We are from East Coast of US and will be driving around some friends from UK & Canada in a rental Minivan (7 of us total). We all want to see Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and spend at least 1 day at LA beaches.
We have a total of 10 days during the first two weeks of August and we have to stay in Las Vegas for 4 days for a conference.
Here is our planned itinerary:
Day 1: Everyone arrives in LA and stays overnight
Day 2: Pick up the rental Minivan and drive to Las Vegas via Barstow (Calico Ghost Town) and Baker (Mojave National Park). We are not sure about driving all the way through Death Valley national park (due to heat, importance of getting to Vegas in time for conference)
Day 3 - 6: Conference in Vegas. Stay in Vegas.
Day 7: Leave for Grand Canyon and get there before sunset. Overnight at nearby hotel.
Day 8: See more of Grand Canyon during the day/sunrise and leave for LA in the afternoon. Overnight in LA.
Day 9: Relax in LA or Orange County beaches
Day 10: All of us fly out of LA
1. Can we add in Zion national park as a side trip on way to Grand Canyon? Thinking of spending only a few hours there.
2. We are also looking for some cool sights on the way from Grand Canyon back to Los Angeles - any suggestions? We may not be able to spend more than a few hours in the sights given our itinerary.
3. Please give some feedback on driving time and going to Las Vegas via Death valley National Park.