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Old 01-04-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Richmond, KY (near Lexington)
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Ok, I'm planning a trip the last week of May. I do not have a lot of time or money I will have 9 days to get there and be back home. I'm wanting to see the Grand Canyon, Vegas, LA, and maybe some of Colorado if possible. I'm planning on renting a car and wondering if this is thesible in the amount of time alloted? I'm thinking of one day at Grand Canyon, two days in Vegas, and two in LA. I figure I will have to doing some flying as well. Any suggestions of an actual route?? I live in Kentucky.

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Thumb of Michigan
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You could possibly fly out to Las Vegas where the airline tickets are normally cheaper and use Las Vegas as a "focal point" to do other sightseeing with a rental car, of course! Las Vegas to the (North Rim is closed during winter..) South Rim is around 4 hours, i beleive. There are many ways to get to the South Rim but have to consider it's the winter months and it's mostly 'high desert' through the northern part of Arizona. L.A. is around 5-6 hours(if memory serves..); I-15 will take you right into L.A. (nice ride too..)

I think that would do you justice to just fly to Vegas and work your plans from there.

Nine days is plenty.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Independence, Mo
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Ok, I'm planning a trip the last week of May. I do not have a lot of time or money I will have 9 days to get there and be back home. I'm wanting to see the Grand Canyon, Vegas, LA, and maybe some of Colorado if possible. I'm planning on renting a car and wondering if this is thesible in the amount of time alloted? I'm thinking of one day at Grand Canyon, two days in Vegas, and two in LA. I figure I will have to doing some flying as well. Any suggestions of an actual route?? I live in Kentucky.
May I suggest seeing phoenix also? Having been a Louisville ky native and of the same birth year, I found the city interesting. The 20 foot tall cactus on the west side of phoenix are kind of mind blowing.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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Ok, I'm planning a trip the last week of May. I do not have a lot of time or money I will have 9 days to get there and be back home. I'm wanting to see the Grand Canyon, Vegas, LA, and maybe some of Colorado if possible. I'm planning on renting a car and wondering if this is thesible in the amount of time alloted? I'm thinking of one day at Grand Canyon, two days in Vegas, and two in LA. I figure I will have to doing some flying as well. Any suggestions of an actual route?? I live in Kentucky.
In 9 days, my suggestion would be to pick one or two spots to focus on and actually enjoy your time. I would fly to Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon and back. Or you can drive to Denver or wherever you want to go in CO and fly out of there.

Many people from other countries have told me that American tourists tend to try to fit way too much in to a vacation. You end up being stressed and not enjoying what you are seeing and experiencing because you are worried about having to get to the next place. I have done cross country road trips a couple of times, and the best thing about them for me is not having a schedule and being able to go wherever the road takes you.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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In 9 days, my suggestion would be to pick one or two spots to focus on and actually enjoy your time. I would fly to Vegas and then drive to the Grand Canyon and back. Or you can drive to Denver or wherever you want to go in CO and fly out of there.

Many people from other countries have told me that American tourists tend to try to fit way too much in to a vacation. You end up being stressed and not enjoying what you are seeing and experiencing because you are worried about having to get to the next place. I have done cross country road trips a couple of times, and the best thing about them for me is not having a schedule and being able to go wherever the road takes you.
EXCELLENT advice, Bklynchapin! IMHO, concentrating on a smaller area for a vacation lets you get a real feel for the place and is a WHOLE lot less stressful. I'd also recommend flying in to Vegas and using it as a base. Kygirl79, you might also conider making reservations NOW to spend a night at a motel near the Grand Canyon's South Rim. You could drive over from Vegas, spend the rest of the day seeing the canyon. Just staying on top offers alot to see and do. When we visited, wee got up before dawn and went down to Mather point and watched the sun rise; AWESOME!

You can also see the Hoover Dam and take the dam tour! Ther's SO much to do in that area!
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Many people from other countries have told me that American tourists tend to try to fit way too much in to a vacation. You end up being stressed and not enjoying what you are seeing and experiencing because you are worried about having to get to the next place.
That is because, unlike most Europeans who get six plus weeks of mandatory vacation (often taken in blocks of 4-6 weeks), most Americans are lucky if the get one or two weeks vacation in a year. If Americans appear to feel or look rushed on vacation compared to Europeans, I think this is a big reason. I would love it if American companies would adopt the liberal vacation policies that prevail throughout most of western Europe and Scandanavia. But I just don't see that happening.
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