I've been browsing this forum and got lots of helpful tips. I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on the last leg of our 22 day trip, where we head from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon.
Fri 17th : Santa Barbara
Sat 18th: Palm Springs? (but depends on route we go for!)
Sun 19th: Yavapai Lodge, grand canyon (accommodation booked)
Mon 20th: Las Vegas (accomm booked but free cancellation)
Tues 21st: Las vegas
Weds 22: fly midday
Prior to this we'll have been from Las Vegas> Death Valley> Mammoth Lakes> Tioga Pass> Yosemite (staying el portal)> San francisco> big sur.
We are from the UK and there are two of us, couple in our thirties. First time for me in America. I've been trying to keep the drives to max four hours (according to google!) knowing that means we can add a couple of hours for stops etc. I was interested in visiting Palm Springs because I liked the look of mid century architecture without having to deal with LA. And being near Joshua Tree. However Palm Springs to Yavapai Lodge is 6-7 hours according to maps and of course we could add on a couple of hours with stops. By this point we will be used to longer drives (I hope!).
So here's my question: I'm gathering that it's not the most interesting drive? Are we giving ourselves an unnecessarily long day, should we drive further the day before and if so where to stop? Or should we stay at 29 palms instead of palm springs to save ourselves time on the journey? That would mean I still get to look at mid century modernist desert architecture before maybe catching sunset in Joshua tree.
Also from grand canyon to las vegas: I don't think we have enough time to go up to Page etc. The plan would be to spend entire day at Canyon Monday then head back to Vegas that evening. Unless anyone would suggest another option?
Would be interested in opinions!