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Driving from San Francisco-Las Vegas-San Diego-Los Angeles

Old Feb 24th, 2014, 07:50 AM
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Thanks! Anything I would need to take note of when driving from LV to SD?
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Old Feb 24th, 2014, 08:28 AM
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Just do it as fast as possible
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Old Feb 24th, 2014, 08:51 AM
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Anything you want to see outside of cities like Joshua Tree NP or maybe Palm Springs?
Consult and actual paper map.
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Old Feb 24th, 2014, 12:20 PM
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While I think Joshua Tree is probably the most noteworthy place to see between LV and San Diego, I-15 doesn't go anywhere near there. Maybe Lake Arrowhead or for a longer detour Big Bear? You also go fairly close to Mojave National Preserve, and that's an interesting, although fairly vacant, desert landscape.
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Old Feb 24th, 2014, 01:21 PM
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I don't know about detours such as mentioned with very young children. Make the rest of the trip about them and have fun in San Diego and LA area.
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Old Feb 24th, 2014, 01:53 PM
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Friends from Switzerland love to spend time in Death Valley when in southern California! They are totally intrigued by the desert, having camped there on their honeymoon years ago.
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Old Feb 24th, 2014, 07:49 PM
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Thanks guys! You've been very helpful! I post again when there are new developments.
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Old Feb 25th, 2014, 07:27 AM
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My advice would be to drive "The Strip" (Las Vegas Blvd.) and then head out of town on US 93 and stay at the Hacienda which is two miles from Hoover Dam. Visit the dam and the new high bridge above it. There is a walkway on the new bridge that can be accessed from the road down to the dam.
Leaving Hoover dam you can take the highway on the west side of Lake Meade and get to Valley of Fire State Park (if it is not too hot).
Next to the Hacienda parking lot on the hill there are helicopter rides to see Hoover dam and Lake Meade.
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Old Feb 26th, 2014, 04:36 PM
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It's really easy on your first trip anywhere to get greedy and overbook because there is so much you want to see and do. I'm guilty of it myself. The problem I see is that you're spending an awful lot of time in the car and not much time in the destinations........

The Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, both of which are amazing, are doable (long) day trips from LV, but I don't believe the time to get there will be worth it, especially with small children (who will not appreciate it). I think you'd be better off sticking to just California for this trip and saving the Grand Canyon for another trip.
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