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Old 05-12-2007, 03:30 PM   #1
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Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

I'm heading out to Vegas in early June and would like to know the best route. Mapquest suggests a strange route of going through Idaho and Salt Lake City. I'm leaning toward taking I-5 to Bakersfield, then the I-15 to LV. Another option is going to Reno, then hitting the US-95 down to LV, but that one seems a bit dangerous, I can't conclude if that road is a two-laner(one way lane each way) for about 400 miles or so..
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Old 05-12-2007, 03:34 PM   #2
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

I recommend flying. As a bonus, when you fly, there's a chance you go right over Mt. St. Helens.

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Old 05-12-2007, 03:40 PM   #3
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

I'd consider flying but I think my arms would get a wee bit tired once I hit portland..
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Old 05-12-2007, 03:54 PM   #4
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

well mapquest says that route cause its overall the fastest way there. but idaho and utah are nice states to drive thru. i took that drive on I-15 from SLC to vegas.

if you want a more scenic route, you can take the same thing to idaho, then get off at US-93 at twin falls, and take it down to vegas. if you dont mind 2 lanes anyway. it takes about an hour longer, but saves 90 miles.
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Old 05-12-2007, 03:56 PM   #5
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

The I-5 route from Redding to LV is one of the most boring drives imaginable.
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Old 05-12-2007, 04:10 PM   #6
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

- Mapquest and mapsonus both suggest the same route. 1265ish miles, 18:10 duration.
- Mapsonus lets you pick shortest route, and that one goes through Reno and cuts the trip to 1082 miles, but the computed duration is 21:20.
- Maps.yahoo.com suggests a route through Boise and then straight down the east side of NV on US93 at 1181 miles, 17:30.
- Rand McNally sends you through Reno for 1130 miles and 19:05.
- Mappoint.msn.com likes going through SLC, also at 1265 and 18:10, but if you ask for shortest path it'll also send you through Reno and claims 21:20 duration.
- And good ol' Google suggests the route through Boise to Twin Falls, then straight south for 1139 miles and 18:16 duration (at bit more pessimistic than Yahoo).

All think the shortest route through Reno will take the longest. They seem to be unsure between them whether the longest route through SLC will be quickest, or if the journey through Twin Falls to US93 is quicker. Now if you're on a green kick and want to save gas, driving slower for longer over a shorter distance is good.

I've only done US95 as far as Beatty. It is two-lanes once you get a ways outside Vegas, past about Amargosa Valley. Almost everyone I know who's driven to Reno from Vegas says they'll fly next time.
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Old 05-12-2007, 04:22 PM   #7
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

interesting stuff bav.. Im guessing the one through CA takes longer because of the traffic.. I had a friend that took the utah route. He says Utah takes forever to go through lol

ehhh.. maybe flying is the best option.. I'm not much of a fan of flying, just wanted to see if the ol cross country trip was worth it
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Old 05-12-2007, 04:35 PM   #8
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

I'd do the WA - Boise - SLC to LV route. I've done most of that the other way and it isn't bad. I've also done the I5 from LA up and it's pretty boring but straight. Make sure to plan the time of day you leave so you get the best time for the long hauls - when the vacationers are off the road.
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Old 05-12-2007, 04:56 PM   #9
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That's the thing about I-5 - you need to plan the times you go through places like Sacratomato, unless you like stop-n-go bumper to bumper traffic.
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

Have fun, I just pulled a 22 hour Edmonton-LV marathon driving session with two buddies last week, down I-15 the whole way. The trip down is fun and goes by quickly, but the drive back is painful.
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Old 05-12-2007, 06:43 PM   #11
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

Do you want to stop off at different poker rooms along the way? If so, I would suggest the I5 route. Their are small rooms along the route in Redding, Sacremento, central valley, Bakersfield. My favorite small room is Diamond Jims in Rosamond California. Its just about 10 miles south of the CA58 on CA14 when you travel from Bakersfield to the I15 in Barstow.
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Old 05-13-2007, 02:52 AM   #12
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

I'm contemplating the same trip. Do I drive, and have a car when I get there, or do I fly for about $300 (round trip) and then shuttle, bus and taxi?

Then there is the route. Like you said there are three. Which one? I hate that drive. I just drove up from Phoenix, and that was a bear.

If I had more time, I'd take the I-5 and stop in LaCenter, San Francisco, San Jose and LA. Then I'd drive through Barstow (the gateway to Bakersfield) on to LV.

I was also wondering about going to Mt. Shasta and then on to Reno, play a little at the Peppermill, and then down. But I couldn't find out much about the drive from Reno to Vegas. I assumed it was two-lane most of the way. I'm sure it's a boring drive, but it would be a lot better if it was freeway.

I'm leaning toward the Yakima, TriCities, Pendleton, Boise, Salt Lake City route. That's one I haven't taken, and if I'm in the mood and have the time I could detour to the Grand Canyon. I was at the South Rim on Chrismas day, so a trip to the North Rim would be nice. If you haven't been, it's worth the side trip--a must see.

Decisions, decisions.
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:28 PM   #13
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

you could always rent one when you get there (if you fly)
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:02 AM   #14
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

Why would you not fly? especially with the price of gas where it's at, unless you have some other destination on the way, or you're driving a new convertible or something cool like that.
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Old 05-16-2007, 11:38 AM   #15
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Re: Road trip from Seattle to Las Vegas - best route?

$300 to fly and you want to drive? 1800 miles? WTF?

Look, say you have a nice compact car and get 30mpg....thats 60 gallons of gas right? Thats what....like $200 or more?. Plus wear and tear on your car. Plus an entire 24 hour day lost each way?

Again, WTF?

Even from Los Angeles I usually drive the 5 hours or so each way, but I fly anytime airfare is under $120 round trip.

Once in Vegas, whether or not to have a rental car is dependant on your age and where you are staying.
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