valley in June only for the morning and that night (going to Vegas during the day) so we're bringing good equipment however we want to explore safe caves, so I was wondering if I can get the coordinates to as many as possible.

      4 Answers Jun 1, 2015 at 4:20 PM
    • 4 day itenary

      by atima76 Online Now Apr 13, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      We are driving with 2 kids (15 & 11 yrs) from Vegas on Thursday in the month of July. We plan to reach DV and enjoy the park that day spend the night there and then next day by noon drive to Yosemite. Reach Yosemite on Friday by evening and then enjoy the park next day on Saturday. Should we stay in Yosemite on Sunday as well or go to Lake Tahoe and then reach SFO on Monday?

      We are not interested in Hiking/Trails… See some good spots and move on..

      Where should we enter the park in DV and what should be our exit from DV and night stay? Any scenic drive to reach Yosemite? From where should we enter Yosemite? Where should we stay in Yosemite? From which point should we get out as faster route? Should we consider Lake Tahoe? Monday and Tuesday we want to enjoy SFO and then move further...


      4 Answers Apr 14, 2015 at 12:24 PM
    • Driving by Death Valley

      by stargazingnoob Online Now Apr 11, 2015 at 4:56 AM

      Hi Travelers,
      My name is James & I will be driving from Vegas to Death Valley on Sunday the 3rd of May. I would love to stargaze but I wouldn't want to set up camp for a night. Our next destination after Death Valley would be Yosemite. What is the best option available?
      Thanks in advance for your help

      4 Answers Apr 11, 2015 at 2:32 PM
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      some infomation

      by ShirleyL15 Online Now Mar 30, 2015 at 12:56 AM

      i wonted to know if it was possible to drive from death valley to yosemite in the 2nd week of january, 2016, if so need to know about fuel, food, and accommadation. if not possible can you still get to yosemite, were going to san francisco thank you shirley australia.

      4 Answers Mar 30, 2015 at 10:48 PM
    • Hotel & Route Recommendation

      by Freakij Online Now Mar 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      Hello together
      We are 3 students travelling through the west coast.
      We can't really estimate the time we need to travel between Death Valley and Yosemite.

      Our Travelplan is following:

      Donnerstag, 11. Juni 2015 San Diego - LA
      Freitag, 12. Juni 2015 Los Angeles
      Samstag, 13. Juni 2015 Los Angeles
      Sonntag, 14. Juni 2015 LA - Death Valley
      Montag, 15. Juni 2015 Death Valley
      Dienstag, 16. Juni 2015 Death Valley - Yosemite NP
      Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2015 Yosemite NP
      Donnerstag, 18. Juni 2015 Yosemite NP - SF
      Freitag, 19. Juni 2015 San Francisco
      Samstag, 20. Juni 2015 San Francisco
      Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015 San Francisco
      Montag, 22. Juni 2015 SF - Monterey
      Dienstag, 23. Juni 2015 Monterey - Pismo Beach
      Mittwoch, 24. Juni 2015 Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara
      Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2015 Santa Barbara - San Diego

      Do you think this is okay? Can you recommend a hotel or a route between the nationalparks?
      Thank you in advance! :-)

      7 Answers Mar 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM
    • Driving Yosemite to Death Valley in February

      by laurakate272 Online Now Aug 10, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      My partner and I will be driving from Yosemite to Death Valley in February next year and have no days to stop in between. I was just wondering about how long to expect in driving time and where would be good places to stop along the way?

      4 Answers Aug 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM
    • Planning to drive through Death Valley on July 19

      by haritrk Online Now Jul 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Our family is planning to drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas via Death valley on July 19. My parents (65+) with heart problem are going to travel with us and our daughter is 5 yr old.

      Just want to have opinion from this forum, is it safe to drive through death valley in month on July? We are not planning to stop any where, just driving in A/C car.

      Your opinion will be helpful


      5 Answers Jul 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM
    • Best places to photograph Death Valley NP in 3/4th of a Day

      by manishbit76 Online Now Jun 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Dear Friends,

      I guess I have been bitten by the California-Yosemite “Photography” bug. I was able to squeeze in another 3-4 days of my version of a “vacation” during the July 4th weekend.

      As part of this, I will have around 3/4th of a day to photograph Death Valley NP, so wanted to get some help on the places I should cover on the following DAY

      • 5 AM to 7 AM Sunrise Photography at the South Tufa towers, Mono Lake
      • 7 AM Leave for Death Valley
      • 1 AM Night Hotel reservation at Mammoth Lakes, and I can check in any time late

      So I am looking at around 15 hours to reach DV NP, Photograph the place and return back to Mammoth Lakes. Please suggest some absolute “MUSTs” for Photography. I am into Landscape, Waterfalls, Milky way, Star Trail photography

      NOTE : I have gone through GOOGLE Maps and have a good idea about the driving distances involved.


