All the Interesting Stuff You'll See Driving Between Las Vegas and LA (2022)

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Las Vegas offers plenty of convenient, road trip inspiration. Maybe you crave a drive to Boulder City to see the Hoover Dam, Lake Havasu to zip around on Jet Skis, or St. George to hike scenic state parks. Then again, you might just want to get lost in your thoughts in Tecopa, where you can drink beer, eat steaks, and jump naked into a hot spring. All of those destinations are just a short drive from Sin City, but when somebody mentions "Vegas" and "road trip," nine times out of ten, they're talking about Los Angeles. There's really only one way to travel by car between the two cities—by channeling your inner Hunter S. Thompson and taking a drive through the desert on Interstate 15. The journey is at least three hours and more than 200 miles, but whether you're coming or going, it's far from boring. Check out all the cool, strange, and sometimes confusing things you'll see along the way.

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Near Jean, Nevada
About 15 miles south of Las Vegas, you may spot something odd in the distance from the highway. No, it's not a hallucination. It's Seven Magic Mountains, a rainbow-colored assortment of rocks stacked in columns more than 30 feet high. The art installation was created by Ugo Rondinone and commissioned by the Nevada Museum of Art (in Reno, actually). Is it beautiful? Depends on your perspective. But it's definitely a photo spot and conversation piece. The exhibit isn't super convenient either, which is probably by design. Seven Magic Mountains is between two interstate exits and at least a five-mile drive from either of them. In other words, you have to care enough to go out of your way to see it. Visitors are encouraged to check out Seven Magic Mountains between sunrise and sunset, since there aren't any lights around it at night. The installation, unveiled in 2016, was originally only meant to be in place for a couple years, but has settled in as a long-term piece of the desert scenery. It's estimated more than 300,000 people visit Seven Magic Mountains each year.

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Jean, Nevada
Make a pit stop off Exit 12 at Terrible's Road House—the "World's Largest Chevron Station"—with 96 gas pumps and 60 restrooms. So whether you're here to fill up on gas or take a leak, there's almost zero chance of a wait. There's also 50,000 square feet of retail space with a White Castle, Candy Village, phone-charging lounge, and a small aircraft that hangs from the ceiling. Don't leave without taking a photo with the 13-foot-tall Sasquatch statue. There's even an in-house Autozone in case you need a spare part or two to keep your trip moving along without issue.

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Goodsprings, Nevada
There's all sorts of things to love about the Pioneer Saloon. The oldest bar in Southern Nevada has great steaks, stiff drinks, and tons of history. Originally ordered from a Sears catalog (you could get anything from a department store back in those days) the saloon opened in 1913 and continues to thrive more than a century later. Clark Gable hung around the bar in 1942 while awaiting news on the fate of his wife Carole Lombard, who was killed in a TWA plane crash on nearby Potosi Mountain. According to legend, you can still see the marks in the bar counter where he stamped out his cigarettes in frustration. You'll also see bullet holes in the wall, supposedly related to a dispute over a poker game. The Pioneer Saloon remains a symbol of the Old West spirit that defined the gold and silver era of Nevada's early growth, but has expanded over the years to include a dining room and BBQ courtyard.

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Primm, Nevada
Don't get too excited when you see the Desperado roller coaster, which twists and turns through the skies of Primm and passes through Buffalo Bill's resort and casino. It's been closed since at least the onset of the pandemic. No rides allowed. Buffalo Bill's itself has been closed too, but reopens sporadically for special events (like the upcoming Los Huracanes del Norte concert on September 10) at the Star of the Desert arena. The Desperado was the tallest roller coaster (excuse me, hypercoaster) in the world when it was first unveiled in 1994. It's still an imposing sight from the Interstate with its track wrapping around the resort.

