Updated: May 12, 2020
Can you believe how much ground I covered in just a day and a half? The sites I wanted to cover ended up taking a lot less time than I planned. If you missed part 1, you can check that out here.
6. Las Vegas (Day 2-4)
Grand Canyon to Las Vegas 277 miles (about 4 hours 10 minutes)
Las Vegas is always a must in my book. If I am anywhere nearby, I NEED to go. I am not a big drinker but there is something about an inexpensive vacation to hang out by the pool and get some sun. I ended up heading to Vegas a day early and arrived around 11pm on day 2..yes, we did numbers 2-6 in 1 day!
Travel Tip: There were several hotels that I booked ahead of time for our road trip and there were others that I booked on the road. The Grand Canyon/Vegas situation was one where I left to chance!
On my way to Las Vegas I was able to book a great last minute hotel deal. For only $45 I got a room for the night.
The morning of day number 3 was spent at the pool and no complaints there! When finally checked out of our room, I met up with friends who had just gotten engaged and were in Vegas the same time! Their room at The Venetian was amazing, as well as the pool area being super relaxing.
The next hotel that I checked into for the night was the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino located on Fremont Street (or old Las Vegas). It had recently undergone a huge renovation of its pool area which included a shark tank pool (pictured above). If you have never been to Fremont Street, I highly recommend you visit it! At night the whole covered area lights up with an amazing light show every hour. The bars and casinos are all conveniently located next door to each other and there are nights where there aren’t many people so you feel as though you have the whole area to yourself!
My last day in Vegas was spent at Treasure Island back on the strip. That evening I went and saw a Cirque De Soleil show. Cirque shows are a must in Vegas. The acrobatics are amazing! I saw Mystere which was conveniently in the lobby of the hotel.
After the show, one of the restaurants in the hotel, KahunaVille, was offering buy one get one drinks/shots.
Travel Tip: If you do drink, finding drink deals is the way to go, otherwise you will spend a good 10-30 per drink… it can make your Vegas trip pretty expensive.
7. Palm Springs (Day 5)
Las Vegas to Palm Springs 274 miles (about 3 hours, 59 minutes)
Our friends who flew in from San Diego to meet me in Vegas, had arranged for us to take them to Coachella via Palm Springs on our way to San Diego. We arrived in Palm Springs in the evening and enjoyed a home on a golf course with a pool and hot tub. If you are into golf, there are many to choose from.
Travel Tip: I would suggest renting a home that is on the golf course because many of them have golf carts for getting around. Overall I loved the atmosphere and hope to be back one day!
8. San Diego (Days 6-8)
Palm Springs to San Diego 139 miles (about 2 hours 9 minutes)
On this trip, we visited the USS Midway, which is an aircraft carrier that is now a floating museum, went to the top of the Hyatt that overlooks downtown San Diego, headed to the cliffs of Point Loma (pictured below), and finished our evening with burgers at Hodad’s on Ocean Beach.
Ready to finish the road trip? Read part 3 now!