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  1. Default San Diego to Las Vegas - December 2014

    Hi we are from NZ and travelling from San Diego to Las Vegas in mid December this year we need to stay somewhere for one night along the way - prefer closer to Vegas. We are travelling with 2 adults and 2 adventurous teenagers and would like to get into the mountains/snow if possible. Any advice on route, best sights and accommodation much appreciated.

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    Welcome to RTA!

    There is only one area near the direct route from SD to LV that has snow and ski resorts that I'm aware of - that's Big Bear. It's a lot closer to SD than LV. It's less than 3 hours out of SD. From there to LV is 4 to 5 hours, depending on traffic.

    If it's snowed recently, tire chains may be required to get to Big Bear.

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    Default Snow capped mountains and desert.

    It would be a great time of year to drive across the desert landscape of Death Valley into Las Vegas. If you stopped over in Lone Pine on 395 you should at least see snow on top of Mt Whitney and other peaks, hopefully. The only downside, if you can call it that, [I wouldn't] is that it will add about 170 miles to your journey.

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    If you are going to go as far as Lone Pine, you might as well continue to Mammoth Lakes and make a ski trip out of it.

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    For the record, San Diego to Las Vegas is 5 to 6 hours up I-15. Easily driven in one day. Mammoth and/or Tioga Pass would be better served after Las Vegas, rather than between SD and LV.



    Donna

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    Default You can have it all.

    If you have two days to get to LV and need to be in LV at that time, the route suggested by glc and the drive across Death Valley would be the way to go. You will be able to get in your snow desire and as a bonus experience the magnificant scenery of Death Valley when it it comfortably cool enough to get out of the car and go for a little hike. I'm sure the teenagers will love some of the short walks. So different to anything you will ever see in NZ. (North or South Island?)

    Lifey

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    Default You can snowboard less than 45 minutes from the Strip in Las Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by raewyn View Post
    Any advice on route, best sights and accommodation much appreciated.
    Actually, there is a decent snow hill only about 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. And if this is not a skiing trip, it is still a nice drive through snow-covered mountains -- some really great chilli is available in the Mt. Charleston Village at the end of the road.

    It is called the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort.

    The Mt Charleston Lodge is the end of the road -- pretty rustic cabins -- but it is a pleasant place to hang out. Whether or not we'll have any snow on the ground in mid-December is hard to predict!

    If you were to drive to the lodge from San Diego -- it's about 370 miles (using I-15) and will take you about six hours. But there are two other ski areas that you could stay overnight on the way.

    GLC mentioned Big Bear -- and there are plenty of places to stay overnight and the road through the mountains is scenic and much more winter-magic like than the road from Las Vegas to Mt Charleston. Lake Arrowhead is in the same area --

    Alternatively, you could also go to the Wrightwood area.

    There is a certainly novelty in skiing less than an hour from the Strip.

    Mark

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    Default Ask the locals.

    Wow! There is nothing like local knowledge.

    Must check that out if I am ever in that area again.

    Lifey

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