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  1. Default June roadtrip Glen Ellen CA to Las Vegas

    My husband and i are travelling to Glen Ellen to stay with friends mid-June. We would like to drive the Big Sur perhaps as far as Monterey/Carmel and then make our way across to Vegas. Would love some recommendations of scenic routes and places to stay on this journey. We plan on taking a couple of days doing this (two overnight stays). When we leave Vegas we would like to visit Grand Canyon and finish our journey in Phoenix where we can fly back to the UK. We are planning on the total journey to take about 10-12 days.

    All help would be much appreciated

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Technically, the Big Sur Coast is all south of Monterey, and I also think that Monterey/Carmel is a great place to begin, rather than end your journey along the coast. If you take your first day and visit those towns, and continue down the coast as far as Cambria, perhaps visiting the Hearst Castle in San Simeon if time permits, you will have seen some of the best the California coast has to offer. Then head inland on CA-46 to Bakersfield and cross through the southern tip of Sequoia National Forest and the Lake Isabella area on CA-178 to Death Valley. Stay in Stovepipe Wells or at Furnace Creek. Enjoy the park (but be prepared for the heat!) and then continue on to Las Vegas. Plan on at least two full days to get from Las Vegas to Phoenix. It's a long drive to get to the Canyon, and you'll need at least a half day to drive and hike along the South Rime to get the full flavor of the Canyon. On the drive south to Phoenix, you should also plan on taking your time, using AZ-89A through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona, before finishing up with the drive into Phoenix.


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