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Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:09 am

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

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:34 am



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:51 pm

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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:26 pm



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.
 
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:48 pm

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.

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:49 pm

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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:56 pm



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:37 pm

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.

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:51 pm

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)

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:10 pm

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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:10 pm

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.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:16 pm



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

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




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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:39 pm



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:36 pm



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:31 pm



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?

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:24 pm



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 ...
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:36 pm

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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:24 pm



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:20 am



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:34 am



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.
 
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:41 am



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

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:02 am



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:04 am



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:21 am



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.
 
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:34 am



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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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:13 am



Quoting Lincoln (Reply 24):
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.

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 passed up a lot. I have a red mustang gt so I try to blend in...
 
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:37 am

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 fly or take a bus...

While doing research, I came across this coach company which picks up from the hotel and drops at Luxor hotel where I am planning to stay... This way I also save from the cost (and the time) of going to the airport and going through all that hassle. They seem to be a good company, what do you think?
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:42 am



Quoting N1120A (Reply 12):
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.

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 central hotel but being a Hyatt employee, I will stay free of charge  Smile
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:46 am



Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 26):
Driving, as I said, is out of question as I do not even have a driving license yet.

Thanks for putting that straight.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
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?

I thought I already had put the reason into my earlier post:

Quoting HT (Reply 15):
"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.

Nightstopping in Barstow would allow to head for MHV first, then on to VCV and then use the old Highway via Helendale to Barstow.
Second day: If interested in: Calico Ghost town, then head for Baker (watch out for that Thermometer), use CA-127 north to DV Junction (no entrance fee for NP on that road), turn right towards Pahrump and on to LV.

Alternative could be to nightstop in Ridgecrest (yep, it is getting even more exotic Big grin ).
First day: Similar to above, but use US-395 to Ridgecrest.
Second day: Heading north on CA-178 visit Troona Pinnacles first, then continue through the Panamint Valley for DV (either via Wildrose - weather battled road at stretches) or via CA-190. A short detour on CA-190 to the west will take you to an overlook over the Panamint Valley, which IIRC is called Father Crawley Point located at 36.354568, -117.541450 (4WD was useful for the last 100 yards during my last visit) where you can watch a/c from China Lake Naval Weapons Center soaring along the bottom of the Panamint Valley (i.e. well below you).
Back on CA-190 cross the DV (pay entrance fee !) and head for LV either via Pahrump or Beatty (Amargosa Valley is another option).

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:49 am



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?

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 good place to stop off and grab a bite to eat. I have done the drive about 10-15 times, and found myself actually falling asleep at the wheel once. I have NEVER fallen asleep at the wheel, and this was a first, and certainly last. Luckily my passenger caught me in time, otherwise I would not be typing this.

Rental car is your best shot. I would suggest flying it, as you will get a much nicer view up at the altitude.

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 26):
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 fly or take a bus...

While doing research, I came across this coach company which picks up from the hotel and drops at Luxor hotel where I am planning to stay... This way I also save from the cost (and the time) of going to the airport and going through all that hassle. They seem to be a good company, what do you think?

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:33 pm



Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 26):
Driving, as I said, is out of question as I do not even have a driving license yet. So, I will either fly or take a bus...

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.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:58 pm

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 absurdly under-suited to the task.

Until they get the DesertExpress up and running, I strongly recommend flying.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:00 pm



Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 27):

I would stay at a more central hotel but being a Hyatt employee, I will stay free of charge

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.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:02 pm



Quoting 4holer (Reply 8):
I like the drive to Vegas, though mine is from PHX

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 one sleepy, with almost zero distraction from the landscape. In that case, "music turned on loud" is a must.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:09 pm

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 kind of terrain, but it is not for everyone. The route is too long for a car and too short for an airplane and too [whatever] for the bus.

Flying over Las Vegas on a friday night there is an unbroken string of headlights from Cajon pass all the way to the strip. On sunday night there is a solid red line of tail lights the other way. It is an astonishing sight.

The rails are in place, are they not?
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:24 pm



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 34):

The rails are in place, are they not?

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 dominated by freight carriers who refuse to give the ROW to passenger trains. What needs to happen is HSR lines, not Mag Lev lines, should be built and service commenced. There is plenty of space and traffic to justify it.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 34):
This city pair is the best argument for train service I can think of here in the US.

