Hi everyone, probably no-one remembers me from earlier this year but I'm back again trying to plan a return trip to California next year.
We want to repeat part of our previous trip from San Francisco to Santa Barbara through Big Sur and are happy with how to plan our itineray for that section. However, on that trip we went to LA, then out to Death Valley and on to Vegas. This time we'd like to skip LA and go inland from Santa Barbara to Death Valley and then up to Yosemite and back to San Francisco.
It's the Santa Barabra - Death Valley section that I need help with at the moment please. I realise that we'll have to cross over the mountains but it looks possible to take highways 150 / 126 to Santa Clarita and then pick up highway 14 to Palmdale, Lancaster, Mojave and onto the 395 into Death Valley. Do you think this would be our best route? How long do you think it will take (Google maps are never accurate) and should we plan an overnight somewhere along the way?
Earlier this year we did LA to Death Valley in one day, leaving at 6am, stopping along the way at various locations (Calico and Boron) and arrived about 8pm. I don't mind driving like this again if it's the best option but if possible I'd like a stopover.
I'd be grateful for any advice you could give me.
Thanks in advance.