STEPHANIE’S ROAD TRIP
CALIFORNIA-UTAH-NEVADA-ARIZONA

20 NIGHTS/13 STOPS 

 

Exploring the West Through Iconic Destinations
My husband Frank and I, along with our children Emma (14), Elliot (11), and Lola (8), created this itinerary for a family vacation. Our goal was to discover different parts of the American West (National Parks, cities, locals). We decided to do this by traveling through several iconic destinations: San Francisco, Death Valley, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and California. We rented a car and chose a variety of accommodations. We rented a houseboat and stayed in different motels, bungalows, hotels, and even spent a night in a Hogan. It was trip full of different experiences, places and activities. Each day was unique!
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Arrival airport: 
San Francisco Intl
Departure Airport: Los Angeles Intl

5 hours flight to and from NY.

 


Large 7-seater car rental
2000 Miles  in 20 days
55 hours on the road
13 stops

Total per person: 810 $ for 20 days 
Lodging: 500$/pp for 18 nights (without breakfast)
Local transport (rent a car and taxis): 310 $/per person


Sleeping on a barge in Sausalito bay

Spending the night in the teepee tent
The horse walk in Monument Valley
 

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SAN FRANCICO
3 NIGHTS
BAY AND CITY
 

BAY AND CITY

AIRPORT to
SAN FRANCISCO
10 miles/20 min 
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BRIDGEPORT
1 NIGHT
STOP-OVER

STOP OVER

SAN FRANCISCO
to BRIDGEPORT
315 miles/7h 
  • We stayed in a cabin at the Virginia Creek settlement . This place was perfect for a stop on our way to Yosemite Park. It’s a typical American motel with a choice of tent cabins, motel rooms, or cabins.
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    On our way from San Francisco, we stopped in Sacramento and wandered around the old town of California’s capital. We had a nice lunch.
     
    In the afternoon, we stopped in Lake Tahoe, where California and Nevada meet, and continued on to Bridgeport. It’s a one-day drive with 2 beautiful stops.
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MIDPINES
2 NIGHTS
MOUNTAIN

MOUNTAIN

BRIDGEPORT 
to MIDPINES
124 miles/2h40
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LONE PINE
1 NIGHT
 STOP OVER

STOP OVER

MIDPINES to
LONE PINE
220 miles/4h20
  • We stayed at the Trails Motel . A very basic and typical American motel no our way from Yosemite to Las Vegas. It’s a perfect motel for one night.
  •  Consider stopping for lunch in the typical American town of Stovepipe Wells Village before you enter Death Valley.
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DEATH VALLEY
1 NIGHT
DESERT

DESERT

LONE PINE
to DEATH VALLEY
80 miles/1h30
  • We stayed at Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National park. There is a swimming pool which is refreshing after a long drive in the hot and dry climate.
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    Mosaic canyon and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Artist’s Drive. The start of it is about 14 miles south of the Furnace Creek Resort. It is a one-way (counter-clockwise) road that meanders through some great landscape formations
     
    Badwater: Stop here, find the marker of rocks behind parking area, and take note of how far you are below sea level. Take a stroll out onto the salt pan.

    For all hikes and walks in Death Valley, make sure to take a sun hat, even in the winter
     
    Zabriskie Point at sunset (we brought pizzas for dinner). Get there before sunrise and see all of the colors come alive in the sunrays. Come early and you will have the place to yourself to enjoy the beauty in peace.
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LAS VEGAS
1 NIGHT
 FUN

FUN

DEATH VALLEY
to LAS VEGAS
88 miles/2h
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BRYCE CANYON
2 NIGHTS
 RED SCENERY

RED

LAS VEGAS to
BRYCE CANYON
250 miles/4h20
  • We stayed at Red Canyon campground, a great site for outdoor recreation, set among a stunning backdrop. It’s a perfect base for mountain biking and hiking, if you want to add a few more days.
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    There are several spectacular views all along the road as you enter the park. Tour in “Hoodoos” – ask for them at the Visitor Center.  Awesome!
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LAKE POWELL
1 NIGHT
HORSESHOE

HORSESHOE

BRYCE CANYON to
LAKE POWELL
100 miles/1h50
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MONUMENT VALLEY
1 NIGHT
SCENERY

SCENERY

LAKE POWELL to
MONUMENT VALLEY
100 miles/1h50
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GRAND CANYON
1 NIGHT
A MUST!

A MUST!

MONUMENT VALLEY
to GRAND CANYON
100 miles/1h45 
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WILLIAMS
1 NIGHT
ROAD 66

ROAD 66

GRAND CANYON
to WILLIAMS
58 miles/1h
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SAN DIEGO
1 NIGHT
SEASIDE

SEA SIDE

WILLIAMS
to SAN DIEGO
500 miles/8h
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LOS ANGELES
4 NIGHTS
ATTRACTION PARKS

ATTRACTION PARKS

SAN DIEGO to
LOS ANGELES
110 miles/3h
 
 
 

GOOD TO KNOW

 
– We rented a large, 7-seater car.

– It was comfortable and spacious and worked well for our long road trip. 

– The roads were in good condition all along the west coast and we felt comfortable driving there, as drivers tended to follow road rules and were courteous.

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