There are lots of them.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:44 pm

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 rest area,turning off the radio and a/c. I was also nervous because I had Sigfriend and Roy tickets for that nite. On a whim,I smacked the alternator with a water bottle,and it was okay!
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:52 pm

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 by the south via the I10. Next locate Twentynine Palms on the map. Once there, take the road to Amboy. You will enjoy such a non boring, great landscape:

http://photos1.usa-pictures.com/pictures/USA/CA/USA-California---0-592.jpg
http://photos1.usa-pictures.com/pictures/USA/CA/USA-California-Amboy--0-232.jpg
http://photos1.usa-pictures.com/pictures/USA/CA/USA-California---0-234.jpg
http://photos1.usa-pictures.com/pictures/USA/CA/USA-California-Amboy--0-233.jpg

Amboy is quick-and-nice place to see, a must if you ask me. You will then route via the Mojave National Preserve and connect the I15 to Vegas. There is a nice mall entering Nevada in Primm, if you want to do some shopping.
On the way back, you can stop in Calico (the Ghost town), never done that before so no idea if it worth it. Next, entering Barstow, there is an amazing Steak House where you should have lunch. There also is a large factory outlet downtown, worth your money for decent and inexpensive shopping.
You will then enjoy a large collection of wind mills on your way to LA. Have a safe trip, and please, publish your pictures on usa-pictures.com!
Hope this help,

Raphael

[Edited 2008-07-15 13:00:05]
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:17 pm

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 Bakersfield, Tehachapi & Mojave, then hit Interstate 15 at Barstow. The road is pretty dull unless you're not used to seeing the desert, but we did see some pretty wicked storm action along the way, where we could see isolated thunderstorms in the distance.

If you drive, be careful - there is a lot of traffic, all moving fast, and it would be a pretty inhospitable place to break down or have an accident. (We passed several)
 
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:24 pm



Quoting HT (Reply 33):
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 one sleepy, with almost zero distraction from the landscape. In that case, "music turned on loud" is a must.

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 boobie (cue Beavis and Butthead chuckling). But it is a stretch that I have attained great vehicle speed on. I've done the Laughlin route a few times, but to Primm for conferences. That is even less interesting, except for that outcropping going uphill east of Laughlin that looks like it is flipping you off. (cue Beavis) You can see that boring roads require imagination to make them pass easier!

If I had to drive to Vegas on a Friday, I'd likely go Laughlin though. One can only experience multi hour delays at the dam checkpoint so many times before they say "never again".
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:30 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 35):
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 dominated by freight carriers who refuse to give the ROW to passenger trains. What needs to happen is HSR lines, not Mag Lev lines, should be built and service commenced. There is plenty of space and traffic to justify it.

http://www.desertxpress.com/

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:39 pm



Quoting WCS (Reply 37):
There also is a large factory outlet downtown, worth your money for decent and inexpensive shopping.

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 Victorville and Baker—aside from an exit or two in Barstow.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:22 am

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 still someone posted and told him to drive it. And how many more people will join the thread to tell him he should rent a car and drive?

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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:25 am



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 40):

Watch the NIMBYs kill this one, too.

That POS doesn't need NIMBYs to kill it. Victorville-Las Vegas is not some hot rail corridor.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:40 am



Quoting Confuscius (Reply 11):

I don't know why, but that sign is awesome. Maybe because it's the only green thing out there?

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

NHP can be a pain in the ass too. Right outside Las Vegas they just love to have people lined up..

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 18):
Nevada resembles the Autobahn,

No it don't. I hate driving here.

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 29):
Born and raised in Vegas here.

So?  Wink

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 40):

Watch the NIMBYs kill this one, too.

They already did.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:49 am



Quoting 4holer (Reply 8):
I generally get more from that than Vegas itself. (That's sad)

Then why go?
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:33 am



Quoting Alfa75 (Reply 45):

Quoting 4holer (Reply 8):
I generally get more from that than Vegas itself. (That's sad)

Then why go?

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 liver takes a hit, which is fun as well, so I don't argue against it much when "the group" decides it wants to go.
Just enjoy the road trip part more, that's all.
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:49 am

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....
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RE: Los Angeles To Las Vegas By Road

Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:53 am



Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 47):
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....

Appears to be a good choice.
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