driving the trip from LA to coachella isn't actually that bad. all you have to do is leave by 630am to get there before gates open. the drive may be tedious in the morning, but its only like 3 hours MAX if you arent speeding and it goes by fast if you have a friend. my only suggestion would be for you to be EXTREMELY careful when driving home if you plan on going for just one day. i had friends fall asleep at the wheel, or have to pull over on the shoulder of a fwy to close their eyes for 20 minutes before hitting the road again. as for parking... getting there right on time is sweet, because you have perfect parking and it's easy to leave.