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  1. Default LA - Grand Canyon

    Hello all,

    I have a roadtrip planned for the end of Sept to mid Oct on the West Coast. I everything planned pretty much but am a little uncertain with my journey between LA - Grand Canyon. I have planned 2 days journey to get there and just wanted some advice as to the most scenic route within that time frame.

    I have of course researched this forum and viewed a number of threads recommened to other people taking on a west coast trip but was unabel to find anything specific to the above journey.

    I like my comforts but at the same time would rather be in touch with nature than be surrounded by a plastic destination (other than LV). Good food is a plus too!

    I hope that's enough information but if not (or not relevant enough) please let me know.

    Thanks very much in advance

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    Default Is the over-night in Las Vegas?

    Quote Originally Posted by pachamama View Post
    I have a roadtrip planned for the end of Sept to mid Oct on the West Coast. I everything planned pretty much but am a little uncertain with my journey between LA - Grand Canyon. I have planned 2 days journey to get there and just wanted some advice as to the most scenic route within that time frame.
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! It really depends upon where in LA you are starting from and whether or not the overnight is planned for Las Vegas. Obviously one can reach the Grand Canyon without traveling to Las Vegas.
    I have of course researched this forum and viewed a number of threads recommened to other people taking on a west coast trip but was unabel to find anything specific to the above journey.
    There are a bunch of threads, but our search engine takes a little work to use. Oatman and old route 66 is a fun way to reach the Grand and then you can return by using I-40 and I-10.

    Mark

  3. Default There are a couple of different routes...

    I did this route from the LA area to Grand Canyon a couple of years ago. You can do it in a day -- we drove to Williams Arizona and stayed there, since the hotels were much less expensive than at the Grand Canyon itself (Williams is about an hour south of the Grand Canyon).

    The easiest route, and arguably the most scenic is the fastest and most direct route -- LA to the I-15 north to the I-40 west at Barstow, and staight through to Williams. From Williams you head north on SR-64 (State Route). It's very well marked.

    Scenic stops along this way, are primarily in the Mojave. There's the Jericho old ghost town near Barstow (now somewhat restored, and set up for visitors). My favorite is to take old Route 66 out of Ludlow and follow the "national trails highway" (Route 66), through Bagdad, and Amboy to Needles. There's a very recent volcanic crater at Amboy you can stop at, and the desert route through the area is very scenic -- and there aren't many cars on the road. (It's not deserted, but there aren't services between Ludlow and Needles either...) If you're interested there's an Obsidan field near Ludlow you can find obsidian at from one of the many volcanic erruptions in the area, and even look for trilobyte fossils near Cadiz, if you're so inclined. This route is almost as fast as the I-40 direct route, but not quite...

    If you stay on I-40, you'll be going along the southern edge of the Mojave National Preserve. Depending upon time and your interests, there are the big Kelso sand dunes, Mitchell Caverns, Hole-in-the-Wall, or the old Railway Depot at Cima. Just a note here, that nothing is close to the freeway in the desert --

    Depending upon time and preference, there's a side trip up to Laughlin, with its rapidly growing casino/ hotels along the Colorado River.

    From the Colorado River, you can continue east to Kingman Arizona, and either continue on I-40 (the fast route) or follow old Route 66 through Oatman, Peach Springs, and other smaller towns. There's Grand Canyon Caverns along old Route 66, but I've never stopped.

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    Default Jericho?

    Quote Originally Posted by Larrison View Post
    There's the Jericho old ghost town near Barstow (now somewhat restored, and set up for visitors).
    Are you thinking of Calico? Calico was never really a real ghost town, because there were always residents, even after the mines closed, but it is a county park and fun to visit.

    The rest of your suggestions are great!

    Mark

  5. Default Duh... brain fade on my part

    Yep.. Calico. That's what I get for doing things from memory instead of looking them up.

    Years ago the Knott family was involved in 'restoring' Calico I recall (they were the family behind Knotts Berry Farm), but I have to confess I haven't been there in easily a decade. I see the signs though as I drive through Barstow...

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    Default His first job

    Quote Originally Posted by Larrison View Post
    Years ago the Knott family was involved in 'restoring' Calico I recall (they were the family behind Knotts Berry Farm), but I have to confess I haven't been there in easily a decade. I see the signs though as I drive through Barstow...

    Walter Knott, (who eventually created the Knott's Berry Farm entertainment park) was employed early in his career as a painter in Calico and eventually was able to purchase the entire townsite in 1951 and started the restoration that still goes on today.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 09-06-2006 at 05:24 PM. Reason: added the photo & fixed the typo

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