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Old 10-17-2010, 02:01 PM   #16
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is there much difference in weather/busy-ness/prices between end of may- june, and end of september- october? If you could pick which of these times of years would you do a big west coast trip? T.I.A.
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Well, you're travelling though a lot of different climate zones, so it's a bit hard to generalize. But I'll do it anyway

I'd choose Sept/Oct. It will be a bit cooler in Las Vegas, which should help you from completely melting. But the big factor is the coastal weather. Statistically, Sept/Oct are our warmest months. The summer fog is finally gone, and we start experiencing our "real" summer. You see, in the summertime, the huge central valley in California heats up to the 100's. The warm air there rises and is replaced with air that's sucked in off the coast. As a result, we on the coast get on-shore flow, which yields a lot of fog. It's not uncommon to have temperatures in the 60's in July. By the fall, this whole pattern breaks, and we'll get a lot more wind from the warm valley (off-shore flow). That's our real summer - Sept and Oct. They're the best months to visit the coast (by that I mean, the areas within 10 miles of the coast).


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Will i be able to get to the outlet malls without a car does anyone know? Are they far in a taxi? Gotta get my shopping in! Thanks
There are a couple of factory outlet malls, plus some other high-end malls, right on the Vegas strip. If you stay on the strip, some should be walking distance, others you'll need a taxi of bus. But as long as you stay on the strip, you should do just fine without a car.

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Old 10-17-2010, 06:10 PM   #17
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I've not really heard of Monterey/ Carmel so off to read up about whats there now!
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Will i be able to get to the outlet malls without a car does anyone know? Are they far in a taxi? Gotta get my shopping in! Thanks
While not similar to an outlet mall, Carmel is a shoppers mecca, just browsing will give you your shopping fix, and they do have an outlet Coach store.
I second the Nepenthe recommendation, there is both a cafe and a restaurant, BTW and the first level has a cool gift shop, not to be missed.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:21 AM   #18
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Well, you're travelling though a lot of different climate zones, so it's a bit hard to generalize. But I'll do it anyway

I'd choose Sept/Oct. It will be a bit cooler in Las Vegas, which should help you from completely melting. But the big factor is the coastal weather. Statistically, Sept/Oct are our warmest months.

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Thanks all, great help again, think i'm going to go for mid-end of september, just got to patiently wait another week or 2 before the international flights are released (11 months prior) and then i can really get planning!!
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great thread
thinking of doing a trip like this ourselves
so thanks everyone for all the great info
but we are planning on going to see the grand canyon area too
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[QUOTE=Another thought; is there much difference in weather/busy-ness/prices between end of may- june, and end of september- october? If you could pick which of these times of years would you do a big west coast trip? T.I.A. REALLY appreciate all the help [/QUOTE]

I don't have experience with Sept/Oct, but we went to Anaheim/Vegas last year at the end of May/Beginning of June, and we loved it! The hours at the parks were longer than they are in the off season, and I didn't think it was crowded except for the parades and fireworks, the usual. The weather wasn't as warm as it would be in Sept, I would think, but I think that either one would be great!! No matter when you end up going, you will have a great time!!
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