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Old Sep 27, 02, 1:53 am   #1
 
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how's the drive between LA & Las Vegas?

I'm thinking about flying into LA and renting a car to drive to Las Vegas instead of flying into Las Vegas directly.

Does the drive take 4 hours (from either Santa Monica or LAX to the Strip)? Is it scenic at all?

I'm usually not fond of long-distance drives and thought maybe I can break up the journey in Palm Springs, but that would require a detour.

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Old Sep 27, 02, 6:03 am   #2
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Its a very interesting drive for someone who doesn't normally spend time in the desert. I think it is very very scenic: you get to see large parts of LA, the Angeles forest, mountains, and desert. If you're going in the summer, you can also experience unbelievable heat.

I'd stop in Baker (the world famous Bun Boy restaurant along with the world's largest thermometer), The Joshua Tree national monument, Nevada stateline (Whiskey Pete's casino and a huge outlet mall).

The drive from LAX-LAS can be done in 4-4.5 hours, but that involves speeding and does not allow time for stops or to see anything interesting. If you allow 6 hours during the day, its a very enjoyable trip.
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Old Sep 27, 02, 2:46 pm   #3
 
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If you're into shopping there are several outlet centers on the way. The best one, IMHO, near Barstow.
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Old Sep 27, 02, 3:46 pm   #4
 
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Try to avoid driving to Las Vegas on Fridays and returning to L.A. on Sundays. An estimated 100,000 Southern Californians make this trip every weekend.
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Old Sep 27, 02, 5:39 pm   #5
 
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First, make sure your car rental agreement allows you drive outside California.

I will also avoid the traffic peak hours (7 AM - 9 AM, 4PM - 7 PM). It can easily take you 2 hours just to cross from LAX to San Bernadino (I-10/I-15 intersection) with traffic. From San Bernadino to Las Vegas strip, if you just follow the traffic flow (which is about 80 miles per hour), you will get to Las Vegas less than three hours. (around 200 miles)
Listen to the traffic radio if the traffic gets heavy, it will save you a lot of time.
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Old Sep 30, 02, 4:32 pm   #6
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I have done it twice. It actually is very boring and very little to see, eat or do for the 4-5 hr. I would not recommend it as one's time is better spent by flying LAS to LAX at about $89 RT and seeing the really interesting stuff in the LAX and LAS locales.

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Old Sep 30, 02, 8:41 pm   #7
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National has a $55 RT LAX-LAS off peak.
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In a word: Mind Numbingly Boring. Totally fustrating when you get stuck behind an RV outside Boron.

However, if you've never done it, go for it and at least you can say you've done it once.
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Old Oct 1, 02, 6:13 am   #9
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Did you guys actually look out the window, or were you completely focused on getting to Vegas?

I think it is worth doing once.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by sfvoyage:
Does the drive take 4 hours (from either Santa Monica or LAX to the Strip)? Is it scenic at all?</font>
Well, IMO you should rather calculate with 5-6 hours driving time (depending on the weekday and the time you're starting from LAX).

And no, it's not "scenic" at all. It's boring boring boring - at least to me.


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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">I'm usually not fond of long-distance drives and thought maybe I can break up the journey in Palm Springs, but that would require a detour.</font>
This detour would be too much.



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Old Oct 2, 02, 9:58 am   #11
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by skofarrell:
The Joshua Tree national monument...</font>
Although a little south of the direct LA - Vegas route, the Joshua Tree National Park is well worth the time IMO. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the park.

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/
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Old Oct 2, 02, 7:55 pm   #12
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Agreed. Seeing the trees at night when the moon is full is more interesting/weider than during the during the day.

Again, this is not a drive I'd want to do every week, but as long as you don't mind driving, I think its worth it.

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Old Oct 2, 02, 8:57 pm   #13
 
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Thanks for all your feedback. I am tending towards not doing the drive at this point, not only because 5-6 hours of driving would be too much for me, but also because my whole itinerary is up in the air. I am having no luck so far upgrading my transpacific flights (HKG-JFK and SFO-HKG on UA, using LH miles, but I guess that's for another board).

By the way, what's IMO?

Thanks again.
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Old Oct 3, 02, 3:48 am   #14
 
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sfvoyage, based on your comments and preferences, you would be making the right decision by not driving LAX-LAS.

If the National $55 RT fare that QuietLion suggested is not available, you may wish to consider Southwest for their $55 RT fares.

National Airlines
www.nationalairlines.com

Southwest Airlines
www.southwestairlines.com

JetBlue Airways
(this link added after mtm767's post below)
www.jetblue.com

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I hope your trip still works out for you.

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Old Oct 3, 02, 12:04 pm   #15
 
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by MRLIMO:
If the National $55 RT fare that QuietLion suggested is not available, you may wish to consider Southwest for their $55 RT fares.</font>
In addition, JetBlue is offering a $55 LGB/LAS RT.

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