Great website, hope you guys can help me out.
I am planning a road trip in march with a friend of mine.
We're from the Netherlands by the way.
The subject covers it all, those are the places we would like to visit. If necessary we can skip some places but we really want to visit Death Valley, Las Vegas (to visit a friend), Grand Canyon and Mojave Desert.
We don't care about driving long distances but of course we would like to wander around as well so let's say maximum 5 - 6 hours of driving a day. We like scenic routes, we prefer to visit scenic spots by ourselves so if possible not with guided tours. We have no camping gear so we have to spend the night in motels, hotels or lodges.
I read some posts on this forum and used Google Earth a lot as well and eventually came up with this route:
Click here for route in google maps
Day 1 - AMS - LAX arrival in afternoon (Jetlag so we will sleep early)
Day 2 - LA via Bakerfield, Lake Isabella (Kern River Canyon) to Ridgecrest
Day 3 - Ridgecrest to Death Valley, spend the night at Furness Creek
Day 4 - Furness Creek - Las Vegas, spend the night at a friend's place
Day 5 - Las vegas via Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon (Where should we go?)
Anyone familiar with the Quartermaster Point? click to view in google maps
Day 6 - Grand Canyon via Route 66 to Kingman, spend the night there
Day 7 - Kingman via Mojave Desert and Route 66 back to LA. I have to visit Kelso, for personal reasons.
Day 8 - LAX - AMS departure in afternoon
Is this a realistic route? Do we still have time to get out of the car and actually enjoy the view? Or is there a better route? Please let me know! Thanks in advance...