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  1. Default Driving LV to LA


    We are looking to drive Las Vegas to LA - considering stops along the way. If we head on I-15 we can do the strip of Route 66 (are there good stops along here?) Other stops in a short day-trip would be appreciated. How long is the drive if we go this route rather than directly on the freeway?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Welcome to RTA!

    Here is one possibility, this is a drive I did make in one day from LV to LA.

    Take I-15 to Exit 272 in CA - Cima. Turn left and head into the Mojave National Preserve. The road will come to a T, turn right toward Kelso. When you get to Kelso, which is a ghost town, the old railroad depot is now a visitor's center. Turn left on Kelbaker Rd and take that under I-40 to the end at National Trails Rd (old 66). Turn right and take that into Amboy, where there is an old gas station and motel. Turn left on Amboy Rd and take that into 29 Palms. Turn left on Utah Trail, cross CA-62, and enter Joshua Tree National Park. If you stay on that road, it will exit the park just before an interchange with I-10, which you can take into LA.

    This drive will take you about 8 hours with a few stops. It's just under 400 miles.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    The advantage to taking the route suggested by GLC is the ability to miss what's usually a big traffic jam on Cajon Pass or the intersection of I-15 and I-215.


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