This Week-Long Road Trip Hits Some Of The Most Iconic Spots In The U.S.
It’s summer road trip planning time and the weather is just right to explore some of the most iconic destinations in the U.S. If you have a week to explore, we recommend the following itinerary leaving from Los Angeles to get to see Sequoia National Forest, Death Valley, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. It’s an American classic.
Day 1: Los Angeles
Start your adventure in the City of Angels and spend the day seeing what L.A. has to offer. We’re a fan of Griffith Park for a walk with a great view and hanging out around Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Hollywood for some Cali city life.
Day 2: Sequoia to Death Valley
Leave bright and early the next day to drive three hours from L.A. to Sequoia National Forest to see some of the country’s tallest trees. Take a peek at the enormous Sequoias before driving another couple hours to a very different environment: Death Valley. We’d recommend grabbing an Airbnb in this area so you can do a desert walk before calling it a night.
Day 3: Las Vegas
Your next day begins with a quick two-hour drive to Las Vegas. Pick up a coffee and a donut and enjoy the wide open roads before hitting Sin City. Once you’re there, you have an entire afternoon and evening to explore the Strip, gamble a little and see a show.
Days 4 and 5: Grand Canyon
Don’t stay up too late in Vegas because Day 4 starts off your Grand Canyon adventure. You can get to either the North or South Rim within about four hours. Soak in the majesty of the giant formation for the next day and a half, hiking through one of the most famous national parks in the world.
Day 6: Drive
Day 6 is a driving day. It’s more than seven hours from the Grand Canyon back to Los Angeles, but you’ll pass through the Mojave National Preserve and, if you want to take another detour, you can add a day in Palm Springs before returning to the coast.
Day 7: Los Angeles
So much time in the desert calls for a beach day. On your last day in L.A., we recommend seeing Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Or if you’re familiar with the California sights, head a little way out of town to Huntington Beach for a little surfing action.
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