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    Re: Family holiday to the states

    All the biggest Sequoia groves are south of Yosemite, so basically pick any one (or more) along the way:

    https://www.google.com/maps/search/s...8.9329999,9.5z

    The biggest are in the General Sherman grove, iirc. Wikipedia will know.

    If you're in the area and you also like OLD trees, you can visit the Methuselah Grove where several of the oldest known organisms still live (bristlecone pines). It's a bit east of Bishop.

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    Does this look like a good route to Las Vegas?

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    Does this look like a good route to Las Vegas?

    Route San Francisco to Las Vegas.
    Looks pretty good to me as you'll be hitting some nice park areas along the the way.
    To give an idea of how large some of those trees are in Sequoia Nat'l Park, look at the tree in the attached picture. Can you find Lisa? Lol!
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    Helicopter ride out of Vegas to the Grand Canyon is the best, but very pricey but well worth it in my opinion. Depending on which tour package you purchase, it can even include the Skywalk, or have a champagne lunch at the bottom of the canyon or even take a short boat ride up and down the river. Jules (Aussijules) did it when he took his honeymoon out in Vegas. Or you can drive out to the Skywalk and even take a short hop down to the bottom on the helicopter. It's about a 2.5 hour driver from Vegas or a 45 minute helicopter ride each way. I'll let you ride my Multi if you come to Reno

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    Stop for a few minutes at Father Crowley overlook off 190 in Death Valley (it will be on your left) and also if time allows go through Artists Drive and Dantes View. If time is short just do Artist Drive, it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motogiro View Post
    Looks pretty good to me as you'll be hitting some nice park areas along the the way.
    To give an idea of how large some of those trees are in Sequoia Nat'l Park, look at the tree in the attached picture. Can you find Lisa? Lol!
    Thanks for the info, we would love to see the big trees, unfortunately some of the routes are shut off for winter but I believe the route we will be taking takes us past some of the biggest trees


    Quote Originally Posted by VEGASRIDER View Post
    Helicopter ride out of Vegas to the Grand Canyon is the best, but very pricey but well worth it in my opinion. Depending on which tour package you purchase, it can even include the Skywalk, or have a champagne lunch at the bottom of the canyon or even take a short boat ride up and down the river. Jules (Aussijules) did it when he took his honeymoon out in Vegas. Or you can drive out to the Skywalk and even take a short hop down to the bottom on the helicopter. It's about a 2.5 hour driver from Vegas or a 45 minute helicopter ride each way. I'll let you ride my Multi if you come to Reno

    https://www.sundancehelicopters.com/...xoCX6MQAvD_BwE
    Thanks for the tips, it looks like we will be staying in Vegas for 3 nights, but will be using it as a base for the skywalk aswell. The helicopter ride looks amazing, but we will be with 4 of us and it would really put up our budget for the holiday, although we are thinking about doing one of the cheaper flights from the grand canyon viewing area's, but I still have to look into this.

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    Thanks for the offer it almost makes it worth it, but unfortunately I would need another week if I did


    Quote Originally Posted by Red Wazp View Post
    Stop for a few minutes at Father Crowley overlook off 190 in Death Valley (it will be on your left) and also if time allows go through Artists Drive and Dantes View. If time is short just do Artist Drive, it's worth it.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Arti...06a5!3e0?hl=en
    I must admit I wasn't really fussed about death valley but the girls seemed to think it was worth it (mainly with it being well known), but looking at the pics this looks great. thanks for the info.
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    Re: Family holiday to the states

    Death Valley is worth the time to go through the park. I was just there a week ago and last fall with dirt bikes for the back country. One of my favorite places on the planet -just not in the summer when it is as hot as your oven. I forgot to mention a real quick place to visit is Mosaic Canyon next to Stovepipe Wells. It would take less than an hour to walk (a very short walk) into the Canyon and back in the car. Look at pictures on the net, very cool place that you would all enjoy. That and Artist Drive are easy to see, skip Dante's view unless you have and extra hour and a half.

    One thing to remember, the distances in the western US are much farther than they appear on a map so allow extra travel times than what google maps says.


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    Keys Point/View is a great experience even after dark. You get there through Joshua Tree Monument Park @Jblk9695 (Jerry) and I did a ride to the park a few years ago.

    https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/keysview.htm
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    Where are you staying in Vegas and when exactly are you going to be there? March is a very busy month for that city. That city has change sooooo much in just 4-5 years and not all for the better. Most of the major strip resorts charge for parking, use to be free. A city where you could find bargains, now it's getting very expensive to visit. That's why I love living in Reno. Thought I would miss Vegas but I don't.

    The light show that was mentioned is called the Freemont Experience, it's located downtown. It's free and runs every hour. Each hour is different so stick around to view at least 2. Lot of things to do that are still free. Such as viewing the Bellagio Fountains, best to view at night. Make sure you go inside the Bellagio too and view the conservatory, hopefully it's decked up with the local season and not in between. If you have never been to Venice, go inside the Venetian and see the canals. The most popular Harley Davidson Dealership is also on the strip, just south of the Mandala Bay, pretty much right across the street from the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas Sign" and Vegas is very teenager friendly, they will not be bored. Warning, the resorts are enormous in size, looking at them from a distance appears to be close by, but they are not. Make sure you some you have good walking shoes on for the strip.
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    Where are you staying in Vegas and when exactly are you going to be there? March is a very busy month for that city.
    We'll be arriving Thu 26 April, and staying for 3 nights, will be staying 200 meters from the strip.

    Quote Originally Posted by VEGASRIDER View Post
    That city has change sooooo much in just 4-5 years and not all for the better. Most of the major strip resorts charge for parking, use to be free. A city where you could find bargains, now it's getting very expensive to visit. That's why I love living in Reno. Thought I would miss Vegas but I don't.

    The light show that was mentioned is called the Freemont Experience, it's located downtown. It's free and runs every hour. Each hour is different so stick around to view at least 2. Lot of things to do that are still free. Such as viewing the Bellagio Fountains, best to view at night. Make sure you go inside the Bellagio too and view the conservatory, hopefully it's decked up with the local season and not in between. If you have never been to Venice, go inside the Venetian and see the canals. The most popular Harley Davidson Dealership is also on the strip, just south of the Mandala Bay, pretty much right across the street from the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas Sign" and Vegas is very teenager friendly, they will not be bored. Warning, the resorts are enormous in size, looking at them from a distance appears to be close by, but they are not. Make sure you some you have good walking shoes on for the strip.
    Great info thanks, we will definately be watching the freemond Experience, and visiting a few of the larger casinos. A pic by the sign is a must as well
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