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Primm, Nevada
Just north of the state line between Nevada and California, you can pull over at Whiskey Pete's to fill up on gas, grab a coffee at Starbucks, and check out the Bonnie & Clyde Death Car—and yes, that's exactly how it's billed. Sitting in the middle of the casino floor like any old slot machine is the same Ford V8 Deluxe the gangster couple used for their notorious Midwest crime spree, riddled with bullets from the shootout that brought everything to an end in 1934. The car is on display behind a glass case (which unfortunately, adds a glare to most photos) and flanked by two Bonnie and Clyde mannequins. The "death car" toured state fairs and found itself in and out of different museums for decades before settling in at Whiskey Pete's for more than ten years now. Plans have been in the works for a while to expand the display into a larger full-blown Bonnie & Clyde museum. Enjoy it now while it's still free.

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Baker, California
It's easy to spot the small town of Baker—basically an oasis of gas stations and fast food restaurants—by its pride and joy: the World's Tallest Thermometer. It not only stands at 134 feet tall, but also reads temperatures up to 134 degrees, which happens to be the record heat recorded in nearby Death Valley back in 1913. The goofy roadside attraction was erected in the early '90s as a companion piece to the Bun Boy burger joint. The restaurant didn't last, but the thermometer is still there, although an early version was blown over by heavy winds. Its sturdier replacement was made with nearly 77,000 pounds of concrete. The thermometer was sold a couple times and the digital display went dark for a few years. Don't even ask about the electric bill on this thing. It was eventually renovated by YESCO (the company responsible for many classic Vegas neon marquees) and has been fully operational as of 2014. A gift shop near the base of the structure helps cover operating costs, so make a point to stop by. Do you really want to pass through Baker without buying a "World's Tallest Thermometer" t-shirt?

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Baker, California
Okay, time to eat. The Mad Greek is a rare chance to get fed with real food while bypassing all those fast food chains. The family-owned restaurant has been around for nearly three decades, serving Greek favorites like fresh-sliced gyros, babaganoush, and saganaki (fried cheese) 24 hours a day. In recent years, the menu has expanded to include Mexican cuisine and a deep lineup of sandwiches and burgers. The variety is a bit odd, but seems to fit the diner format of the place with Greek statues on display to keep the image from straying too far out of bounds. Skip the soda and try a fresh watermelon juice instead. Just save room for an apple pie sundae or baklava milkshake. The wait can get a little long at times, but you need to stretch those legs anyway.

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Zzyzx Road

Zzyzx, California
The exit sign for Zzyzx Road is responsible for drivers saying "What the hell is that?" for decades. The name is so odd, it even inspired a song by Stone Sour and a movie starring Katherine Heigel. So what's the story here? The road is less than five miles long, passing by little of note as it winds into the Mojave National Preserve. At the end, you'll reach a small lake and an abandoned resort and spa that's now repurposed as a desert research facility by California State University. The guy who built the old getaway in the '40s was basically squatting on the land under a mining claim in what was then known as Soda Springs. He renamed the town Zzyzx, hoping to have the last word in the English dictionary. Today, you're welcome to park and explore. Just don't interfere with anyone busy doing work. The site is a bit creepy with an old swing set and empty swimming pools gathering dust, although you might spot a few bighorn sheep. Cars used to pull over on the Interstate to place stickers on the road sign, but those were cleaned up long ago.

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Lake Dolores Waterpark

Newberry Springs, California
Speakingof which… is there anything more creepy than an abandoned amusement park? Well, maybe a few things. Lake Dolores opened in 1962 as an entertainment complex in the middle of the desert with rides, attractions, and a campground. Over the years, it developed into more of a waterpark, thanks to a lagoon fed by underground springs. The property changed ownership a few times and tried to reinvent itself under the names Rock-a-Hoola and Discovery Waterpark before closing for good in 2004. Today, its ruins remain in clear view of drivers on Interstate 15. Urban explorers can have a field day with the place, typically entering through a dip in the fence that runs alongside Hacienda Road. The post-apocalyptic vibes are strong. Whatever is left of waterslides, pools, a lazy river, and gift shops are now covered in graffiti and long stripped of anything that might be valuable. We don't recommend hanging out here at night (and for the record, we don't recommend entering the property at all). It's hard to believe now, but the park was actually used for an early version of the Electric Daisy Carnival before the dance music event would become popular enough to fill stadiums.

