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LA to Vegas
May 15, 2012
5:55 am
Sara Roe
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Hi!  Im from Australia and am planning a trip to LA in September this year.  We don't have a huge amount of time but can spare a couple of days.  I was thinking of doing the drive from LA to Vegas preferably on Route 66 - happy to take a couple of days if need be rather than take the quick route!

Have read that there is not much to see between LA and Vegas but would be keen for any feedback on what to see, where to stop, what detours to take etc.  

Thanks very much for your help!

May 15, 2012
4:07 pm
David Asher
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Hi Sara


You are right, there is not much between LA and Vegas apart from sand.


Have not done it via Route 66 – the I15, about a 3-4 hour drive, we stopped in Barstow for a bit to break up the drive.


You could follow 66 out of LA and head to Kingman where you will have to bear off and head towards Vegas.


Only other route out of LA and maybe a little more scenic is via Death Valley and there a couple of places where you can stop over e.g. Furnace Creek.

Each to there own I guess…

May 17, 2012
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Going by Rt 66 is the right idea.  There is a lot to see and experience.   

Two days will give you a good sampling, with an overnight in Needles CA before you tackle the mountain stretch on both sides of Oatman AZ and then cruise in to Vegas that night–or end up in Kingman. 

The Travel section of my site,, has more on this--along with websites for Rt 66 Associations and governments in both states.   Besides what's in LA and its suburban sprawl, Barstow, Amboy, Goffs and Needles CA are all worthy stops.  Oatman and Kingman AZ as well. 

Too bad you can't do ALL of Route 66.  But this will let you experience two legendary sections–the CA desert and AZ mountains. 

May 17, 2012
9:07 pm
Sara Roe
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Thanks so much for your feedback!  I will investigate further!!  Cheers.  Sara Laugh

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