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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

Hi everyone,

I need to get to Las Vegas from Los Angeles on the 27th of July but instead of flying, I would like to go by road assuming the ride will be a scenic(ish) one. I do not drive so I will take a bus. Does anyone have any recommendations?

I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza around West Hollywood so close departure point would be much appreciated  Smile

Oh and please something other than Greyhound and possibly for less than 100 USD.

Thanks

P.S: I will have million other questions but this is just a start.. Be warned  Smile


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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4125 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4122 times:



Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I need to get to Las Vegas from Los Angeles on the 27th of July but instead of flying, I would like to go by road assuming the ride will be a scenic(ish) one. I do not drive so I will take a bus. Does anyone have any recommendations?

I don't know about the topography from where you are in Turkey, or where you live right now, but honestly its mostly desert once you leave the LA metro area. If you are going to Las Vegas on the weekend, the roads are jammed.

My opinion: if you can get a cheap plane ticket, maybe you can just take that. It's quick and relatively easy.

As far as non-Greyhound options, there's this Chinatown bus, but I don't know how they are.

http://www.gotobus.com/bus/



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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3006 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4097 times:

Don't Amtrak run a bus LA - Las Vegas?

Once you climb up out of the LA suburbs, up the Cajon Pass, you've got a long straight desert road with nothing noteworthy, except a couple of towns (including Apple Vally, where my cousins live!). Might be worth takign the bus for the variation in transport, but flying would probably be better on this particular route.

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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4085 times:



Quoting Signol (Reply 2):
Don't Amtrak run a bus LA - Las Vegas?

Amtrak's connecting service from LAX to LAS is actually operated by Greyhound, which is not nearly as nice as the Amtrak-dedicated Thruway buses which run all across California.


User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

Hope your bus stops at Baker, home of the world's largest thermometer next to the old Bun Buy (now Bob's Big Boy) restaurant.

Largest thermometer and Bun/Big Boy? ...nevermind.  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25444 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

Well if you dont want to fly -- suggest maybe you rent a car for the day which you certainly should be able to do for $100.

As others have suggested the drive is rather boring being mostly thru desert once out of the Los Angeles metro area. Being a Sunday, traffic should not be too bad headed to Vegas (most people come back that day), however to avoid the heat I would start very early like 6am to make it to Vegas before noon.



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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4072 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):
suggest maybe you rent a car for the day which you certainly should be able to do for $100.

Could

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I do not drive so I will take a bus.

maybe mean he doesn't have a driving licence? You know, back here in the old world we actually have to learn to drive to be allowed in the drivers seat  duck   Wink.

Or maybe he just doesn't like to drive if he can take a bus  Smile.



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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4064 times:

It's just desert for hours.. quite a boring drive, and Greyhound buses between LA and LAS don't attract the best crowd.

If you want to fly LAX-LAS, it's $99 one-way plus tax on either US, DL, or WN. WN has a bunch of non-stop flights, prices out to $110 total.

-A



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User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3018 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

I like the drive to Vegas, though mine is from PHX and I have only done the highway to LAS from LA once. Yes, the desert can be kinda boring. But it can also be fascinating if that is not what you are used to experiencing. Yes a flight is more 'convenient', but if I were in your shoes, I'd rent a car and experience the drive; I generally get more from that than Vegas itself. (That's sad)

VERY important part though.
You MUST bring along a copy of U2's The Joshua Tree.
You'll end up playing it more than once, guaranteed.

Have fun!



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User currently offlineGlid4500 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 587 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

Amtrak has Thruway Bus service from LAUS and Las Vegas. It's provided by Greyhound. The other thing about thruway is that your itenerary MUST include a train.

Since Megabus ceased westcoast operations, your only option is to take a CoachUSA bus from the Anaheim Disneyland Resort area. Actually the pick-up location is at the CoachUSA TicketOffice on Manchester Ave. The Anaheim-Las Vegas schedules are cheap & usually carries about 10-20 passengers. They make a rest/mealstop in Barstow, California at a convenient store/restaurant.