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Yermo, California
Want to see a piece of fast-food history? Take a detour off the Interstate to Yermo and head to Tita's Burger Den, the site of the original Del Taco, which opened in 1964 with 19-cent tacos and tostadas. Today, the roadside burger stand is a bit of a dive, but has a certain charm with its own take on tacos as well as burgers, wings, and sandwiches. A couple things to know: Tita's Burger Den only accepts cash and is strictly open weekdays. If you're tight on time, go with the drive-thru window.

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Yermo, California
The idea behind Eddie World is simple: make a gas station feel like an attraction. The biggest clue is the 65-foot-tall ice cream sundae that sits out front. Head inside and you'll find rows of self-serve candy and surprisingly good, fresh-made food, including hand-rolled sushi and pizza cooked on the spot in artisanal ovens, all under the supervision of an "executive chef." The bathrooms are probably the largest and nicest on the interstate and gentlemen can even control video games with urine flow. Fun, huh? The biggest surprise, however, is the in-house museum dedicated to the L.A. Lakers with jerseys, photos, and a chunk of hardwood from the Great Western Forum where the team won four NBA championships. Eddie World also promises the lowest gas prices between Yermo and Las Vegas and even hands out disposable gloves by the pumps, 'cause who wants to eat that sushi with dirty hands? Whoever you are Eddie, we thank you.

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Yermo, California
After filling up on gas at Eddie World, you may catch sight of the Liberty Sculpture Park, which is a political statement as much as a roadside attraction. The outdoor art installation features the work of Weiming Chen, a Chinese dissident whose large-format sculptures are critical of the oppression caused by the communist dictatorship back home. You'll see a lifesize student standing tall in the face of tanks, recreating a famous standoff during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, and a 30-foot-tall bust of Chinese President Xi Jinping, depicted as a partial skull with COVID protein spikes for hair. An original version of the latter was actually burned down by arsonists last year before being replaced by a stronger version in June, underscoring the gravity of the message and the courage that often comes with protesting through art. Another bust of Chief Crazy Horse symbolizes a different struggle against oppression closer to home. The park is visible from the Interstate, but offers plenty of photo opportunities for those who pull over during daytime.

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Yermo, California
Calico is an old mountainside mining town that was abandoned when the 19th-century Silver Rush dried up. Its buildings were preserved and restored by the same family behind Knott's Berry Farm, who reopened it to the public as Calico Ghost Town. Drive in, pay a small fee at the gate, and explore what it was like to live in the late 1800s—give or take. In between the wooden signs and wagon wheels, you can explore an old schoolhouse, barbershop, and other businesses from back in the day. A few attractions cost a little extra, like the self-guided mine tour and the Mystery Shack, an optical illusion of space and perspective where water runs uphill. Take everything in on the Calico Odessa Railroad, a train that circles the park in about eight minutes. Calico Ghost Town is open daily 9 am-5 pm, with three different ghost tours rotating on Saturday nights. If you want to stick around longer, a campground has spaces for tents and RVs.

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Yermo, California
You'll see so many signs for Peggy Sue's 50s Diner on the I-15, it's hard to not feel pressured into stopping by for a bite. The restaurant first opened in 1954 as a routine truck stop, but was later bought and expanded in the '80s by a couple who reinvented it as a dining destination heavy on nostalgia. The place is surprisingly large with a number of themed dining rooms. One features a collection of TV and movie memorabilia. Another is modeled after a vintage Five and Dime store. The menu is heavy on burgers, fries, and other forms of comfort food, including throwbacks like malts, shakes, and chocolate Coke (which yes, is a thing and way better than it sounds). The pizza parlor in the back is a nice touch, especially if you want to grab a pie to go. The ability to eat and steer at the same time is a required skill for any daytripper. The oddest thing about Peggy Sue's is the collection of dinosaur sculptures in the backyard park. Just roll with it. They're pretty cool.

