Hoping someone with local knowledge can answer a few questions.
We are coming from the UK and will mainly be based in Anaheim but we are intending to stay one night near the Tanger Outlets.
Any advice on the following heavy itinerary gratefully received:
We intend to drive up from Anaheim Friday 28th October just after 9am, visit Mormon Rocks and go to straight to Calico Ghost Town. First major question: I understand there are Calico Haunt Parties...do we need to book in advance...does it cost more...how is it different to a normal day...does it stay open later than the usual 5pm closing time. I can't find much info.
If we can get thorugh Calico in a couple of hours I'd like to go on to the Early Man Site for the 3.30pm tour.
Next, drive by Daggett to check out the Pioneer's cemetry, museum (if it's still open by then!) and historic buildings.
Not sure where we'll eat lunch!
We then plan to drive back to the Tanger Outlet, do a bit of shopping, check into the hotel and eat somewhere nearby. Can you recommend any of the restaurants around the outlets? Looks like there are quite a few when I look on Google Maps.
Saturday morning to late afternoon we intend to visit as many of these as possible before heading back to Anaheim:
Route 66 Mother Road museum
Main Street murals
Western American Railroad Museum
Peggy Sue's 50s Diner?
Then hit the National Trails Highway to stop off at Bottletree Ranch in Oro Grande and the Route 66 Museum in Victorville and finally rejoin the I 15 and head back to Anaheim hotel for a good rest!
I would really like to squeeze in some scenic driving, maybe Rainbow Basin or Mohave National Preserve but this appears to be heading East when at the end of the day we want to head West/South on the I15.
I'd also like to see Inscription Canyon (or othe i nscriptions) but haven't yet found much information about whether it is accessible in a hire car...from what I've read I'm guessing not. Or whether it is possible to get a jeep tour locally to go offroad? Don't think we'll have time for these really, but in an ideal world...
You've probably guessed that our visit is to hit the historic and scenic sites. I'm a sucker for a bit of geology, pioneer and mining, Route 66 history. So have a missed any gems from our rough itinerary? Anything above I should really not bother with?
I know it's alot to ask all in one topic but I'd be grateful if you could pick out anything you can help with.
Thanks in advance.