We are a small group of 5 people who will be driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in December. We really want to go via Death Valley to see the scenery, although we realize it will be a very long day! I read that we should count on 2 hours driving between Las Vegas and Death Valley and 5 hours between Death Valley and LA, so in theory that should give us at least a few hours to cross Death Valley and stop for some short walks and photos. Is this feasible? It's so difficult to calculate driving time vs. distances in a place you don't know... We realize that it's not ideal, but we've got a short time in the US only, and considering the price of the tickets we probably won't get another opportunity to go anytime soon!
Any advice on a realistic but scenic itinerary would be much appreciated. We'll stick to the paved roads as we don't want any trouble with our rental car.
Thanks a lot in advance!