2 Weeks in Europe: Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Munich

Flight: Los Angeles, LAX –> Paris, CDG –> Los Angeles, LAX
Trip to EuropeDuration: 16 days 
Mileage
: 2000 by trains
Starting point: Paris, France
Countries: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria
Budget for 2 people: $5640 (1900 flight,  $1370 hotels, $970 transport, $1300 food, $100 other)

  • Day 0: flight from Los Angeles to Paris
  • Days 1-2: explore Paris, train to Brussels
  • Day 3: explore Brussels
  • Day 4: daily trip to Brugge
  • Days 5-6: morning train to Amsterdam, explore Amsterdam

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4 Days in Vancouver and Whistler

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge ParkDuration: 4 days
Mileage: na
Starting point: Los Angeles, CA
Countries: Canada
Budget for 2 people: ~$1500 ($500 flight, $200 hotels, $90* snowboard rental, $180 airport transfers, $300 food, $200 other)

  • Day 0: flight from Los Angeles to Vancouver (2.5 h), dinner with friends
  • Day 1: Stanley Park, then Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Day 2 : explore downtown, Gastown, Granville island, Charleston Park and Olympic Village areas
  • Day 3: snowboarding in Whistler
  • Day 4: explore another part of Stanley Park, flight to Los Angeles

* We have Local Epic passes that include 5 days of snowboarding in Whistler

Vacation in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Cabarete, Dominican RepublicDuration: 10 days
Mileage: ~400
Starting point: Los Angeles, CA
Countries: Dominican Republic
Budget for 2 people: $3220 ($1150 flight, $450 hotels, $220 car, $100 gas, $300 food, $700 kitesurfing, $100 surfing, $200 other)

  • Day 1: flight from Los Angeles to Santo Domingo via Mexico City
  • Day 2: drive from Santo Domingo International Airport to Cabarete (150 mi, 4 h)
  • Days 3 – 9: enjoy beaches, kitesurfing, surfing, caves, food and drinks!
  • Day 9: drive from Cabarete to Santo Domingo International Airport (150 mi, 4 h)
  • Day 10: flight from Santo Domingo to Los Angeles via Mexico City

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4 Days in Northern California: Pacific Coast Highway, Redwoods, Lassen Volcanic, Sacramento

Fern Canyon, CaliforniaDuration: 4.5 days
Mileage: ~2000
Starting point: Irvine, CA
States: CA
Budget for 2 people: $450 ($65 for 2 nights in camps, $45* for 2 nights in hotels, $200 gas, $120 food, $20 other)

  • Day 0: drive to San Francisco after work
  • Day 1: drive to Redwoods National Park along Pacific Coast, explore Glass Beach and Avenue of the Giants (420 mi, 10 h overall)
  • Day 2: explore Fern Canyon, Big Tree of Elk Creek Prairie SP, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Crescent Beach, Enderts Beach, Howland Hill Road; drive to Lassen Volcanic National Park (400 mi, 9 h overall)
  • Day 3: hike to Cinder Cone; drive to Sacramento (300 mi, 6 h overall)
  • Day 4: explore Sacramento; “17 mile drive”; drive home (600 mi, 10 h)

* We used our Wyndham rewards to book hotels, one night price was $15, second $30

9 States and 6 National Parks in 10 Days: Yellowstone, Glacier, Badlands and Much More

Flight: Orange County, SNA –> Salt Lake City; Denver, DEN –> Orange County, SNA
SLC to DenverDuration
: 10 days
Mileage: ~3200
Starting point: Salt Lake City, UT
States: UT, ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE, KS, CO
Budget for 2 people: $1953 ($22.5* flight,  $500 car rental, $700 hotels, $300 gas, $330 food, $100 other)
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  • Day 0: flight from Orange County, SNA to Salt Lake City, SLC; night walk in the downtown
  • Day 1: explore Salt Lake City, UT; drive to Jackson, WY via Idaho Falls, ID (300 mi, 5 h)
  • Day 2: explore Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park; stay in Jackson, WY
  • Day 3: continue exploring Yellowstone; drive to Hungry Horse, MT (550 mi, 10 h)

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3 Days Trip to Albuquerque and Sedona

Duration: 3 days Albuquerque Old Town
Mileage: ~1600
Starting point: Irvine, CA
States: AZ, NM
Budget for 6 people: $834 ($184 hotel, $250 gas, $350 food, $50 other)

  • Day 0: drive from Irvine, CA to Phoenix, AZ (360 mi, 6 h)
  • Day 1: drive from Phoenix, AZ to Albuquerque, NM (430 mi, 7 h)
  • Day 2: explore Albuquerque, NM; drive to Sedona, AZ (360 mi, 6 h)
  • Day 3: explore Sedona, AZ; drive home to Irvine, CA (470 mi, 7.5 h)

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New York, Boston, Washington DC and Philadelphia in 14 Days

Flight: Orange County, SNA –> New York, EWR –> Orange County, SNA
Duration: 14 days
Mileage: 0, used buses and public transportation MIT
Starting point: Irvine, CA
States: NY, NJ, PA, MA, Washington DC
Budget for 2 people: $3000 ($1316 flight, $176 buses; $275 hotel, $1000 food, $230 other)

  • Days 0-4, 7, 11-14: New York
  • Days 5-6: Boston
  • Days 8-9: Philadelphia
  • Day 10: Washington DC

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3 Days in Yosemite, CA

Yosemite Nevada FallDuration: 3 days
Mileage: ~800
Starting point: Irvine, CA
States: CA
Budget for 6 people: $2100 ($1300 chalet rental, $250 gas, $400 food, $150 other)

  • Day 0: drive from Irvine, CA to Yosemite, CA (350 mi, 7 h)
  • Day 1: explore Yosemite Valley, Lower Yosemite Fall, Mirror Lake
  • Day 2: do all day Panorama Trail hike
  • Day 3: visit Mariposa grove with giant sequoia trees; drive home (350 mi, 7 h)

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2 Days in Death Valley, CA

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley, CaliforniaDuration: 2.5 days
Mileage: ~1000
Starting point: Irvine, CA
States: CA
Budget for 2 people: $440 ($160 hotel, $130 gas, $100 food, $50 other)

  • Day 0: drive from Irvine, CA to Lone Pine, CA (250 mi, 4 h)
  • Day 1: Stovepipe Wells Area: Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (80 mi, 1.5 h); Scotty’s Castle Area: Scotty’s Castle (40 mi, 1 h),  Ubehebe Crater (9 mi, 25 min); back to Lone Pine, CA (130 mi, 2.5 h)
  • Day 2: Furnace Creek Area: Salt Flats (115 mi, 2.2 h), Artist’s Drive (10 mi, 30 min), Zabriskie Point (12 mi, 20 min), Dante’s View  (20 mi, 40 min); drive back to Irvine, CA (290 mi, 5 h)

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