      5 Answers Jun 24, 2014 at 4:17 AM
    • Las Vegas to San Francisco via DV

      by karen51 Online Now May 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Hi there, we'll be travelling in a rented car from Las Vegas to San francisco 30th December with one overnight stop, we'd like to go via DV, can anyone give us any ideas on the best route to take, it seems via furnace creek/stovepipe wells is a good route, I'm aware that we'll have to go via Bakersfield because of the time of the year. Thanks!

      11 Answers May 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM
    • LA to San Fran via Death Valley.

      by amymal Online Now Mar 30, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      My friend and I are planning to drive from LA to San Fran via DV over 2 days.
      Is it possible to see some of the landmarks in this time frame? Which ones do you suggest?
      And where would you recommend staying for the night as a halfway mark?
      Thanks in advance.

      3 Answers Mar 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM
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      Planning help for Death Valley..Christmas with a wheelchair.

      by TiffanyM11 Online Now Jan 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      I am planning a trip for this Christmas to Death Valley. Our family includes 1 teenage girl, 1 wheelchair bound MIL and 2 trail lovers.
      Seems some things say they are wheelchair accessible: Scott's Castle, Salt you know of any others?

      My goal is (of course) to make everyone happy. I am thinking we'd get a room as nearby as (wheelchair accessibly) possible - hopefully in a cool small town to visit at that. Eat and explore the town, let everyone rest and go someplace or two together, the next day plan a can't miss hike and go back and forth like that.

      We will be driving from Northern California (Richmond) so what is closest on that side? Where can we get the most out of this trip?

      4 Answers Jan 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM
    • Will I have time?

      by sjmbruce Online Now Nov 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      I have four, maybe five hours in death valley. I will be entering through Beatty. I would like to drive to titus canyon, then down to stovepipe wells village and emigrant. I would then like to go to the scenic loop at twenty mule team canyon and maybe down to dante's view. turning around there, I would go to badwater road at furnace creek visitors center. I want to take badwater road to artist's point loop. from there, I'd make my way back to Beatty. Is this doable in four or five hours? Thanks!

      3 Answers Nov 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM
    • train service from los angeles are

      by copilota Online Now Oct 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Is there any public train servicer from the LA area to death valey

      7 Answers Oct 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM
    • economy car in death valley

      by jimmy2013 Online Now Sep 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM


      i wanna go to las vegas through death valley.
      i have just a MAZDA 2, a small economy, actually just for the city.
      would you say that i shouldnt try it with that car? is the probalility higher that the car get overheated? i dont know!

      thx, jimmy

      9 Answers Sep 24, 2013 at 7:10 AM
    • Las Vegas to Yosemite

      by emmajb1 Online Now Aug 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      How long will it take to get from Las Vegas to Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite on 23rd October?

      3 Answers Aug 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM
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      Best photo opportunities?

      by mingomatic Online Now Feb 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Just want to make sure to get some great shots in. Anyone know of where to get the best shots? Also, anyone have any great ideas of interesting ways to shoot in the desert? Open to hearing about props, what to wear, etc.

      12 Answers Feb 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM
    • Place to stay between San Francisco & Death Valley

      by miamum Online Now Feb 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      Hi, we will be driving from San Francisco to Stovepipe Wells Death Valley via either interstate 5 or highway 99 in June & want to stay somewhere for 1 night en route, can anyone recommend any interesting places to stay? We would probably like to get as far as possible to our destination.

      Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you

      4 Answers Feb 5, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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      Yosemite to Death Valley

      by Oneill2905 Online Now Jan 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Hi, me and my husband are travelling for 2 weeks around various places and we are due to drive from Yosemite to Death Valley. We are staying in Death Valley for 1 night at the Furnice Creek Ranch and then onto Las Vegas. I have seen various posts that it will take 7-8 hours to get to Death Valley, does this sound about right? Does anyone have any advice on the best route?

      We are only in death valley for 1 night so we are hoping to have the afternoon to see something, would anyone have any suggestions of the sights we could squeeze in for an afternoo, evening and early morning the following day? We are also travelling in June which looks like a bad time for the heat?

