I am sorry to probably ask a question that is asked a million times . . Flying into vegas late june - picking up a rental car after spending one day in the city and have 4 days to drive around the area, then back to Vegas for one more day before flying home late on day 6.
Was looking at the Canyon, Route 66, Death Valley - I am an amateur photographer so want to click away as much as I can. Ghost towns, landmarks, etc. etc.
google maps says 2.5 hours to Route 66 from Vegas, and 2 hours from Vegas to Death Valley . . . . should I plan on spending a night in each place? or are they truly do-able in a day . . . I have a hotel booked for the total time in Vegas to use as a base, but am quite fine with booking a motel or two for a few extra nights . .
Any input greatly, greatly appreciated.
Since you are going in late June, you will find out first hand how Death Valley got its name. Day time temps will be over 100º F during that time of the year. Buy plenty of water and food in Vegas before you head to DV. There is limited lodging and dining in the park so it can be a little on the expensive side. I don't think a trip there would be do-able in a day, but when I visit a National Park I like to see as much as I can. You might go later in the day and get a few evening shots in and then drive back to Vegas. Another approach would be to leave Vegas before sunrise, get some early shots done; see how the day goes and decide if you want to get out in the evening before heading back to Vegas.
Not sure what type of car you are renting, but I would not get a convertible. You will fry at that time of year, both in Vegas and Death Valley.