I'm struggling to try and make a road trip work for 4 or maybe 5 adults with vastly different tastes!
The only given in this trip is Vegas for 4 nights, probably Sun 12th May checking out Thurs 16th May, the dates can be changed if needs be, but the 4 nights is apparently non-negotiable!
Ooops sorry the other given (for just 2 or 3 of the group though) is 1 or 2 nights in LA. So leaving the whole group with either 8 or 10 days together.
The whole trip is either 10 or 12 nights (dependent on costs) from Sun 12th May.
I guess that I probably need to elaborate a bit more........
The 'current' plan was for my husband and I to fly into LA Thurs 9th May, spend the night at an LAX hotel as we arrive late, and then head to Desert Hot Springs for 2 nights at El Morocco Inn, then head to Vegas on Sun 12th May to meet up with the others who are flying into Vegas. 4 nights in Vegas, then drive to San Diego for 3 nights, then drive to LA, where we would then fly over to to the East Coast for 3 more weeks, and the others would spend 3 nights in LA before flying home from LA.
It has since transpired that nobody particularly wants to go to San Diego, it apparently just seemed convenient! Both myself and my husband would rather drive inland into Arizona instead of into California. A couple of members of the group want to go to Oatman (I don't but I'll go along to keep the peace), The Hoover Dam seems a popular choice withe everyone, The Grand Canyon again is popular, my husband would like to do the scenic railroad trip from Clarkdale, I'd like to spend at least one night in Flagstaff (but the hotel needs to be within walking distance of downtown so we can all go out to a brewpub for the evening and no one has to drive back to the hotel), my husband would also like to spend the night at the Wigwam motel in Holbrook (if it's feasible to drive that far in our limited timescale).
So basically, if you're still reading! I'm looking to try and make the above work.
I still think that my husband and I could still fly into LA, go to Desert Hot Springs and then meet the others in Vegas on 12th May. Then spend the 4 nights in Vegas, then we need to have the others back in LA for Weds 22nd May at the latest, or maybe even earlier.
Am I trying to do too much by venturing into Arizona?
I do need to try and find cheap places to stay as I would like to enable the others to make this into a 12 night road trip.
My current thinking is:
Thurs 9th May - my husband and I fly to LA/overnight LAX hotel
Fri 10th May - drive to Desert Hot Springs for 2 nights at El Morocco Inn
Sat 11th May - El Morocco Inn
Sun 12th May - drive to Las Vegas to meet the others who fly in today
Mon 13th May - Vegas
Tue 14th May - Vegas
Wed 15th May - Vegas
Thu 16th May - leave Vegas, visit Hoover Dam, Oatman, overnight near Oatman - maybe Kingman
Fri 17th May - drive to Flagstaff along route 66 if it's possible, maybe stopping in Williams for an hour or so, overnight Flagstaff
Sat 18th May - overnight Flagstaff, maybe the Clarkdale railroad this day
Sun 19th May - overnight Flagstaff, maybe Grand Canyon this day
Mon 20th May - drive to Holbrook along route 66 if posible, maybe stopping in Winslow for an hour or so, overnight Holbrook
Tue 21st May - drive midway to LA, not sure of the best route, or the best place to overnight
Wed 22nd May - drive to LA, we fly to the East Coast, the others enjoy LA
Thu 23rd May - LA
Fri - 24rd May - the others fly home
Am I spending too much time in Flagstaff?
What else should we see/do around here. Most of the others are not into National Parks unfortunately, only The Grand Canyon seems to be a go'er.
Are we venturing too far into Arizona to make it back to LA?
Should we do some of the route 66 i California?
Sorry!!!! But thanks for any help!!!!!