I'm from Europe, and planning a trip to Las Vegas for a birthday in the final week of November, 21 to 28 Nov (which I think is Thanksgiving week). It will just be me in the car. I love driving so don't mind spending a few long stretches at the wheel. I do regular 8 hour+ trips across the UK and Europe.
I'd like to take the opportunity to do the Big Sur (a drive before you die) and also see the Grand Canyon. I've come up with the following rough itinerary:
Saturday mid afternoon - arrive LAX, drive to Santa Barbara. Overnight in SB.
Sunday 22 Nov - Drive Big Sur from Santa Barbara to Carmel or Monterey via Big Sur. Overnight in Carmel or Monterey.
Monday 23 Nov - Drive from Monterey to Las Vegas (a long haul this one, I realise). Overnight in LV.
Tuesday 24 Nov - Las Vegas. Overnight in LV.
Wednesday 25 Nov - Drive to Grand Canyon am. PM and overnight South Rim GCNP.
Thursday 26 Nov - AM at Grand Canyon, drive to Lake Havasu City. Overnight LHC.
Friday 27 Nov - Drive to LA. Overnight in LA.
Saturday 28 Nov - Fly from LAX early pm.
My main question relates to the return route from the Grand Canyon to LA. Are there anyrecommendations fo avoidg the I-15 slog which I guess could also be busy with holiday traffic? Possibly north via Grand Sequoia or south via joshua Tree?
Thanks for any advice!