I'm in the very early stages of planning. We aren't doing a true roadtrip as we are going to be based in Anaheim for a 10 night holiday flying from the UK, 24th Oct til 3rd Nov, but we do want to see a couple of things that mean we may book a motel somewhere else for a night or two.
We (2 adults, 2 teens) specifically want to visit Pioneertown and Calico. I just wanted to ask if it would a good choice to visit both within a day of each other by driving from Pioneertown to Barstow (or the reverse) along route 247 rather than head out to each destination from Anaheim on two separate occasions. Is route 247 very scenic? Anything to stop and see along the way, anywhere to grab a snack?
We aren't hikers but don't mind short walks along reasonable terrain (trainers/sneakers, we won't have hiking boots) and are interested in the typical tourist things like Route 66 and the history of the area. I'm a big fan of pioneer history, ghost towns, wide open roads, scenic deserts and mountains.
Would route 247 be a road just to get from A to B without heading back to the I15, or is there more to it than just a convenient-looking 'short cut'?