2007 California Trip

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2007 California Trip



Day Date Hotel Base Activity Notes
Monday 30/04 San Remo Hotel - booking ref 152402 Confirmed San Francisco Land / pick up car / go to hotel Land at 13:40. Use "shuttle" to get to hotel - ~ $14 door to door
Tuesday 01/05 San Remo Hotel San Francisco Visit SF
Wedsnesday 02/05 San Remo Hotel San Francisco Alcatraz
Thursday 03/05 San Remo Hotel San Francisco  ??
Friday 04/05 Stateline Lodge - booking ref 46211537W Confirmed Lake Tahoe Pickup car / Drive to Lake Tahoe 189 miles
Saturday 05/05 Stateline Lodge Lake Tahoe Visit Lake Tahoe
Sunday 06/05 Wawona Hotel - booking ref #75A4WI Yosemite Drive to Yosemite 187 miles Stop off at Mariposa ghost towns
Monday 07/05 Wawona Hotel Yosemite
Tuesday 08/05 Wawona Hotel Yosemite
Wedsnesday 09/05 Wawona Hotel Yosemite
Thursday 10/05 Wawona Hotel Yosemite
Friday 11/05 Winnedumah Hotel - room 30 Independence Drive to Independence 196 miles Visit Mono Lake & Mt Whitney
Saturday 12/05 Furnace Creek Ranch - booking ref NN6H7 Death Valley Drive to Death Valley 91 miles
Sunday 13/05 Furnace Creek Ranch Death Valley Visit Death Valley
Monday 14/05 Furnace Creek Ranch Death Valley Visit Death Valley
Tuesday 15/05 Furnace Creek Ranch Death Valley Visit Death Valley
Wednesday 16/05 Paris Las Vegas - booking ref 2FXH4 Las Vegas Drive to Las Vegas 174 miles
Thursday 17/05 Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas Visit Hoover Dam
Friday 18/05 Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas Visit Other Vegas Vageries
Satuday 19/05 Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon - booking ref 64347678 Grand Canyon Drive to Grand Canyon 276 miles
Sunday 20/05 Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Visit Grand Canyon
Monday 21/05 Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Visit Grand Canyon
Tuesday 22/05 N/A N/A Drive to Phoenix Airport and go home 227 miles Flight @ 20:55

Average May Temperatures

Location Average High Average Low Average Precipitation
San Francisco 18 11 13.7mm
Lake Tahoe 16 0 0mm
Yosemite (El Portal) 24 7 25.4mm
Lone Pine 29 9 4.8mm
Death Valley 37 22 2.5mm
Las Vegas 31 17 6.1mm
Grand Canyon 21 2 16.0mm

Leg 1 - San Francisco


Things to do

  • Local Guide
  • Haight Ashbury
  • Palace of Fine Arts (building)
  • Alcatraz Island (prison)
  • Angel Island (park)
  • Twin Peaks (view)
  • Mission District ("eclectic neighbourhood")
  • Golden Gate Park (rent a bike - 2x4 miles - also M.H. de Young Museum) - over the bridge - visit Sausalito
  • Fisherman's Wharf ("tourist trap") / Pier 42
  • Chinatown
  • Segway tour?
  • Drive South to Carmel maybe on day we go to Yosemite (good view)
  • Castro district
  • Wine coach tour
  • Gilroy ("garlic capital") - o/w "bleeding heart" restaurant
  • cable car over the hills
  • Lombard St - very wiggly
  • Walking Tours
  • http://www.dreamworld.org/sfguide/visiting/index.html

Leg 2 - Lake Tahoe


Leg 3 - Yosemite National Park

Leg 4 - Lone Pine

  • emailed: Dow Villa Motel & Winnedumah

Leg 5 - Death Valley

Leg 6 - Los Angeles

  • Visit Hoover Dam

Leg 7 - Grand Canyon

  • The Skywalk (Opening March 2007) View the canyon like never before on this glass-bottomed walkway 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
  • Star gazing. On your own (fantastic for meteor showers), or with the Grand Canyon Star Party every June at Yavapai Point.
  • A popular destination in the canyon lies southwest of the park on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Havasupai can be loosely translated as "People of the Blue-Green Water". Entry into this remote portion of the canyon requires a $30 per person entry fee (plus an additional $12 per person/night to stay in the campground). Those venturing into Havasu Canyon are greeted by spectacular world class waterfalls. Although the Havasupai Reservation is somewhat impacted (trashy), the incredible canyon below the Supai Village is worth the visit. Access to Havasu Canyon is from Hualapai Hilltop north of Peach Springs, Arizona. It is an eight mile hike or horse back ride to Supai Village. Helicopter transportation to and from the village is available on a first come basis four days a week. An extremely rustic lodge is the only public accommodation available in Supai. A large mile long campground is located two miles down canyon between Havasu and Mooney Falls. This campground can be extremely crowded in the summer months; advance reservations are strongly recommended.


  • See San Francisco - Haight Ashbury and house where Janis Joplin lived
  • Drive around California
  • See Yosemite National Park

Other details

  • Can go any time after 1st May.


Carrier Date Time Arrive Class From To Notes
BA0285 30th April 10:50 13:40 World Traveller Plus Heathrow San Francisco Direct
BA0288 22nd May 20:55 14:40 World Traveller Plus Phoenix London Direct
  • Sovereign @ 0207 987 2007, refs: 198883 and 198885


Agency Pickup Time Pickup Location Drop off Time Drop off Location Car Type Rental Cost Approx fuel Est. Cost
Budget 10:00 HYATT REGENCY EMBARCADERO, 5 EMBARCADERO 20:00 Phoenix Airport Ford Escape AWD or similar $1417.92 $250 £850.98
  • Fuel is assuming 2000 miles travelled @ $2.50 per gallon = 4500 $mpg
  • Currency calculations - $1.96 = £1.00

2007 California Trip Budget


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