i will be driving back from st. george to phoenix airport for a redeye flight. according to google map, it's shorter and faster to go take I-15 to vegas and US93 + US60 to phoenix. total distance is 417 miles and estimated time 8hrs43min. however, if i take US89 to flagstaff and I-17 to phoenix, it's just about 435 miles and a little over 9 hours, not much farther or longer than travel through vegas.
can anyone help me decide which route i should take? a few factors to consider:
scenery along the road: i will be going visiting sedona and page on my way to st. george, so i will have seen I-17 and US89 already. however, if it's real pretty, i don't mind seeing it again, especially if there's nothing much on I-15 and US93. but since my flight is at midnight, much of my driving will be after dark.
side trip: i can do one or two quick stops along the way. but i do NOT plan to stop in vegas.
traffic: is the traffic around vegas gonna be bad? are the US93+US60 and US89 closed highway? are they 2 lane or 4 lane?
i would appreciate any sugguestion! thank you!