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    So we are considering a trip the end of January 2008 to Las Vegas. We have friends who will be in Palm Springs at the same time and are considering driving to see them for a couple of days. My question is this. I am afraid of driving in the mountains and would like to know about the Interstate from Vegas to Palm Springs.

    Thanks, Ashley

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    Default Four sets of mountains

    Quote Originally Posted by amber1054 View Post
    My question is this. I am afraid of driving in the mountains and would like to know about the Interstate from Vegas to Palm Springs.
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! Basically there are four sets of mountain ranges between Las Vegas and Palm Springs -- you can drive the entire distance on Interstate highways, but a much shorter and actually a route with less "mountain driving" is I-15 to Barstow and then CA-247 to CA-62 to Palm Springs. These roads are two and four lane expressways and follow the mountain valleys (so you skirt the passes).

    But in any case, you will not have any "serious" mountain driving experiences anywhere on this route. The Interstate highway gradients are very gentle.

    Mark

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