Hoping to pick your brains about a route back from Vegas to LA/Santa Barbara happening on our trip in 2 weeks time. Booked a last minute holiday and really looking forward to escpaing the Uk and coming back to Cali. We actually did a wedding and roadtrip in October (LA-Vegas-DV-Tioga Pass-SF-PCH-LA) but are looking for something different.
This year we have a rough idea of what we are doing but I'm trying to sort out somehting more fun on the way back to LA from Vegas. We are going from San Diego to Vegas on Mon 28th March for 5 nights then heading back to Santa Barbara. The thing is that the girlfriend is wanting to fly back down I15 and head straight back to Santa Barbara (SB) in one long drive so we have more time in SB.
But I have suggested cutting back through DV again as it is that amazing, stopping over outside of death valley near Sequoia then having a 3hr drive to SB on teh following day. Only thing is that I have looked at stopping at Lake Isabella/Kernville and she naturally wants the extra driving and stop off to be worthwhile seeing as this journey is a good 8+ hrs with stops.
Any thoughts on this and areas to stay, looked at Kernville or even Mojave (but that looks a bit desolate)?
I've also looked at heading South from Vegas going down the 95 through Mojave National Preserve and down through Twenty Nine Palms and Joshua tree NP and staying over at Palm Springs, then driving to Santa Barbara the next day. Only thing is though that Mojave preserve seems a bit flat and boring and the long drive probably isn't worth it.
To round up, the choices are:
1. Drive back to Santa Barbara from Vegas is one long trip as quick as possible = 7ish hours in 1 day
2. Vegas to DV and stay over around Kernville or somewhere better? = 8hr drive day one, then 3hr to SB next day.
3. South of Vegas through Mojave and Joshua Tree NP and stay over at Palm Springs? = 4ish hours in 1 day then 3hrs to SB next day.