      Thanks in advance


      12 Answers Jan 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM
    • Death Valley or Mojave

      by jwmunos Online Now Dec 24, 2011 at 11:45 AM

      My girl friend and I are taking a 5 day road trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas for NYE. We are planning on spending 2 nights in Death Valley and 1 night in the Mojave (or vice versa). Any suggestions? Where should we spend 2 and 1 nights? Things we should not miss?

      14 Answers Dec 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM
    • Winter route from Las Vegas to Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley

      by patsepul Online Now Nov 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      In late December, I will be renting a car in Las Vegas and driving to Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley. It looks like the most direct route is H-95 North from LV to 374 & 374 West to 190.

      My concern is weather. Are these roads open all winter? Need I worry about 4 wheel drive or chains? Is this the best route in order to avoid those issues, or should I take 373 off of 95 (become 127 in CA) & go down to 190 that way?

      Thanks for any advice.

      3 Answers Nov 23, 2011 at 9:44 PM
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      itinerary help needed

      by gapiffy Online Now Aug 3, 2011 at 12:31 AM

      i am planning a trip for my australian family of six in December-- flying into las vegas -we do want to go to grand canyon,bryce,monument,moab if we can do them . we want to drive through death valley up to yosemite then onto sfo.We have about 8 or 10 nights total from leaving lv to sfo (not sure how to work itinerary) not sure how to get from the canyon areas or monument valley over to death valley. pretty sure we have bitten off more than we can chew !!!
      .I need help -- well with everything! Any suggestions gratefully received !!.

      10 Answers Aug 4, 2011 at 4:54 AM
    • Death Valley to Yosemite in January

      by helenslea Online Now Mar 22, 2011 at 4:49 AM

      We are planning to travel from Las Vegas to Yosemite via Death Valley in early January. My idea is to take 2 days to drive. Would we be better to drive South from Death Valley and then North through Bakersfield or North from DV through Bishop and then accross on Hwy 88?
      If South, where could we stay out of Death Valley but not as far as Bakersfield?
      If North, it looks like Lone Pine is a good option.

      6 Answers Mar 22, 2011 at 5:34 PM
    • Death Valley from Las Vegas in Feburary?

      by Meitantei Online Now Jan 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      Hello travelers! I will be going to Las Vegas with my family for a few days starting next weekend, and I'm looking into the possibility of taking a day trip to Death Valley. We were considering a tour, but we prefer to have our own freedom of where and how long to visit the sights, to top it off, none of the tours we wanted to join were available on our desired travel dates. We will be renting a regular 4-door car, not an SUV and not a 4x4.

      The plan so far is to leave at around 5am in the morning, take the CA178 and onto Bad Water Road to sightsee on the way (Badwater, Devil's golf course, Artist's palette). Hopefully we'll reach Furnace Creek at around noon, where we'll be eating and checking out the visitor's centre. In the afternoon we'll make a quick drive to Devil's cornfield (and see the sand dunes), and go back to Dante's View, and take the 190 back to Las Vegas.

      Here are some of my concerns with sightseeing and road conditions:

      - I've read on wikitravel that chains may be needed, I've checked the weather conditions, seems like there's no snow for the past few days and no forcasted snow during our visit (next weekend). But I'd just like to ask for those of who's been there, would it be necessary to add the chains?

      - Though the weather seems fine, several roads seem to be closed from the Park's morning report as of Jan 28th:

      Hunter Mountain Road..CLOSED for the winter due to snow.
      Keane Wonder Road ....CLOSED; road and mining area closed to entry due to mine-safety hazards.
      Saline Valley (South Pass)..Signed CLOSED by Inyo County; 4x4 recommended; expect winter conditions, carry chains.
      Saline Valley (North Pass)..CLOSED for the winter due to snow.
      Titus Canyon Road .......Open, use caution
      Upper Wildrose Road....Open with snow 1/4 mile before kilns; road closed beyond kilns.
      Saratoga Springs ..........Road CLOSED due to mud.

      Would these roads affect my plan mentioned above?

      - On the general road conditions during winter, is there anything else that I should be noting down? Is my plan doable on a regular car?

      Lastly, are the sights manageable with the time I've allocated to it? Are there any changes to my sights that you would suggest?

      3 Answers Jan 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    • what to do for 1-2 days

      by chrisroo Online Now Jan 12, 2011 at 5:08 PM

      My husband and daughter and I are considering travelling from Los Angeles for a viasit to Death Valley. We would probably leave in the morning from LA and stay over one night or maybe two. What would you suggest we do or must see's? Would it be advisable to stay 2 nights coming from LA and if so where would you suggest we stay? Also, is it necessary to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle? Thanks.

      9 Answers Jan 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM