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  1. Default Moving to LA from Philly

    Greetings All! What a fantastic site! I'm looking forward to starting a new job in Los Angeles - Living in Santa Monica initially. We must be in LA by 4/27/07 and plan on leaving on or around 4/17.
    We will be visiting family in Rochester NY as we begin the trip...so my initial route takes me through the following:

    (Philly)-> Rochester-> Cleveland-> Columbus-> Indianapolis-> St. Louis-> Kansas City-> Topeka-> Denver-> Laughlin (Grand Canyon)-> Las Vegas-> Santa Monica.

    My wife and I will be renting a mid-size SUV and doing what we can to curtail excess cost (coolers, grocery store food, sleeping in the car, etc) for much of the trip. We plan on taking time for sights and experiences (including a real bed and shower) in Cleveland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), St Louis (possibly), Denver / Colorado Springs, Grand Canyon and maybe Vegas.

    So I'm open to any advice, dining suggestions (for an occasional splurge along the way) and words of wisdom. We have the budget pretty much figured out (based on a lot of advice gleaned through other posts on this site).

    Any suggestions on things to see along this route that we may not have considered would be great too!

    Thanks!!

    Greg

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    Default South Point in Las Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by KG919 View Post
    Greetings All! What a fantastic site!
    We thank you and welcome you to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    I'm looking forward to starting a new job in Los Angeles - Living in Santa Monica initially.
    Congratulations on the new job!
    Denver-> Laughlin (Grand Canyon)-> Las Vegas->
    These legs don't make much sense to me. First of all, you are in for a treat along I-70 -- one of my favorite interstate highways in America and Ray's Tavern is a great stop for a burger....

    The issue is -- your zig-zagging route might be time-challenged to accomplish travel along both the scenic portion of I-70, and visits to both Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. (Laughlin is way out of your way and unless you have compelling reason to go there, I would save it for a future trip).

    Option A: When you reach Arches NP and US-191, use US-191 to cut off the triangle (bonus: passing through Monument Valley) on the way to the Grand Canyon and then follow I-40 to LA (if you still have time), you can head north again at Kingman, cross Hoover Dam and visit Las Vegas. There is so much to do in Las Vegas -- you don't really need any advice -- one of the best lodging deals right now is the South Point Casino hotel.

    Option B: Stay on I-70 and cut south on US-89 past Bryce and onto either the north rim or the south rim of the Grand. And then make the decision about Las Vegas

    Option C: If time is really getting tight.... Stay on I-70 to I-15 and take the day trip into Zion NP and then head for Las Vegas and then I-15 to LA

    In Las Vegas -- some many wonderful places to dine and party. My favorite eateries would be a tie between Alize at the top of the Palms and Rosemary's on Sahara. Service and food is extraordinary. Here are a few more things we enjoy about living and working in Las Vegas.

    Thanks for taking the time to read the other posts herein!

    Mark

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    That's great info Mark!!
    We may hold off on the Vegas leg and do that as a get-away weekend to include the Hoover Dam later.

    I like your suggestion about heading down US-191 to cut off the triangle passing through Monument Valley on the way to the Grand Canyon.
    Laughlin is out. We were looking at the chance of walking the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon, but it looks to be out of the way and more trouble than it's worth for this trip. Next time!

    But we'll be sure to stop at Ray's!!!

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    Default Ray's is west of US-191

    Quote Originally Posted by KG919 View Post
    That's great info Mark!!
    We may hold off on the Vegas leg and do that as a get-away weekend to include the Hoover Dam later.
    From Santa Monica it is an easy 5+ hour trip to Las Vegas. A good weekend excursion with lots to see and do on the way.
    I like your suggestion about heading down US-191 to cut off the triangle passing through Monument Valley on the way to the Grand Canyon....But we'll be sure to stop at Ray's!!!
    OK, but Ray's is at Green River which is a few miles west of the US-191 turn-off. Make sure you take the time to drive through Arches NP --
    Laughlin is out. We were looking at the chance of walking the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon,
    Um, you need to look at a map -- Las Vegas is closer to Grand Canyon West than Laughlin (Laughlin is on the Colorado River, at the southern most point of Nevada) It is closer to the site of the London Bridge than the Skywalk! And just to be clear -- Grand Canyon West (where the Skywalk is) is on the Hualapai Nation's land, it is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 03-25-2007 at 09:27 AM. Reason: correction of the nation

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    We will indeed hit Ray's and head back. Thanks for the tip! Arches NP has become one of the key sights in the plan!

    Laughlin came about through a link to a hotel as I was looking at a site about the Skywalk. It was presented as "near" the Skywalk.
    Goes to show, you really have to do your homework!

    The planning continues...

    Thanks once again!
    Greg

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