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LA to Vegas, driving, any tips or advice ???

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LA to Vegas, driving, any tips or advice ???

Is there anything in the way to Vegas ?? shopping, outlets, or something ??? Anyone recomends anything for my drive ?? Any tips or advice I should know ???

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1. Re: LA to Vegas, driving, any tips or advice ???

There's a couple of outlets on the way to Vegas.

First, there's one at Barstow, and then there's more outlets by the stateline. There's 2 more outlet centers when you're in Vegas.

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2. Re: LA to Vegas, driving, any tips or advice ???

Here's a link to a directory of factory outlets:

http://www.outletbound.com/usa50.html#California%20(Northern)

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3. Re: LA to Vegas, driving, any tips or advice ???

There isn't much along the drive. Barstow has some good outlets and plenty of fast food places to eat - including an In-n-Out. Baker has a the huge thermometer that is usually in the hundreds... Stateline has a couple of casinos, cheaper tables than Vegas, a roller coaster...

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4. Re: LA to Vegas, driving, any tips or advice ???

The best thing about the drive to Vegas is the scenery, the desert is beautiful.

If you can, try to make the drive very early in the morning so you can see the sun rise over the desert, it would make a great photo opportunity.

And the traffic is usually much better during the early moring hours.

Be very careful driving, much the drive is on a very dangerous highway tha is two lanes wide in each direction.

About halfway there you will see Barstow. There are outlet stores & the Coach store is really good but they only let you buy 3 of each item, so no bulk shopping.

After that, the next "town" would be Baker, then finally the Stateline, where there are more outlets.

It should take you about 45 minutes to get from the Stateline to Vegas proper.

All and all there isn't much to do on the drive but watch the desert go by.

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5. Re: LA to Vegas, driving, any tips or advice ???

The two-lane road you are referring to is the Pearblossom highway (highway 138). I would avoid that unless you get an early morning (7am) start out of LA. An alternate route is taking the 14 north to Mohave, then the 58 to Barstow. It's longer mileage-wise, but you will see a fraction of the traffic. All it takes is a couple of slow-moving trailers on the Pearblossom to add hours to your trip.

Or better yet, get a cheap flight out of Burbank...