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Barstow, California
Think of this place as a food court and flea market rolled up in one. It's also a bus station and liquor store. Opened alongside the train tracks in 1975, Barstow Station is actually built out of old train cars, three of which are used to full effect in the McDonald's dining room. At last check, there was also a Subway, Panda Express, and the first-ever Dunkin' Donuts in California (if you don't count one for the troops at Camp Pendleton). To quote David Lee Roth, if you need "a bottle of anything and a glazed doughnut to go," this is probably your destination. Throw in a few more bucks for a burger, lotto ticket, and phone charger and you'll be in great shape for at least the next 100 miles. Barstow Station isn't pretty, but it's more interesting than the Starbucks across the street.

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Oldest Operating Del Taco

Barstow, California
Didn't get enough Del Taco history back in Yermo? Well, you're in luck. Head west on Main Street from Barstow Station, turn north on 1st Avenue, and you'll come across the oldest operating Del Taco in the world. It looks rather routine from the outside, but those in-the-know can order a few special items. Ask for the Original Barstow Taco, with a tomato added as a single slice on top instead of diced, or the Bun Taco, which replaces a regular shell with a hamburger bun. Dating back to 1964, it's one of just three Del Tacos still owned and operated by founder Ed Hackbarth, who sold off the rest of the chain decades ago. Even now, he's often seen in the dining room shaking hands and saying hello to guests.

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Victorville, California
If you're on a road trip, it only makes sense to pull over and visit a museum about road trips. The California Route 66 Museum chronicles the famous "Mother Road" between Chicago and Los Angeles, ushering in a new wave of westward migration during the Dust Bowl and road trip vacations in an era when widespread car ownership was relatively new. The museum, open Friday–Sunday, is a glorified gift shop with lots of photo opportunities including a hippie-worthy VW "love bus," 1917 Model T Ford, classic American diner setup, and if you want something really fun, an outhouse as your backdrop. Admission is free with donations welcome.

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Victorville, California
Why bother with fast food when you can pull over for a glass of wine and cheese plate? D'Vine Wine Bar has been around for nearly 15 years and is currently owned by Brian Wilson. No, not the Beach Boy. He's a second-level sommelier who loved the bar so much, he and his wife bought it. Wilson studied in Chile, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic, with an affection for Malbecs and even the occasional Petit Bordeaux reflected in the wine list. Despite making a point to not carry anything commonly sold in grocery stores, D'Vine Wine Bar isn't snobby or pretentious. The atmosphere is loose and social. There isn't a TV in sight, but you may catch some live entertainment here and there. The small lounge is an unexpected treat in Victorville, a working-class hodgepodge of shopping plazas before the San Bernardino sprawl emerges while heading into L.A.

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FAQs

What is there to see on the drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles? ›

The 270-mile road trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours 15 minutes to drive. Key landmarks include Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve, and Joshua Tree National Park, as well as the cities of Palm Springs, Riverside, and Temecula.

Is it hard driving from Las Vegas to LA? ›

Los Angeles is 270 miles from Las Vegas, and the average time it takes to make that drive is 4 hours and 15 minutes. If you drive straight through without any stops and you encounter very little traffic, you can sometimes get to LA in 3.5 hours.

Is the drive from LA to Vegas worth it? ›

Depending on the time you have, and what you want to see en route, the LA to Vegas drive offers spectacular desert vistas, historical sights, and the opportunity for some fun outdoor adventures along the way. And of course, you can do the drive in the reverse direction as well.

Is the drive from LA to Las Vegas Scenic? ›

Much of your travels will be based along the Interstate 15 heading north. Be aware that it's not a particularly scenic drive. In fact, from Barstow into Las Vegas, you'll be looking out at the open desert almost the entire way.

How many rest stops from LA to Vegas? ›

The long stretch of road between LA and Vegas is basically a rite of passage for many a 21-year-old Californian. It takes about four and a half hours (if you go the speed limit), and many believe it is just a desolate desert with nothing to do.

Is it cheaper to fly or drive to Las Vegas from Los Angeles? ›

Flights from Los Angeles to Las Vegas are among the most affordable in the United States. A one-way flight can usually be booked for around $50. To be fair, it will probably cost you more to fly then to rent a car and drive yourself.

