Have been reading all the amazing posts and comments on your site (thanks for all the info). alas after reading it all we have know decided to wedge in Yosemite National Park and Death Valley after LA and Plam Springs on our way to Las Vegas.
Are we crazy?
We are two Australians in our mid 20's who have never been on a road trip in america. We are spending 5 nights in LA before heading out. Originally we were going to drive to Palm Springs and stay for 4 nights before heading off to Vegas for 3 nights.
BUT after reading about Yosemite National Park we thought since we have the time perhaps we should have a go of driving up and visiting it.
At the moment this is the route / timings we are looking at.
Tuesday Day 1 La - Leave early say 12pm Palm Springs
Wednesday Day 2 Palm Springs - Visit the Joshua Tree national Park stay another night in Palm Springs
Thursday Day 3 Palm Springs to Yosemite National Park (7 hour drive) we can stay in the national park in 'curry village' permeant tent things or there are 6 or so other hotel /motels they just looked funny! Drive around the park a bit
Friday Day 4 Yosemite National Park - Death Valley (6 hour drive) stay the night and a bit more exploring the park if we like or going to visit one of the lakes around the area
Saturday Day 5 Death Valley - Vegas (we could also arrive on Sunday in vegas as well)
is this too much?