New here, searched the forum but didn't find the answer to my questions so I am posting a new thread for help! I am planning to drive from Portland, Oregon (via SR 395) to Death Valley, on to Antelope Canyon in Arizona, then going back home. Two questions:
1) The in-park places are either all booked or too expensive (I am staying for 2 nights). So I am now down to three nearby towns to find a motel (for late March): Lone Pine, CA, Beatty NV, and Pahrump, NV.
Which town is the best to stay at? My budget is under $100/night. The distances from the towns to the visitor center are more or less the same. I want to spend most of the daylight hours inside the park and just need a relatively safe, clean, quiet place for sleeping.
2) From Portland, is it doable to drive within one day all the way down to Lone Pine (if I start really early in the morning)? Also, which route is the best (scenic but not too snowy/icy and not too slow): I-5 and US-395S (going through two national forests), or US-20 via Bend then US-395 (longer but won't have to go through forests)?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Thanks much in advance!