What is within a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas? ›

Best Driving Trips from Las Vegas:

Sedona, Arizona- 4 Hour Drive Time. Tempe, Arizona- 4 1/2 Hour Drive Time. Phoenix, Arizona – 4 1/2 Hour Drive Time. Grand Canyon National Park – 4 Hour Drive.

Is the drive to LA hard? ›

Because of its size, it can be tough to navigate, especially in a way that minimizes the path through L.A.'s infamous traffic. Plus, the city has a few unique rules and customs even if you are used to driving in other large U.S. cities. Use this guide to get around L.A.

What desert is between Las Vegas and Los Angeles? ›

The Mojave Desert (/moʊˈhɑːvi, mə-/ moh-HAH-vee, mə-; Mohave: Hayikwiir Mat'aar; Spanish: Desierto de Mojave) is a xeric desert in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Southwestern United States.

Can you do a day trip to LA from Vegas? ›

Los Angeles full-day tour, the best Hollywood day trip from Las Vegas. A Hollywood tour from Las Vegas is a wonderful way to experience LA without getting overwhelmed. I recommend this full-day tour, which includes a round-trip bus ride, guided tours, breakfast, and lunch.

How difficult is the drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon? ›

If you want to drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, it's an easy trip almost completely done on interstate highways. Although the canyon is only 100 miles away as the crow flies, the drive is much less direct and is almost 300 miles. It will take you between four and five hours from Las Vegas.

Which is more scenic North Rim or South Rim Grand Canyon? ›

The South Rim is at a lower elevation which allows you to get a better view of the walls of the opposite rim. The sheer magnitude of the Grand Canyon is much more visible from the South Rim. The South Rim is more “user friendly” with paved paths along the rim.

Is the South Rim Grand Canyon worth seeing? ›

Because it's home to many of the most memorable viewpoints, the South Rim is the ideal destination for first-time Grand Canyon Visitors. If you have small children, you may prefer to visit the South Rim for its many amenities and activities.

Is it safe to drive from Vegas to California? ›

Yes, the roads are modern and well-kept. However, it is a long, hot drive through the desert with only a few towns on the way. For people driving at night, the trip can be hazardous. It’s recommended to drive during the day and make sure everything is in order before leaving.

How many minutes drive Los Angeles to Las Vegas? ›

Driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles is a 270 mile trip. If traffic is on your side, the journey should take you about 4 hours and 2 minutes. If you've got concerns about what it'll cost you in gas—prepare to spend somewhere in the vicinity of 92.13 for the round-trip.

How many hrs drive from Vegas to LA? ›

How long is the drive from Las Vegas, NV to Los Angeles, CA? The total driving time is 4 hours, 2 minutes.

Can you wear jeans out in Vegas? ›

During the day, things are very casual – it's not uncommon to see people in shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. But after 6pm, it's time to get your gladrags on. In the evenings, you can expect to see people in smart-casual outfits – jeans, shirt and a jacket, a skirt and top, or a dress are all completely fine.

What is the craziest thing to do in Vegas? ›

Weird Nevada: Oddball Attractions In and Around Las Vegas
  • Seven Magic Mountains Goodsprings Pioneer Saloon. ...
  • Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum Bedeviled Puppet Room. ...
  • National Atomic Testing Museum Atomic Liquors. ...
  • Neon Museum The Mob Museum. ...
  • Kiss by Monster Mini Golf Pinball Hall of Fame. ...
  • Alabam the TP Man Boulder Dam Hotel.

How much cash should you have on hand in Vegas? ›

The minimum money one needs to bring to Las Vegas while on a shoestring budget is around $40.00 per day. That is $25.00 per day for accommodation and $10.00 a day for self-catered food.

Can I sleep at a rest stop in Nevada? ›

Yes. Sleeping in your vehicle is permitted at Nevada Rest Areas. Because the purpose of rest areas is to promote safe driving, sleeping or napping in your vehicle is allowed.

Can you sleep at rest stops California? ›

Yes. You are permitted to sleep overnight in your vehicle while at a California Rest Area. You just cannot stay beyond 8 hours. It's worth noting that you must be inside your vehicle while sleeping overnight.

