Death Valley and Lake Havasu

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We propose this small loop as an addition to the main route, e.g. to 5 National Parks in Utah . It starts and ends in Las Vegas, but can also be chosen from an RV rental in Los Angeles or any other Cruise America rental on the West Coast. Death Valley is the lowest-lying area in North America and one of the national parks worth seeing.

Details of a camper trip through Death Valley

  • Departure: Las Vegas
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Route length: 745 miles
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We create the routes that we publish on the website in cooperation with Cruise America - the largest camper rental company in the USA and Canada. In the fall of 2020, we became the only and official representative of the Cruise America rental company in Poland. Plan your campervan vacation in the USA with us. The costs of this ready-made route are provided at the end of the article, but you can now open our price search engine at and check the rental dates you are interested in in over 40 locations in the USA and Canada.

Day 1 and 2 – Death Valley by camper

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To see Death Valley, we will depart from Furnace Creek. You can stay at a campground in the national park or at the nearby Furnace Creek Inn - here you can also eat at the restaurant, shop or go to the lowest golf course in America. Take this opportunity to head towards Stovepipe Wells as you will be heading in the opposite direction tomorrow.

From May to September, trips to Death Valley and other desert areas are not recommended. You travel at your own risk and are not covered by insurance. At certain times of the year this area poses a danger to the driver and passengers.

Day 3 - Barstow

Those who left Los Angeles will have to step back a bit. Today we are heading towards Barstow. Looking at the map you might think it's a long way, but the Providence Mountains and Devil's Playground are located between Death Valley and Lake Havasu. There are simply no shortcuts.

Day 4 and 5 – Mojave Desert and Lake Havasu

The interstate is a quick drive through the Mojave Desert, so you'll soon arrive at Lake Havatsu State Park, where you'll be able to admire the picturesque lake shore. The highlight of this popular recreation area is the old London Bridge, which was moved from the Thames and rebuilt in the late 1960s. Each stone was marked with a number to make it easier to recreate the bridge in a new place.

Day 6 – Blake Ranch – you can drive Route 66

We return to Interstate 40 north of Lake Havasu and head to Blake Ranch east of Kingman. Since it's only a 90-minute drive, you might be tempted to take the exit onto Route 66 (towards Kingman Airport) to take one of the last sections of this legendary road remaining today, and reach Seligman or even Ash Fork, and then return to Interstate 40 and continue to Blake Ranch (exit 66).

Day 7 – Grand Canyon

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Since Blake Ranch is close to the Grand Canyon, some of you are probably heading there. Those returning to Las Vegas will have time to visit Chloride on the way back, and from there the road leads straight to the place where you will return your rental camper. Chloride is an abandoned town next to a former silver mine. A handful of residents remained there, thanks to whom the town did not fall into oblivion. 120 miles to Las Vegas.

Camper in the USA costs - C25 motorhome Cruise America

In the following calculation for renting a camper at Cruise America, I assumed a C25 camper. This is the most frequently chosen type of camper by Poles renting campers from Cruise America and Cruise Canada. C25 is a 5-person camper, or actually 4+1. You can read more about the types of campers in the article: Types and equipment of campers for rent in the USA and Canada.

Campervan rental prices are flexible and depend on demand and change weekly. Renting a camper in Las Vegas in high season, e.g. in July and August, costs about $2,000-2,500 for 7 days, but after September 6, prices drop significantly and renting in September or October can cost as much as $65 per day.

To rent a camper you need to add:

  • Cost of miles purchased (800 miles): approx. $290
  • Camper deposit : $500
  • Costs of staying at campsites . You can assume that accommodation at a campsite will cost from USD 20 to USD 150 per night.
  • Fuel costs. With the current average fuel price in California at $6.00/gallon, the cost to drive 1,000 miles comes to approximately $450-$747. Campers from Cruise America can travel from 6 miles to 10 miles on 1 gallon of fuel. Hence the forks.

Camper rental at Cruise America includes:

  • Additional RV insurance: approximately $19.95 per day
  • Early Bird Departure: approx. $480
  • Personal kit (i.e. pillows, bedding, sleeping bag, towels): approx. $75 per person
  • Vehicle Provisioning Kit (kitchen equipment): approximately $125

*Personal kit and Vehicle Provisioning Kit are an additional option here, because tourists often prefer to buy all the necessary things themselves.

Ready-made camper routes around the USA and Canada

You can now download the tourbook from our e-book store and start planning your vacation: 16 camper routes around the USA and Canada . You will find much more information in the tourbook. Renting a camper in the USA is safe and simple!

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