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Best route by car with kids from Vegas to LA?

Want to drive from a Vegas to LA what is best route and is it worth it versus flying? Have 2 kids as well 14 & 18

Las Vegas (Nevada)

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Khaled from Cairo

i did it already last summer with my family .. best route 1-15 S

it takes  about 4 hour 45 min (270 miles ) i think driving is cheaper than flying


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Marie from Las Vegas

Flying will cost you around $100 each one-way. Driving takes about 4 hours depending on where in LA you are headed. The fastest route is to take the 15 south and then connect onto another freeway in the LA area headed to your destination. It's about 260 miles so depending on the car, it's a little less than one tank of gas which is a lot less expensive then flying. By the time you deal with the hassle of the airport, it's just as fast to drive. There are plenty of places to stop for food, bathrooms and gas along the way. You can shop at the Outlets at Barstow or at Primm Valley Casino Resorts at the Nevada / California stateline. Otherwise there is a whole lot of nothing between the two areas.


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Chris from New York City

I've done the reverse drive twice, most recently with my 10 and 13 year old girls.  The standard (shortest) route along 15 is really unremarkable and nothing special.  The drive through the Mojave Desert and to Joshua Tree National Park is a little longer but pretty darn cool.  My kids loved doing the Junior Ranger program but it might only be fore the 14 y/o.  

One really important word of caution:  Have a full tank of gas, water in the car and extra supplies.  Fill up at every stop even if you don't need to because you really don't know when you'll have another chance.  This is no exaggeration, you really do drive for hours without seeing any signs of civilization which is what makes this drive so cool.  


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Jim from Sandy (Utah)

Really depends on what they like.  I always enjoyed going through the park (Death Valley), then up to the mountains (Whitney Portal, then down 395/14 to the Lancaster/Palmdale area.  To get there, you go to Pahrump from Las Vegas, then take Bell Vista Rd (which eventually becomes 190 at Death Valley Junction) to Death Valley.  190 continues to 395 then a bit north to Mt Whitney.  Will take you from the lowest point in the western hemisphere to the highest point in the lower 48, then back down 395 to 14 to LA.


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Jim from Sandy (Utah)

Really depends on what they like.  I always enjoyed going through the park (Death Valley), then up to the mountains (Whitney Portal, then down 395/14 to the Lancaster/Palmdale area.  To get there, you go to Pahrump from Vegas, then take Bell Vista Rd (which eventually becomes 190 at Death Valley Junction) to Death Valley.  190 continues to 395 then a bit north to Mt Whitney.  Will take you from the lowest point in the western hemisphere to the highest point in the lower 48, then back down 395 to 14 to LA.


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