I live in England and I'm planning a road trip with my partner for July 2011 and am trying to get some of the planning done now.
At the moment this is our rough itinerary for 2 weeks:
LA, Las Vegas, Lake Havasu City, Palm Springs, San Diego, Long Beach, LAX.
Basically we want to combine seeing some of America with relaxing on the beach, as you can probably tell!
We we're going to go across to the Grand Canyon too but noticed that there are many day trips available there from LV. My partner really wants to do it via helicopter, whereas I'd prefer a driven trip, simply because I'm not a big fan of flying. Does anyone recommend these or is there a specific company that's best to go with? As we'll almost certainly be booking before we leave for America.
I've heard mixed things about LA, in that much of it is actually not all that great, so I don't think we'll dedicate all that much time there, just doing the main touristy things. Las Vegas will probably be our longest stop (about 4 days), and I've noticed that hotels on the strip are extremely reasonably priced (is that because they anticipate everyone losing their money in the casinos?!). Is there a great deal to do during the day in Las Vegas?
Finally, we will be renting a car and driving. We're open to flying into Las Vegas and doing the circle from there or from LA, whichever flight is cheaper to be honest!
Can anyone recommend anywhere to go in between these stops that might be nice? I know at the moment it seems pretty well planned but we're open to suggestions.
thanks in advance for any guidance