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

I have driven this route a few times. It's not so scenic and driving in LA is an adventure. Rather park my car at LAS and hop a cheap flight.

User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4044 times:



Quoting 4holer (Reply 8):
Yes, the desert can be kinda boring.

Boring? Not with these desert attractions along I-15.







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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26508 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4004 times:



Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I would like to go by road assuming the ride will be a scenic(ish) one.

It is just ok. Mainly just a long, hot, dusty drive that will make you love your A/C.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
I do not drive so I will take a bus. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Fly. Seriously, it is actually a much prettier route from the air, as you can see all the mountains and the like.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):

I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza around West Hollywood so close departure point would be much appreciated

Are you staying at the Hyatt Century Plaza or the Hyatt West Hollywood (formerly known as the Continental Hyatt House, or the Riot House when rock bands passed through). If it is the former, it isn't really "around" West Hollywood, though it isn't that far. It is actually a block from my office.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 11):

Boring? Not with these desert attractions along I-15.

LOL. Zzyzzx Road and the Baker thermometer telling you just how hot it is outside are funny, but it doesn't really make up for places like Barstow, Devore and Victorville.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6041 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3971 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 12):
LOL. Zzyzzx Road and the Baker thermometer telling you just how hot it is outside are funny, but it doesn't really make up for places like Barstow, Devore and Victorville.

Devore is nothing to write home aboout, either.

Also, of note, you'll pass the now-closed Rock-a-Hula water park at Lake Delores that was only open for two seasons. Why someone built a water park in the middle of the desert, with very little draw to it is beyond me, but it's been done before with places like Silverwood Amusement Park in Athol, Idaho.

The best place to stop for a snack/lunch is Barstow, but Baker works, too. On the north side of Barstow is Peggy Sue's Nifty 50's Diner. In Maker is the Mad Greek (run by an authentic greek family.)



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User currently offlineVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 919 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3941 times:



Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):

TurkishWings,
I go back and forth to Vegas fairly often from LA and would suggest that you stop off at the Ghost Town (Calico) along the way, I've never tried it myself (intend too though) but my friends have and said it was a nice place to visit with authentic western saloons and souvenir shops. I believe there's a fee to get into the town but its not too expensive.

Probably worthwhile breaking the trip up with a stopover in Barstow or Baker. I personally prefer Barstow to Baker but you may want to try the nearest thing to a doner kebap at the Mad Greek which is in Baker. You can also stop off at Primm Valley as you get close to Vegas and do some shopping at the Outlets there. Unfortunately, the Bonnie & Clyde exhibition at Primm Valley is not there as that would also be an interesting sight. They currently have some other stock cars and stuff in the Primm Casino instead of the Bonnie & Clyde exhibits but its still worth a stop if you're not in a rush.

I would suggest not getting a bus and hiring a car as you aren't able to stop over the places you want when you take a bus. Look up Avis Rent-a-car or a similar car rental company and hire a car in LA and drop it off in Vegas, this generally costs around $20-$30 a day to hire (insurance included). You may also want to check a website http://www.roadsideamerica.com/map/ca which maps out all the wierd and odd sights you can find along the highways. You will be taking the I-15 north to Vegas so just look up all the places along the 15 you want to stop by, the map may be a bit old so I would ring up ahead of time and check to see if the place in question is still open if you do decide to use it.

How long are you planning to stay in Vegas?

Virgin744


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3928 times:



Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
Angeles on the 27th of July but instead of flying, I would like to go by road assuming the ride will be a scenic(ish) one. I do not drive so I will take a bus.

I join the band over here that is saying that, if the bus sticks to the Interstate this will be a boring ride.
In that case, fly from LAX (or BUR, LGB, SNA) to LAS.

