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    My wife and I will be taking our four kids - ages 9,5 and two year old twins to San Diego this coming weekend for about a week. We have been discussing routes and overnight stays on the way down and back, but wanted to throw it out to the group to see any recommendations that you can give me in any of these categories?

    Out of Boise - 93 or 95 seems to be the big question. My kids get car sick unfortunately with winding roads, so is either route less 'round and round'? Looking at the map that seems to be 93, but wanted an opinion there. 93 or 95 also seems to play heavily into where we could spend the first night rather than trying to drive all the way through. 93 maybe stay in Vegas - whereas 95 might be a small town in Central CA or NV?

    I'm open to all input - I just want to snap my fingers and be there - but we all know thats not going to happen!

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    Also - am I less apt to potentially hit a spring snow storm on 93 vs. 95?

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    Welcome!

    With the current storm on the west coast, I would plan on taking I-84 and I-15. That's the fastest way anyway. It is DEFINITELY a 2 day drive - trying to do that straight through is extremely unsafe, it's 1100 miles and over 16 hours. A good overnight stop would be around Cedar City UT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Welcome!

    With the current storm on the west coast, I would plan on taking I-84 and I-15. That's the fastest way anyway. It is DEFINITELY a 2 day drive - trying to do that straight through is extremely unsafe, it's 1100 miles and over 16 hours. A good overnight stop would be around Cedar City UT.
    Would this storm still be affecting the area we would be driving through on Sunday? Going all the way over and going through Salt Lake sure seems like a long time driving somewhat in the wrong direction. I appreciate your reply very much.

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    Yes, it's 125 miles longer to go via SLC, but it's usually FASTER. The speed limits are higher on the Interstates, you don't get stuck behind slow-moving vehicles with no opportunity to pass, and you have no towns or cities with reduced speed limits and traffic lights to slow you down even more. It's also a lot easier for people with carsickness to handle.

    The only alternate I'd consider would be I-84 to Twin Falls, then US-93/NV-318/US-93 to I-15. Spend the night in Ely and have dinner at the Cell Block Steakhouse at the Jailhouse Motel & Casino. Before committing to US-93, check the current conditions, there IS some snow in the forecast. Watch your fuel carefully, gas stations are few and far between along that route.

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    glc - thanks so much for the tips - great information. I think that we might try to push through to Las Vegas for the first night - that will make for a quicker trip in San Diego the following day. I'm leaning toward the 93 route as well.....and hoping for smooth sailing weather wise and otherwise.

    95 just looks to be too mountainous and up and down elevation wise...

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    Boise to Las Vegas is 625 miles via 93, and that's going to be at least a 12 hour drive. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING between Ely and Las Vegas for lodging, and the only gas stations I'm aware of are in Alamo. Consider this carefully. It's 250 miles from Ely to LV, and it will take you at least 4 hours. Not a good situation if you start getting tired after you leave Ely. If you are not absolutely POSITIVE you can handle that long of a drive in one day, I'd highly recommend going through SLC instead, you have a lot more fuel and lodging options.

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    Just thought that I would update this thread for posterities sake in case anyone else decides or needs to make this trip in the future. I would HIGHLY recommend using HWY 93 for trips to Southern California from the Boise area based on my experiences of last week. The posted speed limit for most of the trip is 70 MPH and I only got stuck behind trucks a very limited number of times, and was able to pass pretty quickly. The road is fairly straight (good for motion sickness prone kids like mine) and does not change elevation that much, at least that I could tell. There were plenty of opportunities for gas along the way - even between Ely and Las Vegas. Every little town at least seemed to have a pump for gas if nothing else.

    We made it to Vegas in good time on the first day and were not overly fatigued at all. Vegas was a GREAT overnight stop on the way to San Diego and we had a good time in the M&M and Coca Cola stores the next morning before heading out for Southern California. We have found our future route to Southern California from the Boise area - that is for sure.

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    We filled up in Boise before we left.

    Then again in Ely, NV.

    Then again in a small town called Ash Springs between Ely and Las Vegas (just to be safe) - that ended up not being needed - but better safe than sorry.

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    Glad your trip was a success. Thanks for the updates.

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