The drive between LA and Vegas

The drive between LA and Vegas

I’ve written about our 24 hours in LA and why Vegas will always be so special to me but what happened in between..? The 5 hour drive is not short of sights to see. If any of you have ever been on a road trip before, you’ll know that half the excitement is the journey, not just the start and end locations. So what’s there to see from LA to Vegas…

As you leave the gridlocked roads of LA, you head inland and start your journey in the mountains towards Barstow and open desert.

LA hills

power lines in desert

As you drive towards Barstow there is a stop everyone should make – the Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch along Route 66. Besides being on the famous Route 66, you get to experience a very peculiar, eerie place. Why would someone decide to create a place like this? Apart from a few other tourists there was no one else in site. It is definitely an opportunity to stretch your legs and take in your surroundings.




After a short stop off at the Bottle Tree Ranch we continued towards Barstow for a very exotic lunch – McDonald’s in a train station. When I say train station, the actual restaurant was in train carriages!

After we had refuelled (us and the car) we hit the road again and towards our next stop – Zzyzx road which is a single lane, almost dirt track road just off interstate 15 leading to a dead end. It may at first sound like a strange things to do – why would you want to drive down a road which leads nowhere? Well, although it was a dead end it has a beautiful oasis like lake waiting for you when you get there. You are only at most 2 miles from a main road but it felt like you could be in hills have eyes territory!


So after that short detour we rejoined interstate 15, past Barstow and onto Baker where they acclaim they have the world’s largest thermometer! Admittedly it was pretty big, we just drove by but could see it from the car. From there onwards we didn’t make any further stops as we were too keen to get to Las Vegas. This was the first stretch of driving we had to do on our 2 week road trip and it was great to experience. I wouldn’t change anything about it and would do it all again.

Has anyone else done this drive and would give any recommendations?



  1. 29/12/2016 / 5:06 pm

    This trip looks fantastic, I’d love to do it myself! Your pictures are really great too!

    • Holly
      29/12/2016 / 5:17 pm

      Thank you Chloe! You should definitely do it! X

    • Holly
      29/12/2016 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you Kimberley!

  2. 29/12/2016 / 5:09 pm

    Hi, this looks like an amazing trip. We did the drive from San Fran to Vegas. It was a delightful journey and I highly recommend it. I hope to do your trip one day, Chloe

    • Holly
      29/12/2016 / 5:23 pm

      It really was 🙂 we also drove from Yosemite to San Fran and it was beautiful x

    • Holly
      29/12/2016 / 5:24 pm

      Thanks Tiffany x

  3. 29/12/2016 / 5:24 pm

    This trip looks absolutely fantastic! The landscape are amazing! I have never been to this part of the us, only the east coast. A road trip in the west be so cool xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

  4. 21/01/2017 / 5:44 pm

    This sounds brilliant! I think if I was in charge of a road trip in the US I;d never get anywhere as there seems to be so any interesting places to stop off!

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