We are intending to take a trip for 3 - 4 weeks in the southwest usa to nyc, this December. My husband and I are in our 30s and we have driven in USA several times and we like road trips.
I have done my initial research and as I would like to book my flights from Singapore to Los Angeles very soon, I hope you can help advise me / correct me / give me some tips on our route.
We intend to fly into LA from SG and spend 3 days there
- 1st day: after the long flight, touch down and rest in hotel till dinner. We have been to LA before and we will rent a car to drive to the hotel and later out for dinner.
- 2nd day : farmers market and travelling around LA
- 3rd day : 6 flags magic mountain
From here, is where I need a little advice / information:
- 4th day: we intend to drive from LA to Grand Canyon. I have looked at google maps and the route could take up to 8 hours. As it is winter, I have also read that it is best not to drive so long hours as the sun (if there is even sun... ) sets earlier at 4-5pm.
QN: Where do you suggest that we break up the drive and stay for 1 night?
QN: Even if we travel to Flagstaff, it is 6 hours. Or do you recommend that we travel all the way from LA to Flagstaff and stay for 1 night?
- 5th day: depending on where we stay, we will leave in the morning for Grand Canyon.
QN: I am hoping to stay at the El Tovar Hotel and I was looking at the information on the websites and all the rooms do not have canyon views? is this correct? or do you recommend another hotel that we might enjoy? If i read correctly, none of the hotels have canyon views.. and El Tovar is famous because it is just on the rim itself?
QN: depending on what time we reach the hotel (whichever hotel we decide to stay), and as we will be nearing afternoon, I would like to drive to navajo national monument (this takes 3 hrs from grand canyon) and later to monument valley. That will probably take us till evening and we can come back hotel to have dinner. Is the route feasible? Or do you suggest we rest and drive nearby to take in the landscape and scenery for the 1st day?
- 6th day: set off early to see the south rim (i know the north rim is closed in winter) and drive to horseshoe bend & antelope canyon too. Is this possible in 1 day? Or do you suggest we stay 2 days in grand canyon - i can extend the plan at this stage too, since one of our main highlights of trip is to see the grand canyon.
7th day/ 8th day : I am planning to go to Durango and stay for a day but it seems pretty out of the way to drive there for a ski resort when we don't go. We have been to Whistler and really like it there for a 1 day stay. I was planning to drive to Durango and stay for 1 night after the National Monument & monument valley. (So for the 1st day in grand canyon, we will drive around depending on what time we reach the hotel instead of going out to national monument) Or do you suggest we stay around the grand canyon and explore there instead of having a day at Durango when we don't ski?
9th day: Return car at Flagstaff and fly into Austin. We would like to drive to Austin from Grand Canyon but the drive would take 16 hours and we can save time by flying. We will reach Austin and check in to hotel and explore the town.
10 &11th day: Explore Austin (we will rent a car, is this necessary in Austin? I have read that we can drive out to Hill Country?)
We originally wanted to add in New Orleans but we can plan for this another time and have more time at Arizona / Utah area in the early part of the trip.
12th day : Fly from Austin to Savannah. Again we would love to drive but the drive is 16 hours as well. So we will return the car (if we are renting) and fly into Savannah. Check into hotel and explore Savannah. We will rent a car.
13/14th day: Explore Savannah.
15th day: We will drive 2 hours from Savannah to Charleston. Spend day there.
16th day: Enjoy Charleston.
17th day: Fly from Charleston to NYC. We will cab it to hotel and spend about 4-5 days in nyc before flying home.
I know winter is not the best ideal time to do this trip but my husband can only leave town then for a month's holiday. Does our initial plan for now (i have yet to figure out hotels / car rental / domestic flights etc) look feasible?
Our main highlights for this trip are Grand Canyon, Horseshoe bend, Antelope Canyon, Austin, Savannah & NYC. Where else would you suggest that we fit in, for the Arizona section?
We like scenery, we enjoy good food and we like to drive in the USA. Unfortunately the durations for each town is too far apart to drive if we don't want to waste time staying overnight in cities for 1 night only each. So our road trip would have to be in Arizona & Savannah / Charleston areas.
Thank you so much for help