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    My two friends and I are also planning to drive the Highway 1 from SF to Santa Barbara in the end of April. From Santa Barbara we would be heading to Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (we fly from LV). This part of the trip would probably take 3 - 4 days.

    Could you please give recommendations for a good route from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon and further to Las Vegas? (Sights, motels, interesting towns..?) Also, where should we stay in Grand Canyon? The area seems to be quite big, and we are most interested in the views. :)

    Thanks in advance!
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    Hello Alannainen and welcome to RTA !

    My two friends and I are also planning to drive the Highway 1 from SF to Santa Barbara in the end of April. From Santa Barbara we would be heading to Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (we fly from LV). This part of the trip would probably take 3 - 4 days.
    Do you mean 4 day's in total from San Fran to Vegas ? If so you just won't have the time to do the coastal highway and the Grand canyon other than just driving through.

    Could you please give recommendations for a good route from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon and further to Las Vegas? (Sights, motels, interesting towns..?)
    Santa Barbara to Grand canyon is very full day on the road and you wouldn't have time for sight seeing detours. To avoid some of LA's traffic you could head to Santa Clara on CA 126 and up CA14 to CA 58 to Barstow and then pick up I40 to Williams and then AZ 64 to GC South rim. To Vegas take I 40 back to Kingman and then US93 where you might want to stop at the Hoover dam. For a change of scenery you could take a detour from I40 and drive part of the original route 66 route through Seligman to Kingman.

    Also, where should we stay in Grand Canyon? The area seems to be quite big, and we are most interested in the views.
    The National park offers lodgings at the South rim and although the dearer option, worth it if your budget can manage it. Tusayan is the nearest town outside of the National park but the rates will still be higher than in Williams or Flagstaff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    Do you mean 4 day's in total from San Fran to Vegas ? If so you just won't have the time to do the coastal highway and the Grand canyon other than just driving through.
    Hi Dave and thank you for the reply!

    Sorry, I was a bit unclear. I mean that we would have 3-4 days to make it from Santa Barbara to grand Canyon and Las Vegas. So I was wondering if there's anything special to see / worth a detour on our way there.

    We could also consider staying overnight somewhere btw Santa Barbara and Grand Canyon - would that make any sense? I doesn't have to be anything super special, just a nice little town with a comfy motel and good atmosphere, preferably with not many other tourists. ;)

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    You have a few choices between Santa Barbara and the Grand Canyon - one of which is Kingman. This is a Route 66 town. Another option is Laughlin, you can stay at one of the casinos. Another is Lake Havasu City.

    With any of those 3, you can take a detour to Oatman. This is an old Route 66 town that has, among other things, burros wandering around the streets. You could also explore the Mojave National Preserve.

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    Default Four would be good.

    If you have 4 day's then I would agree with with the suggestions above, if you can only manage 3 days I would personally get as close to GC as possible, you need at least a full day to start to appreciate it and witnessing a sunrise/set there is quite spectacular.

    If you have 4 days and stop on route, and are staying in the Grand canyon village area, I would suggest continuing from Kingman/Laughlin to Flagstaff on I 40 and then head North on US89 towards Cameron and pick up AZ 64 into the East entrance. This will take you along 'Desert view drive' to the village area. It has many viewpoints along the way and is a big part of the GC experience. Also, by entering here your first views from the Old Watchtower will be wide open of the Colorado river making it's way into the canyon and you can follow it's path by road. You then have views from the rim walk near to the village area and all the way up to 'Hermits rest' by way of the free shuttle bus service, that you can hop on and off at the various viewpoints. Leave by the South kiosk and you have completed a loop of the South rim.

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    Thanks glc and Dave! Indeed, witnessing the sunset or sunrise is a must!

    We have now booked accommodation at Yawapai Lodge, South Rim. Looks very nice!

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