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    Hi all

    Myself and a few friends are planning a 6 or 7 day roadtrip at the end of May, starting and ending in LA, with Vegas and Grand Canyon as the only definite destinations so far.
    I'm hoping to leave accomodation decisions to a night by night basis. Is it realistic to think that the movie stereotype roadside motels are not too hard to come across, and what would I expect to pay for a room?

    Considering the driving times does anyone have any suggested routes (incorporating at least a bit of Route 66) where other interesting things might not take too much extra distance to get to, given that I think it's a already a fair bit of driving for 7 days since we don't want to be in the car every day, or towns/lakes/rivers etc along the way where it might be nice to spend a night to break up the driving?

    Thanks very much for any info


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    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Six or seven days is time enough to get a good taste of the southwest between Los Angeles and the Grand Canyon. You should have a read through these discussions to get an idea of the sights available within the general area you'll be exploring. You should also be fine just winging it for accommodations. May is a bit before the height of tourist season and so you should be able to find vacancies somewhere close to wherever you decide to stop for the night. The one thing you should plan for though, is if you want a particular spot. If you do, chances are other people will as well, and so reservations might be in order. For example, if you want to camp in the national park near the rim of the Grand Canyon, or in the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, then you might want to at least make sure that they have openings for the night(s) you'll be in the area. The problem with "movie stereotype roadside motels" is that, while they exist, they are rapidly being replaced by the cookie-cutter chain motels at exit ramps. So if you want to stay at one of the older mom-and-pop types, you'll have to do your homework beforehand. One good source of such units is AAA - if one of you is a member, get the Tour Books for California, Nevada and Arizona and read through in detail. One place you are in luck is that one of the longest segments of the old Route 66 is on your way.


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