Can you sleep at rest stops in the US? ›

Actually, Yes! The reason why is because all rest areas are open 24 hours a day. You are allowed to arrive at at night, and stay there for as long as it takes to get rested, or up to the maximum allowable time. No law enforcement officer is going to force a drowsy driver to get back on the highway.

Do you need a passport to go from LA to Vegas? ›

In short, you can fly to all 50 U.S. states and territories without a passport. Just make sure to carry either your driver's license or a state-issued ID. To avoid frustrations in the future, ensure your driver's license and other ID are REAL-ID compliant before May 2023.

What is the coldest month in Las Vegas? ›

Las Vegas's coldest month is December when the average temperature overnight is 36.6°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 104.1°F.

How much is a jet from Vegas to LA? ›

How much does a private jet from Los Angeles to Las Vegas cost?
Aircraft TypeSmall JetMedium Jet
Estimated Price$9,362 - $10,348$13,387 - $14,796
Fuel Stop--
Flight Duration1.65 hrs1.65 hrs

What is the nicest part of Vegas? ›

9 Best Las Vegas Neighborhoods for 2022 (A Local's Picks)
  • Summerlin.
  • Skye Canyon.
  • The Lakes.
  • Southern Highlands.
  • Green Valley Ranch.
  • The Strip.
  • Arts District.
  • Peccole Ranch.
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Is 3 days enough in Las Vegas? ›

A 3-Day trip to Vegas allows just enough time for visitors to get a taste of what the city has to offer – and trust us, it has a lot! On a 3-day Vegas trip, visitors can see the flashing neon lights, eat at celebrity chef restaurants, gamble at flashy casinos and visit top city attractions…and that is just on Day One!

What is a 3 hour drive from Vegas? ›

Places to visit about 3 hours from Las Vegas
  • 147 miles northeast of Las Vegas: Cedar City (Utah) Cedar Breaks National Monument. Kolob Canyons. ...
  • 148 miles northeast of Las Vegas: Indian Peaks RV Park. Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. ...
  • 141 miles north of Las Vegas: Spring Valley State Park. 148 miles northeast of Las Vegas:

Which US city is hardest to drive in? ›

Worst Cities for Driving
  • Oakland, CA.
  • San Francisco, CA.
  • Chicago, IL.
  • New York, NY.
  • Washington, DC.
  • Baltimore, MD.
  • Seattle, WA.
  • Los Angeles, CA.
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What are the worst times to drive in LA? ›

Traffic: LA Rush Hour

Weekday morning LA rush hour is roughly from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The evening LA rush hours are around 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and later. On weekend nights, traffic heading into or out of Downtown L.A. and Hollywood can be heavy.

What is a 3 hour drive from Los Angeles? ›

San Diego is a three-hour drive from Los Angeles and offers beautiful weather year-round plus an amazing range of things to see and do.

Is Death Valley on the way to Las Vegas? ›

Located approximately 130 miles from Las Vegas, Death Valley is only about a 2 hour drive from the Strip.

What mountains are between Las Vegas and Los Angeles? ›

The Spring Mountains are a mountain range of Southern Nevada in the United States, running generally northwest–southeast along the west side of Las Vegas and south to the border with California.

Why is it called Death Valley? ›

Why is it called Death Valley? Death Valley was given its forbidding name by a group of pioneers lost here in the winter of 1849-1850. Even though, as far as we know, only one of the group died here, they all assumed that this valley would be their grave.

Is Vegas cheaper than LA? ›

The big difference comes in terms of rent prices. Rent prices in Los Angeles are substantially higher than they are in Las Vegas. In fact, rent prices are about 84-percent higher.

Is Vegas or LA cheaper? ›

Cost of living in Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) is 21% cheaper than in Los Angeles, California (United States)

How many days is enough for LA? ›

The short answer is yes, 3 days in LA will give you enough time to see a ton of the city as you will find in the itinerary below. However, I would say that 3 days should be the minimum amount of time you spend in LA.

