Week 1 Itinerary

Day 1
We leave Columbus, Ohio at 1:30PM. Our first day is all driving, hoping to make it to Amarillo, Texas by sunrise.

Day 2
We arrive at the Cadillac Ranch on the outskirts of Amarillo, just before sunrise. We check out the landmark for a while and take some pictures before heading to Holbrook and the Wigwam Motel.

Day 3
We head out bright and early to Flagstaff, Arizona to check out the town for a while and have lunch at the Galaxy Diner on Route 66. Next we head up to the Arizona Snowbowl at Mt. Humphreys, and continue on to Grand Canyon National Park. Tonight we’re camping at Mather Campground at the south rim.

Day 4
We leave the Grand Canyon with two days to kill before heading to Las Vegas. We head down to the small town of Williams, Arizona to have lunch. Again, stopping at one of the small town restaurants, Goldie’s Route 66 Diner. After lunch we head west, discussing where we should spend our two free days. Finally deciding on Laughlin, Nevada, we book at room at the Tropicana Express.


Day 5
We leave Laughlin the next day and decide to head to Las Vegas a day early. We get into town and book a room at the Fremont Hotel & Casino. We spend the evening on the Fremont Street Experience and gambling in Old Vegas.

Day 6
We leave Old Vegas and cruise down the strip. After making our way through town, we take a drive out into the desert and check out Lake Mead. We return to town a couple hours before sunset and check into our hotel. Tonight we are staying at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino.

Day 7
Our friends fly in from Columbus and they are heading to Los Angeles with us. We pick them up at the airport and head over to the strip for some more gambling and lunch. We head out of Las Vegas around 4:00PM and head west to California. We arrive in Wrightwood, California just before sunset and we still have about an hour’s drive to our campsite in Angeles National Forest. We head out of town and make our way up the Blue Ridge Truck Route through the forest. We arrive at Blue Ridge Campground well after dark and set up camp. We all take a walk to the edge of the campground and can see the lights of Los Angeles filling the valley below.

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