"Car" would be the better option, especially when allowing 2 days for the drive with a stop in Barstow. That way you could explore the countryside off the Interstate(s) (including some a/c storage facilities), while on the second day, you could detour either via Laughlin or Death Valley Junction to Las Vegas.
Many of the recommendations given by the earlier posters can be confirmed. Too bad that you "do not drive" ...

Btw, have you tried to get into contact with some of the local A.netters, who might conincidently go from L.A. to LV on those dates, too ? Might be interesting to join them in their drive ...
-HT



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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3924 times:

Route 15 is very boring. Everytime I did LAS-VCV there was a bad accident on it. Look out for the CHP's,too.


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26508 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3889 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 7):
If you want to fly LAX-LAS, it's $99 one-way plus tax on either US, DL, or WN. WN has a bunch of non-stop flights, prices out to $110 total.

That is the fully flexible price AFAIK. Tickets on that route can still be had for about $100 RT.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 13):

The best place to stop for a snack/lunch is Barstow, but Baker works, too. On the north side of Barstow is Peggy Sue's Nifty 50's Diner. In Maker is the Mad Greek (run by an authentic greek family.)

I generally think Barstow is better, if nothing but for the significantly cheaper gas and greater selection. That said, the Mad Greek is pretty damn good.

Quoting HT (Reply 15):

"Car" would be the better option, especially when allowing 2 days for the drive with a stop in Barstow.

2 days? Why in the world would you take 2 days to drive 4.5-5.5 hours? And further, why would you stop for the night in Barstow?

Quoting United_Fan (Reply 16):
Look out for the CHP's,too.

They are fairly chill about pulling people over for speeding, usually reserving it for the really crazy drivers.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6041 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3875 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
They are fairly chill about pulling people over for speeding, usually reserving it for the really crazy drivers.

Yeah, usually I-15 between Barstow and Primm, Nevada resembles the Autobahn, with cars doing upwards of 100 MPH.



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User currently offlineFastEddie07 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3858 times:



Quoting Confuscius (Reply 11):
Boring? Not with these desert attractions along I-15.

Haha, What's down that road do you know. I remember Virgin America had that on their website.


User currently offlineFastEddie07 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3849 times:



Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
Hi everyone,

I need to get to Las Vegas from Los Angeles on the 27th of July but instead of flying, I would like to go by road assuming the ride will be a scenic(ish) one. I do not drive so I will take a bus. Does anyone have any recommendations?

I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza around West Hollywood so close departure point would be much appreciated

Oh and please something other than Greyhound and possibly for less than 100 USD.

Thanks

P.S: I will have million other questions but this is just a start.. Be warned

message me, i think i can help


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26508 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3839 times:



Quoting FastEddie07 (Reply 19):

Haha, What's down that road do you know.

The CSU System's Desert Study Center at what used to be a hot spring resort.



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3839 times:



Quoting FastEddie07 (Reply 19):
What's down that road do you know.

Not sure, but I think a graveyard for extraterrestrial beings.



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User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3833 times:



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 18):
Yeah, usually I-15 between Barstow and Primm, Nevada resembles the Autobahn, with cars doing upwards of 100 MPH.

100's pushing it. I have it on very good authority - check that - excellent authority that as long as you keep it under 85, you'll be OK to the NV line.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3824 times:



Quoting Confuscius (Reply 11):
Boring? Not with these desert attractions along I-15.

Great, you just ruined the suprise only California sights worth seeing on the way to Vegas. Now he's definately better off flying.

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 23):
100's pushing it. I have it on very good authority - check that - excellent authority that as long as you keep it under 85, you'll be OK to the NV line.

I see your profile says you're a peace officer, so I won't question you, but at least the last time I drove to Vegas (3 years) I was doing "around" 85 almost the entire way and people (including CHP officers) were passing me like I was standing still.

The rule of thumb I learned while learning to drive/driving in Southern California was to go no greater than either

(a) You felt was safe for the conditions (plus keeping in mind California's "Basic Speed Law")
(b) The flow of the traffic around you.

