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  1. Default Road Trip suggestions for Las Vegas, Death Valley + more


    We have a trip planned in October (live in NZ). We have 4 days in Las Vegas and then we have a car hire for 8 days. We would like to be able to take in Death Valley, Sequoia and Grand Canyon. We would really appreciate it if anyone could help us with the best route for our road trip.


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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default A popular choice.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    A nice route would start with a trip across Death valley and then head north on 395 to Mono Lake and then take the Tioga Pass [CA120] into Yosemite NP and then head south through Sequoia NP before heading to the Grand canyon south rim and back to Vegas, possibly via a couple of route 66 towns [Seligman and Kingman] and the Hoover dam.

    The one thing you would have to watch out for is the status of Tioga Pass as it can close at any point at this time of year in the event of a winter storm. Normally you would be OK in October, especially during the first half of the month. If that were the case you could just head from Death valley to Sequoia by heading south around the mountains.

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    Thank you. Is there any particular places that you would recommend that we stay along the way.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Something to work with.

    If your budget can manage it then there is nothing quite like staying within the National parks and you can find all info on each park at Furnace creek in Death valley is a popular spot, but it's not far from Vegas so it will depend on how much exploring you want to do in the park. There are other lodgings in the park at Stovepipe Wells, or just outside you will find Panamint Springs and the town of Lone Pine with Bishop being a popular overnight stop further north on 395. Yosemite is quite amazing and I would recommend at least 2 nights here. There are tent cabins in Curry village that are quite basic but offer best value in the park, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls hotel is popular, or again you have options outside the park in towns such as Groveland, Mariposa and El Portal. Another good option for the day you leave the park and head south towards Sequoia NP would be Oakhurst with a range of lodgings. If you didn't want to stay in Sequoia NP then the little town of Three Rivers just south of the park is a good location. From Three rivers to Williams would be a full day on the road and would put you an hour away from the Grand canyon although you could break the trip up differently, perhaps drive through the Mojave preserve and stop over in Laughlin. Apart from the NP lodgings you have the towns of Tusayan which is the nearest and dearest and Williams and Flagstaff or north on US89 the Cameron Trading post which is a mini destination itself. In fact you could include a visit to Monument valley in your trip and if you made your way there from Three rivers with an overnight stop, you could visit the valley and stop at Cameron before heading into GC NP via the east entrance. This is my favourite way to enter the canyon as it follows the direction of the Colorado river and see how it shaped it's way through to the main canyon. There are many viewpoints along Desertview drive and then you could end up at the main section of canyon for a dramatic sunset.

    That's just something to work with, there are many options so I would take a look at a good map and do a little research and once you have an idea of what type of itinerary appeals to you, we can help to 'fine tune' it and make suggestions. If you like a fast paced trip where you keep on the go and move through quickly, you could even consider looping up into Southern Utah from the canyon and visit Zion NP before dropping back down into Vegas.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Annual Pass??

    If Tioga Pass is open, it will mean you will be visiting 4 major National Parks. Check on the National Parks website, but I think you might find it beneficial to get the Annual Parks Pass. If at the end of the visit you do not have anyone to give it to, donate it to a charity who can give it to a deserving family.

    [I always make a point of signing the right, rather than left hand spot, for that very reason.]


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