We are flying into LA at 4.30pm local time, are not keen to stay in LA. We are heading to Grand Canyon next and wanted to drive an hour/2 out of LA and stop there to avoid LA and save time the next morning getting to our next stop.
Any suggestions of a stopover? Looking at 1-2hrs drive from LAX airport tops.
Head straight east to Palm Springs/Palm Desert==it's about 120 miles due east--which is right on the way to the Grand Canyon by car--although I have to warn you that travelling anywhere at 5 PM on a weekday leaving the LA international airport means traffic like you've never seen before in your life.
However, if you are arriving on a Saturday or Sunday--you can breeze right on out of town in no time.
Forgot to mention best route to take to get out of town quickly:
Take Century Boulevard east to I-405 South, then get on Hwy 11 north (San Pedro Freeway) and go about 2 miles to I-91 east (Artesia Freeway). Stay on this for about the next 60 miles until you get to US Hwy 60 east (you'll be in Riverside at this point). Stay on this and it merges into I-10. Shortly after this you'll be in the desert. Just follow the signs at this point and you'll find your way to Palm Springs in no time.
The other option is to follow the directions above until you are on I-91, then get on I-15 and head north--either to Victorville or Barstow. These aren't as nice as Palm Springs--which is destination resort--but you can still head straight out on I-40 (formerly US 66--best known as route 66) once you get to Barstow and go straight to the Grand Canyon--and the prices should be slightly less to spend the night in either of those two towns.
P.S. Should mention that all 3 of these towns are in the desert--so if you are planning to do this trip in July or August, you will probably want to get up early the next morning to continue your trip before the weather is over the 100 degree Fareinheit mark.
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Mar-2013, at 17:18 by Calcruzer ]