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  1. Default Vegas to Palm Springs to Santa Monica and back in 3 days?

    I am flying into Vegas for a week (mid December) and plan on renting a car and hitting the road. I would like to leave early Sunday and drive to Palm Springs for the night, then head out to LA/Santa Monica Monday and return to Vegas Tuesday. Does this sound feasible to drive and have some sightseeing time?


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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default It'll work.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    It's certainly feasible and although you haven't got a lot of time to spare you can enjoy sight seeing from the car as well through the Mojave National preserve and possibly a detour through Joshua Tree NP on the way to Palm Springs. It would make a long drive back to Vegas but you could opt to drive through Death Valley on the way back which has a wonderful landscape. The one thing I would be asking myself [although I admit I'm not a fan of the city] is whether I would want to take on LA's traffic Monday and Tuesday for what would amount to a few hours there. I'd probably be looking at the weather forecast and thinking Grand canyon National park [not the west rim where tours from Vegas generally go] and Monument valley or Sedona area if it's ok.

    Have a great trip !

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    Thanks for info!

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    Is there a way to get to Santa Monica that is less of a headache than driving straight through LA? Or perhaps a best time of day to drive through?


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    No and no, unfortunately. Maybe around 2am. I-10 is pretty much the only way to get there from the east without taking city streets.

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