Should I wear shorts or leggings to the Grand Canyon? ›

In the summer, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes with a light jacket or sweater. In the winter, opt for jeans, good shoes (or even boots – it does snow at the Grand Canyon!), and a long-sleeved shirt with a jacket or sweater.

What should you not do at the Grand Canyon? ›

Grand Canyon: What Not to Do
  • Grand Canyon: What Not to Do. ...
  • Timing is Everything: Don't Arrive at Peak Times. ...
  • Liquid Assets: Don't Neglect to Stay Hydrated. ...
  • Get an Altitude Adjustment: Don't Underestimate the Elevation. ...
  • Weather or Not: Don't Forget to Pack for Changing Conditions.
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Which rim of the Grand Canyon is the prettiest? ›

Grand Canyon South Rim is most frequently chosen by first-time visitors to the area not only for its beautiful views, but for its abundance of visitor services and family-oriented activities.

What is the best month to go to the Grand Canyon? ›

Weather in the Grand Canyon is at its best between April and June, when rainfall averages are low and temperatures have not yet reached their scorching summer highs. The park becomes extremely crowded when school lets out in June, so plan your visit before then, if possible.

Is it hotter at the top or bottom of the Grand Canyon? ›

As air sinks down into a lower elevation, it gets compressed, compressed air releases heat as energy. This caused the air mass to become even warmer. "This is why you can see temperatures in the 90's at the top of the Grand Canyon but temperatures 20-30 degrees hotter at the bottom of the canyon," Brink says.

Which side of the Grand Canyon is less touristy? ›

The West Rim is an up-and-coming tourist destination. Annually, 1 million visitors travel to the West Rim. The South Rim sees upwards of 6 million annual visitors. When you visit the West Rim, you'll find less congestion so you can enjoy the canyon with fewer people.

Is 3 days enough for Grand Canyon? ›

Three days allows enough time for a couple of hikes, longer hikes into the canyon or along the rim, or time to see the North Rim too if you're visiting between May and October.

Is 1 day in Grand Canyon enough? ›

Is one day enough for Grand Canyon? Grand Canyon National Park is huge and it would take days to explore all four rims and do some hiking inside the canyon. That being said, one day is enough for the main highlights of the Grand Canyon.

How many days are enough for Grand Canyon? ›

How Many Days at the Grand Canyon? We recommend between one to three days at the Grand Canyon, though you could stay for longer for a relaxed visit. With only one day at the Grand Canyon, you can check out a few viewpoints, hike into the canyon or on the Rim Trail, and catch the sunset.

What cities are in between Las Vegas and LA? ›

Top cities between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The top cities between Las Vegas and Los Angeles are Anaheim, Laguna Beach, Riverside, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Irvine. Anaheim is the most popular city on the route — it's 4 hours from Las Vegas and less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Is the Grand Canyon worth it to drive from Vegas? ›

The Grand Canyon offers so many ways to explore the stunning terrain. The West Rim of the canyon is just two and a half hours from Las Vegas, and the South Rim is four and a half hours away, so a day trip from Las Vegas is definitely doable.

Is it a difficult drive from Las Vegas to Grand canyon? ›

If you want to drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, it's an easy trip almost completely done on interstate highways. Although the canyon is only 100 miles away as the crow flies, the drive is much less direct and is almost 300 miles. It will take you between four and five hours from Las Vegas.

Can you do Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon same day? ›

Can you visit the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon in one day? Absolutely. Our Hoover Dam bus tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon are daylong excursions that stop for outings at the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

What city is halfway between LA and Las Vegas? ›

The best city between Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV to meet is Barstow, California which is about 20 miles from the exact midpoint. The town that marks the exact halfway point is actually Harvard, California. The closest zip code to the midpoint is 92398.

Are there mountains between LA and Las Vegas? ›

The Spring Mountains are a mountain range of Southern Nevada in the United States, running generally northwest–southeast along the west side of Las Vegas and south to the border with California.

Which side of the Grand Canyon has better views? ›

Because it's home to many of the most memorable viewpoints, the South Rim is the ideal destination for first-time Grand Canyon Visitors. If you have small children, you may prefer to visit the South Rim for its many amenities and activities.

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