That is, if you're passing everyone else / cutting in and out of lanes... you're going to get yourself noticed, but if you're in the middle of a pack and you aren't driving like an idiot all is well.

It's one of those things you don't realize how cool the CHP is until you move to a police state like Ohio where you'll get nailed for 66 in a 60 if the officer's having a bad day.

The CHP is generally a very cool group... you drive safe, they leave you alone. You drive like an idiot, they remind you that you aren't the only person on the road.

I never did understand, though, why I've seen CHP officers on I-15 north of Primm... Is California trying to anex Nevada or something?



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25 FastEddie07 : I was once told Ohio was a great place to be FROM..lol I agree, I usually set my cruise on 80-90 and thats passing a lot of cars but I also get passe
26 Post contains links TurkishWings : Hi guys... Thanks for all the great answers... Driving, as I said, is out of question as I do not even have a driving license yet. So, I will either f
27 Post contains links TurkishWings : I am staying at the Century Plaza. The West Hollywood hotel is under renovation now to become an Andaz early next year. I would stay at a more centra
28 HT : Thanks for putting that straight. I thought I already had put the reason into my earlier post: Nightstopping in Barstow would allow to head for MHV f
29 F9Animal : Born and raised in Vegas here. The drive is very boring actually. Not much in terms of scenery. Lots of desert, and that is about it. Barstow is a go
30 4holer : By bus, my recommendation for listening to "The Joshua Tree" still stands, and the headphones will filter out the circus freak atmosphere of the bus.
31 DocLightning : It's a long, dusty, VERY hot uphill drive where they might have to shut off the A/C if the bus starts to overheat. It's a four-lane highway, which is
32 N1120A : Hey, I would stay at the Century Plaza over the Riot House any day. It is still plenty central and is incredibly nice, not to mention exclusive.
33 HT : Do you use US-93 from Kingman to Hoover Dam - or do you drive via the Davis Dam (Laughlin) and then US-95 ? The US-93 in that stretch really makes on
34 SlamClick : This city pair is the best argument for train service I can think of here in the US. I love the desert, it pleases me more than just about any other k
35 N1120A : They are, though the Desert Wind was cut 11 years ago, which severed Las Vegas from the Amtrak train network. The problem is that the rails are domin
36 United_Fan : I remember doing that drive in a Cavalier rental,the alternator started to go.I was getting nervous,because I didn't have a cell phone. I made it to a
37 Post contains links and images WCS : I know this neighborhood pretty well. I had this trip quite a few times. Just do it. My advice: avoid the bus and rent a car. I also suggest a route b
38 Cytz_pilot : Wow, funny coincidence - my wife and I just did about half of that route over the weekend. We were going from the Fresno area, so we went through Bake
39 4holer : Generally, the US-93 over Hoover (while we can!). That long straight stretch is boring, except that one mountain to the north that looks like a boobi
40 Post contains links DocLightning : http://www.desertxpress.com/ Watch the NIMBYs kill this one, too.
41 Goldenshield : If by 'downtown' you mean 5 miles south of the city, then you'd be right. However, the outlets are pretty much the only thing there is between Victor
42 ScarletHarlot : I have to laugh. How many times does the OP have to say that he cannot drive? Now he's even specified that he doesn't have a driver's license and stil
43 N1120A : That POS doesn't need NIMBYs to kill it. Victorville-Las Vegas is not some hot rail corridor.
44 LASOctoberB6 : I don't know why, but that sign is awesome. Maybe because it's the only green thing out there? NHP can be a pain in the ass too. Right outside Las Ve
45 Alfa75 : Then why go?
46 4holer : If I always got my own way, I wouldn't. I don't DISLIKE it there, I'm just not into gambling or clubs much. People-watching is entertaining, and my l
47 Post contains links TurkishWings : I am taking Lux Coach America it seems. Looks like a good coach company and they will pick me up from my hotel as well....
48 HT : Appears to be a good choice. Enjoy LV ! -HT
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