From California to Las Vegas. An Itinerary

driving to las vegas

If you’re planning a drive from California to Vegas then you are about to experience the trip of a lifetime! There is a huge amount to see and experience on the way through this part of America, with legendary landmarks like the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam positioned along the way and the glitz of Las Vegas waiting for you at the end of the journey. If you’re not entirely sure exactly how to make this trip then here is an idea for a drive from California to Vegas – an itinerary.

The Hollywood Sign taken from the Kodak Theatre

The Hollywood Sign

Start your trip in Los Angeles, City of Angels, Hollywood and all things celeb. Before you set off be sure to take in the famous Hollywood sign, flex your credit cards in the shops and boutiques of Rodeo Drive, surf the Venice Breakwater and take a stroll down Santa Monica Pier. If you have time, have dinner at one of the city’s legendary vegan restaurants – such as Leaf Organics – and prepare for your road trip the Californian way with some energising raw food.

Palm Springs Wind Mills

Palm Springs Wind Mills

From Los Angeles, head for Palm Springs. Dubbed ‘Hollywood’s playground,’ Palm Springs has provided a getaway for celebs needing a quick escape from the intensity of Los Angeles. Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra all had holiday homes here and it was a famous spot for couples looking for somewhere for an elicit rendezvous. More recently, it has become the location for the legendary annual event ‘Spring Break’ when thousands of students use their reading week to drink and be merry (and usually end up being sick on themselves and sleeping in a hedge).

Hoover Dam Bypass

Hoover Dam

Once you have partied on in Palm Springs, move on to Laughlin, a haven for golfers, shoppers, water sports enthusiasts and anyone who wants to be completely pampered in some of the US’s most luxurious spas. If you have time, stop and take in a cruise on the Colorado River on one of the paddlewheel steamship replicas that ply up and down the waters or head out to the Hoover Dam, which sits an awe-inspiring 70 stories high and is considered one of the wonders of the industrial world.

From Laughlin, head on to the Grand Canyon, another infamous landmark in the US (and one of the seven wonders of the natural world). The canyon is 277 miles long and more than 18 miles wide and is an awe inspiring sight, whatever the weather. You can take the Grand Canyon Skywalk for some really stunning views, but this is not one for anyone with a fear of heights!

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

The beautiful reservoir of Lake Powell is the next stop on the itinerary, the second largest man made reservoir in the US. The lake is fantastic for fishing, swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling and you can even take an atmospheric plane ride over the impressive stretch of water. Head on from here to Bryce Canyon, a giant, natural amphitheatre of incredible red orange and white rocks with a fascinating, otherworldly feel. You can go canyoneering here, sign up for an aerial tour of the area, go biking or off-roading or simply explore the thousands of delicately carved spires that make up the amphitheatre on foot.

Finally, drive on to Las Vegas, the last stop on the itinerary and the best place to spend all of the rest of your holiday money. You’ll find no shortage of things to do once you get here!

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

These ideas for a trip from California to Vegas are just suggestions and it’s very easy to miss out any of the sights that you are not that keen on, or add in additional stop offs like Zion or Death Valley. Just make sure you leave plenty of time for your trip so you can really get to know this fascinating part of America. We recommend Alamo for cheap car hire in the USA – they have pickup locations at lots of locations in California and you can drop off at Vegas airport.