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Avoiding the Memorial Day Crowds

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One rule about travel planning - if you want to vacation with a bit of sanity, then avoid traveling on the days where the crowds are sure to come out in droves!

My family was planning for a roadtrip during the Memorial Day weekend since my father would be able to get off from work as early as Friday afternoon. However, that would be the day most people would be driving out of Los Angeles and so many of our relatives and friends discouraged us from leaving with the crowds! In one instance, my aunt said that during one Memorial Day weekend, they left for Las Vegas (normally a 4 hour drive) on a Friday and arrived early morning on a Saturday! So we have been getting bombardment about changing our roadtrip plans for about two weeks prior to the planned travel dates.

The original plan was to go to Utah for Zion National Park and Bryce National Park over a 5 day, 4 night trip. This I planned when I visited Roger (X_Drive) and May (cotton_foam) during my stay over at May's place on the weekend of May 2nd. However events turned out the we swore off car rental from Hertz due to poor customer service, and our new preferred car rental (Enterprise) had deals but were limited to the states of California, Arizona and Nevada only. Anything further and it would mean a hefty surcharge.

So we planned for a shorter period but a generally not-so-rushed road trip (although next time I know I will spend more time on the road if time allows). And that involved going to Arizona first via the I-40 where on a Sunday, we wouldn't be expecting as much traffic in that direction.

And the plan was set - first to Phoenix [Phoenix-travel-guide-6140] (where my father had a grade school classmate of his that he was visiting again), then on to Sedona [Sedona-travel-guide-6383], overnight in Flagstaff [Flagstaff-travel-guide-5499], and then on to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon before ending up in Las Vegas. And then back to Los Angeles on a Wednesday...I estimated about 1500 miles driving over 4 days, which would be a very interesting roadtrip since I would be driving all of the way.

Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in USA

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