Some friends and I are going to be in California/Arizona/Nevada for 10 days in May. We're flying into LA and home from Vegas and planning a road trip via the Grand Canyon in between. We'll proabably spend the first night in LA just to rest up, maybe a night or 2 around the Grand Canyon and the last 3 or 4 nights in Vegas.
So with about 4 or 5 days/nights to kill between LA and the Grand Canyon, I was just wondering if anyone would have any ideas of places to go, things to see, places to stay along the way, etc.
Thanks a lot,
Just thought I'd update this a bit. Below is a rough schedule:
Day 1 - Arrive in LA, stay overnight
2 - LA to Joshua Tree National Park
3 - Joshua Tree Park to Lake Havasu City
4 - Lake Havasu to Laughlin/Bullhead City
5 - Laughlin/Bullhead to Flagstaff, Arizona (taking in part of Route 66)
6 - Flagstaff to Grand Canyon
7 - Grand Canyon
8 - Grand Canyon to Vegas
9 - Vegas
10 - Vegas
11 - Leaving Las Vegas!
Just wondering if there's anything worthwhile to be seen and done in Lake Havasu City, Laughlin/Bullhead or Flagstaff. Or if there's anywhere on that route that's not to be missed.
If you take niello's road trip route, you need to realize that some of these locations have no large cities--so you need to stay in places close by (relatively).
With this in mind,
Day 2 = Leave LA and go visit Joshua Tree National Park, then come back to Palm Springs/Palm Desert area for the evening (and go up the tram to the top of the mountains for a great view)--or just hang out by any of the pools at the hundreds of motels/hotels in the area. If you don't want to backtrack, stay in Twenty-Nine Palms (but realize this is a much less tourist-friendly area--while Palm Springs/Palm Desert is a gigantic tourist area that is quite upscale.
Day 3- Stay in Parker, Arizona and visit Lake Havasu
Day 4 - Stay in Laughlin, obviously
Day 5 - Stay in Flagstaff, obviously
Day 6 - I suggest you consider the following--get up early to visit the Grand Canyon, then drive north and stay in Page, Arizona or stay at Wahweap Lodge on the shore of Lake Powell just outside of Page. Page is about 3 hours stay north of the south edge of the Grand Canyon. Be sure to book your hotel ahead of time, since there is no other city within three hours drive of Page.
Here's a weblink to show you the view from Wahweap Lodge:
Also, in the area near Page are the "slot canyons". Here's a weblink showing you a picture of these.
To get to them, you need to go a few miles southeast of Page into Navahoe Indian land. Once there, they will let you rent a jeep (they will drive it) for an hour or so to get down to the sandy base of the canyons.
Day 7- Drive to Las Vegas. Go via Zion National Park if you have the time. Alternatively, take the morning to get the boat that goes out to the Rainbow Bridge arch, then come back and go a short ways north first and visit Bryce Canyon National Park. Spend the night there at Ruby's Hotel or drive back to St. George, Utah and then go into Las Vegas the next day.
Here's a pic of the Rainbow Bridge Arch:
Here is a link to an amazing Bryce canyon pic:
Here's the link to Ruby's: www.rubysinn.com
Here's a link to a Zion pic:
Then spend the rest of the trip in Las Vegas.
Of course, this all depend on how much you want to gamble and to hang out at the pools or go to a fancy restaurant or show. Vegas has all of this in extreme. (Think London or Dublin on steroids). London and Dublin have the atmosphere, but Vegas has the glitz. (Personally I prefer London, but Vegas has a lot to see--and you may want to spend more time there);--especially if you are a first-time visitor who likes to go to clubbing.
If it were me, I'd skip Laughlin (which has very little to see)--and use this extra day to go to see the Bryce Canyon and the Rainbow Bridge (on Lake Powell). This would allow the same amount of time in Las Vegas as originally planned.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions. We'll take it all into account.