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Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

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Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

Hi, I am looking at driving from LAX to the Grand Canyon in August next year(I like to plan ahead). Our plane lands at lunchtime(Saturday), and I would like some suggestions as to where to spend a night on the way to the Grand Canyon(want to be at Grand Canyon Sunday late afternoon). After a long flight, I'm thinking I won't want to be driving more than 2-3 hours before we stop somewhere for the night. Any help much appreciated.

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1. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

Your choices for a halfway overnight stop include Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Needles, California; Laughlin, Nevada and Kingman, Arizona. If you are interested in gambling, Laughlin would be a good choice because it's in Nevada where gambling is legal, and hotel rooms in Laughlin are relatively cheap.

However if you want to stay within a 3-hour drive of Los Angeles, your choices include Palm Springs, Indio, Blythe, Barstow and Twentynine Palms, all of which are in California. Your choice of where to stay should be based partly on what you want to see and do. Stay near what you want to see.

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2. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

it's a little longer then you'd like but i would suggestion laughlin...it's about 4 1/2 hour drive. you should be able to get pretty cheap rooms in august. once there, you can just park the car and walk to many places...casino's, restaurants, walk along the river...

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Landing at lunchtime, you won't be on the road before 2-3 hours later because of immigration and the rental pick up. And you'll hit outbound LA traffic from 3 pm. Think Barstow will be far enough. Not much lodging other than a basic motel in Ludlow till you get to Needles. Taking I15 and I40 also is shortest way to GCNP.

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4. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

Thanks for everyones help. I'm thinking Barstow sounds like the best option for me. I can't see me wanting to drive for 4 1/2 hours after the flight. Tet14... google maps says I40 quicker than I15 and I40. Is google maps wrong?(not for the first time).

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5. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

First part from LA is on I15. From Barstow you are on I40 in the GC direction. In the USA odd numbered interstates run south north and even numbered interstates east to west.

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6. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

Barstow is never my first pick for anything, but it seems to make sense in your case. Choose one of the hotels near the outlet mall, there are some decent ones there.

http://goo.gl/maps/ikSLq

Also check out Tommy's there. It isn't as much fun as the original one in LA, but still a great chili cheeseburger.

http://www.originaltommys.com/

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7. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

Let me run an idea past you that you might like to consider. I don't know whether the Destination Experts will agree with me.

You seem most interested in just getting to the Grand Canyon. I cannot blame you but you will be passing by a lot of really interesting places on your way. Various Route 66 stretches, Oatman, Kingman, Seligman, Williams etc. You could add a lot of value to your trip by factoring time in some of them into your schedule.

If you overnight in Barstow - the closest place to your starting point that you could reasonably consider - it will consequently mean you have the longest drive possible to the Grand Canyon the next day. Meaning less opportunity (and probably desire) to do anything but get where you're going.

I fully appreciate you will be tired after a long flight followed by lots of hoop-jumping getting through immigration and picking up your rental car. However, if you pushed on beyond the three hour mark and made it to, say, Needles your journey to the Grand Canyon the next day would be a couple of hours less. Time you could spend enjoying somewhere. (Oatman, for example, is just down the road.)

Depending on your preference for having a hotel booking before you travel you could even keep both options up your sleeve and only make a decision once you've started your drive and know how tired you are. The Destination Experts will correct me if I'm wrong but Barstow and Needles are both popular stopover towns and affordable accommodation is not hard to find.

Just an idea.

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8. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

Not a fan of Needles myself not to mention arriving there in the dark. I40 also will be stone dark and still many trucks on the road. Not an enjoyable drive at night. Flight from NZ, a/p and rentalcar p/u maybe traffic jams. I would not recommend this. Better safe than sorry.

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9. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

For Barstow you might consider the Route 66 Motel, because it's pretty cheap and it's kind of historic, there are old cars parked around and other memorabilia and objects from the Route 66 area. The tiny office is crammed with license plates and other Route 66 stuff. The beds are round. It's very hot in Barstow in August, but the air conditioning is good; at least the one in my room worked well. Eat at Lola's Kitchen or Casa Jimenez if you like Mexican food.

Edited: 08 November 2013, 22:31
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10. Re: Place to stop for the night on way to Grand Canyon?

Hang on...

Who needs to be a fan of Needles? It's a bed for the night. And why would he be driving at night? It's August. He lands at midday, has between an hour and three before leaving the airport and a four tor five hour drive.

Tet, are you telling me you don't see the opportunity that can be had by going a bit further than Barstow on that first evening? And the lack of it by not?