Because pictures say more than 1000 words….a photo impression of our road trip through California, Nevada and Arizona.
Day 1: Los Angeles
Visit Malibu Beach, Santa Monica Pier
Day 2: Los Angeles
Hike to Hollywood Sign 5 to 10 km (3-7 mi) depending on what route you take.
Down Town: Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills.
Day 3: Los Angeles – Mojave National Preserve – Las Vegas NV (484 km /285 mi)
Ring Loops Trail (2 km/1.5 mi. This will take the average person 30-60 mins.) – easy trail, mostly flat but for the end where you have to use rings hooked into the rocks to make it up and through rather narrow spaces. The trail starts from the parking lot of the Hole-in-the-Wall visitor center and returns here too.
Explore Las Vegas by night.
Day 4: Las Vegas – Hoover Dam – Grand Canyon Caverns -Williams AZ (262 km/165 mi)
Visit the Dam, take a tour and lots of pictures.
- Expect to spend about 1.5 hrs here.
- Prices: $10 for the visitor center,
- Power plant tour: $15 adults 16y/o and up and $12 for 4-15 y/o.
Along the old Route 66 you can find these Caverns.
Pro: fun, well-lit and paved throughout to make it easier for anyone to visit. Cave also does ghost tours or you can stay overnight. Any opportunity to use or market the cave has been explored.
Con: because it has been so adapted to be visited and utilized, it also lost its draw as a cave, plus it is quite pricey.
- 30 mins – 45 mins – 2.5 hrs available.
- Kids 5 and younger are free.
- Tours start from $15.95 for adults and $10.95 (6-12y/o).
Drive 1.15hrs (128 km/ 79.6 mi) to Williams.
If you book early enough, you’ll be able to find accommodation closer to the Grand Canyon.
Day 5: Grand Canyon – South Kaibab Trail
Walk this trail down up until Skeleton Point for your first view of the Colorado River. This point is the 3rd level down from the South Rim at 5 km/3mi at 5200ft elevation. Make sure to bring enough water, wear a hat, sun screen and proper shoes, and in summer don’t try and go beyond this point.
Be smart by being honest to and about your own (your company’s) ability to walk this same distance back up too! Follow the instructions and advice from NPS (see link above).
Day 6: Williams – Sedona – Montezuma Castle – Phoenix (284 km/173 mi)
A fairly easy walk (6 km / 4.2 mi) with a couple steep climbs to get to the plateau and Devil’s Bridge. Great view, beautiful picture opportunities but busy trail.
Cute artist/shopping village just outside Sedona. Great shops, cute finds, good restaurants. Perfect for a stroll and lunch.
- Open all year (except 25 December and 1 January, closing early 2 pm Thanksgiving and December 24th) between 8 am – 5 pm (visitor center closes 4.45pm).
- Adults (16y and up) $10
- Under 16 y are free.
Interesting place to visit but castle only to be seen from the path (to save it from deterioration/erosion), signage and information along the 1.3mi path.
Day 7: Phoenix – Old Town Scottsdale
Easy day: saunter around Old Town Scottsdale
Day 8: Phoenix – Los Angeles (599 km/ 372 mi)
A 6-hour drive back. Stop along the route for lunch and at Desert Hills Premium Outlets (1.5 hrs from Los Angeles) to stretch your legs, have lunch and do some (high end) shopping.
Day 9: Venice Beach
Your very last day. Take avail and walk along Venice Beach and its fun and eclectic mix of people, shops and (pop up) stalls.