I'm travelling around SW USA end of March, I am doing LA - Las Vegas - G Canyon - Monument V circle, could you please advise me if I need to book motels/hostels (for 2) in advance? Any place you'd recommend? I'd prefer to be flexible with my itinerary but I do not want to end up sleeping in a car
You will have no problem whatsoever that time of year, and it's a very good time to go. You could still hit a little winter weather in N. Arizona/New Mexico in March, but that only makes it more fun. Should you decide on Yosemite or Sequoia parks, they usually have snow through April (and often May/June depending on elevation). Vegas had snow this week (very unusual). We now have 6" of snow on the ground in Portland, Oregon.
Since you are travelling in March, I would not book anything in advance. Las Vegas has over 140,000 hotel rooms, plus motels. You will find something in your price range, but you should try to hit Vegas Monday- Friday. Weekend rates are usually more expensive and the rooms do fill up quicker than mid-week. The rest of your cities should be no problem. March is not peak travel here in the US. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon will be closed due to snow. You might have snow on the ground at the South Rim. You may want to stay in Williams and take the train to the GC. Monument Valley will be a bit chilly as well. This is why it is not busy in March.
The only place you may want to pre book is your LA arrival date. I would find a room on the Internet and book something for that day. Good luck to you and send me a PM if you have any questions.
You may want to stay in Williams and take the train to the GC.
I recently stayed in Williams to go up to the Grand Canyon, though I drove up from Williams rather than taking the train. It is a good option, as it is pretty close to the South Rim and there is a good selection of hotels. I got a pretty good deal on Priceline (or maybe Hotwire, one of the two), thought I will admit that the Howard Johnsons I was staying in was a little drab.
many thanks for your advice!!