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Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

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Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

Hi

I am not sure if I should have posted to the current thread about travelling to San Diego from L:as Vegas by car or start my own one....so I've started my own :)

We are going to Las Vegas for 6 nights then onto San Diego for 5 nights in October. We are travelling in a party of 6 and my boyfriend and I have decided that we would like to drive from Las Vegas to San Diego instead of flying with the rest of the group. Our thoughts are that it will give us some time to ourselves and we really like the idea of jumping in the car and getting to see more of the country on the ground rather than from a plane. Hopefully getting to do some exploring along the way.

My question is - Can anyone recommend a route that will take no longer than a day, but will take in some of the amazing sights on the way? We would like to stop off at National Parks or any places of interest eg. Death Valley. We will be leaving Las Vegas on a Friday, if this makes any difference.

Thanks for your help

Spooky

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1. Re: Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

Dear Spooky

The easiest / fastest drive from LV to San Diego is straight down I-15. It takes about six hours or so to make the drive.

My travel planner software says the trip to Las Vegas to Furnace Creek in Death Valley will take about 5 hours 15 minutes.

From Furnace Creek to San Diego is another 8 hours.

So it will be a very long day. But you may find it worthwhile.

I think you might want to stay on 15 and research some calculated stops or small detours alon gthe way. If you have not spent anytime in a desert then the drive will demonstrate how big the Mohave is.

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spookywood, One other idea to experience the desert might be to wait until you are inSanDiego County and take a day trip to th edesert at ANza Borrego State Park. YOu can drive through lovely countryside up over a small mt into the desert and back. There are several places to stop off and it would make for a pleasant day.

The drive from Las Vegas is really straight highway .Death Valley is at least a 5 hour detour in the wrong direction! The highway goes through tthe desert so you will be experiencing it as you go. Sadly there is really nothing of interest along the way.

Actually,now that I think of it ,when you are inLas Vegas therea re day trips you could take to see some sights. There is a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. There is Red Rocks Park nearby. I fyou drive north on I-15 from Vegas you will reach Zion national Park in the state of Utah.

Those would be more logical in my opinion. Drive to SanDiego if you want some alone time BUT I think flying is the better way.

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3. Re: Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

spookywood, You could also do a day trip to Death Valley from Las Vegas. Do you guys really need 6 days of sitting in a casino?

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There are lots of places to see if you have more time but if you want to complete the journey in a day ,you will have to use the intersates for most of your journey.But you can try this route which is part of the drive tour we done in August.Leave Las Vegas and go over to the Hoover Dam you can pull in at the side of the road once you have crossed over the dam then walk back a little for a closer look then head south to Kingman, from Kingman take Route 66 to Oatman.Oatman is an old Gold rush town that even has cowboys putting on a gunfight in the afternoon.Wild burros[like donkeys] roam the streets and you are able to feed.For more info Google or go to www.desertusa.com.Leave Oatman and head for interstate 40 towards Los Angeles then pick up interstate 15 to San Diego.

It going to be a long drive so start early.Also a word of warning if you decide to drive througth the desert as this route will take you always have plenty of fuel and have water with you.

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5. Re: Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

Take your trip south through Pahrump. Use zip codes from Vegas to Pahrump (89060) and San Diego (92101-Dwntwn) to get driving directions on any map service.

Pahrump is famous for its' fireworks shops, developing community and legal brothels'. However, the drive between Pahrump and Baker is beautiful wide open road with rolling desert scapes and some nice small canyons here and there; very little of civilization for almost an hour of driving. This is one of those areas you want to find a place to pull off and just enjoy the silence. It adds about 45 minutes to your southerly trip. B4 leaving Pahrump confirm your directions w/someone as there are no resources between Pahrump and Baker. Not a good place to get lost. Hope that helps.

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Consider going through Pahrump while driving south to San Diego. It gives you more of that "wide open road" feel and gets you off the highway from Vegas to Baker. To get driving direcitons use zip codes 89109 (Vegas), 89060 (Pahrump) & 92101 (San Diego) in any map service. If you get confused, don't be afraid to ask for directions in Pahrump on how to get to Baker (home of the "Worlds' Tallest Thermometer"). Once on the open road there are no resources until you get to Baker. The trip adds about 45 minutes to total time. You end up in Baker which puts you back on highway 15. Pahrump is famous for its' fireworks shops and its' legal brothels. It is a developing community so you'll see a lot of home building. But the real beauty of the drive is from Pahrump to Baker. Just wide open 2 lane (one each way) driving w/generally very little traffic and very little evidence of civilization. Some beautiful canyons and landscape; all open desert. Hope that helps.

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7. Re: Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

Just a tip - Friday afternoons, the traffic knots up pretty early, so be prepared.

I like the earlier poster's suggestion of doing day trips out of Vegas. We did one to the Grand Canyon that was pretty cool.

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8. Re: Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

leaving Las Vegas on I15 through the desert, (only if you get it),is wicked. through Anza-Borrego Springs stop at La Casa Del Zorro although don't expect a great dining experience. the accommodation is good++

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9. Re: Another 'Driving from Las Vegas to San Diego' thread...

Las Vegas --> Barstow --> Lucerne Valley --> Big Bear --> San Bernardino (via Hwy 18) --> Hwy 215 south turns into Hwy 91west --> Hwy 330 south (toll road) turns into Laguna Canyon Rd --> Laguna Beach --> Pacific Coast Hwy south --> San Clemente --> Hwy 5 south to San Diego.

Start early to have lunch in Big Bear and get to PCH in time to see the sun set over the Pacific.

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