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  1. Default May2019 Planning: flying in from the UK

    Hello All,

    My friend and I are at the early stages of planning a road trip and we are looking for some advice and guidance if the following is possible or not.

    Are current plan is to fly into Los Angeles and return to the UK from San Francisco 14 days later, we would like a couple of days at the end in San Francisco so our time travelling will be 12 days.

    Day 1: Arrive in LAX and drive to Palm Springs.

    We would like to visit the following National Parks and see the main attractions or hike to them but unsure of what there is to see and each of them or how long it would take.

    Joshua Tree National Park
    Grand Canyon National Park
    Monument Valley
    Arches National Park
    Death Valley
    Yosemite National Park

    Any advice on route/accommodation/sites to see etc would be really appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
    J

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    Welcome to RTA!

    Each of those places mentioned are worthy of 1/2 to a full day of your time, except Yosemite which could spend 2 days. Each are 150 (4 hours) to 400 miles (8-9 hours) apart, so bear that in mind as you plan.

    In Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Yosemite NP's, there are drives that you can do. All of them have hiking trails. However, even in May, Joshua Tree and Death Valley may be quite hot and you may want to see those from the air conditioned rental car, and just jump out at each scenic view point.

    Also think about this. LAX to Palm Springs is 3 hours drive on a good day. If you fly in later in the evening, by the time you get through customs, baggage claim and car rental, you may want to consider staying overnight in LA near the airport and move on the following day.


    Donna

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    Default A better start to your trip.

    Coming off a long haul flight, no matter what time of the day you arrive, it would not be wise to drive that same day. That first day and first night should be spent in LA, preferably close to the airport, until your body clocks have adjusted to the time difference, and have recovered from the flight. For safety's sake you are best of picking up your car on the second day, and then hitting the road to Palm Springs.

    Lifey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lifemagician View Post
    Coming off a long haul flight, no matter what time of the day you arrive, it would not be wise to drive that same day. That first day and first night should be spent in LA, preferably close to the airport, until your body clocks have adjusted to the time difference, and have recovered from the flight. For safety's sake you are best of picking up your car on the second day, and then hitting the road to Palm Springs.

    Lifey
    Thanks for advice both - are there any websites that show recommended routes and or accommodation stop overs at all? Thanks again J

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    Default Make it YOUR trip.

    There is no such thing as a generic recommended route. It all depends on what you want to see/do along the way, between the major destinations you have alread chosen. Once you have those points plotted on a map a route will appear, which will be the best route for your trip.

    If you do not have a good detailed map of the area in which you will be travelling, I highly recommend that you get one. If these are not available locally, you can do no better than to get hold of a Rand McNally road atlas (there is none better). If you were to order it now, via the link at the bottom of this page, you will have it in a couple of weeks.

    Then do your research on the places of iunterest to you, the map shows in the area where you will be travelling. A route will appear to suit your interests, and you can research accommodation along that route.

    Lifey

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    Default The loop.

    I would consider doing a loop trip and perhaps not travel as far east as Arches NP. The flights in and out of LA would most likely be a cheaper option to. You could go to Bryce and Zion in Utah so your trip would look like this. LA>GC>Zion (possibly Bryce first)>DV>Yosemite>SF and then if you took the coast road back to LA it would be a couple of days. It's quite a busy schedule but doable.

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