Traveling to Las Vegas by car may be one of the easiest proposition bets a gambler will ever encounter. Main routes from California flow easily into both Las Vegas along I-15 from Los Angeles and into Reno along I-80 from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. There may be casinos in 38 states, but Las Vegas draws the heaviest stream of vehicle traffic of any gaming center.Population Boom
Nevada's population has more than doubled in the last 20 years, so travelers will find 58 Nevada cities that offer casinos! Some have only slot machines, but many have full-scale casinos that rival those found in Reno and other locations across the states.California to Las Vegas
Las Vegas gets the bulk of its vehicle traffic from California, but some hearty souls travel down for Oregon and Washington also. I-5 is the easiest route with plenty of rest stops, gas stations and fast food restaurants to whet your thirst along the way. Once travelers are near Sacramento in Northern California, they can take either I-5 or highway 99 south to Bakersfield.
Taking highway 58 to Barstow is the quickest route, but there is more open country and fewer rest stops on this leg of the journey (remember: Barstow or Bust!). From Barstow, take I-15 east to Las Vegas. Then your only question will be where to park.
From Southern California, below Bakersfield and around San Bernadino/Riverside, you can get directly to I-15. The highway is very good in to Las Vegas with plenty of roadside stops. There are no long stretches without gas or fast-food, and cruising at 70 mph or above is standard. It is approximately five hours (280 miles) to Las Vegas from Los Angeles. Some travelers do decide to take the trip to Pahrump, NV for a more serene casino vacation.
If you find yourself close to the Arizona border near Blyth, California, you'll want to take I-10 towards Pomona where you can get onto 1-15 east.Arizona to Las Vegas
From Flagstaff, take I-40 to Kingman where you can head over to highway 93 north and over Boulder Dam. From Phoenix, start the four hour, 225 mile-ride toward Flagstaff on I-17. Next, take Carefree Highway towards Lake Pleasant and then State Route 74 to Wickenburg, 50 miles from Phoenix.
In Wickenburg, take US 93, the Arizona Joshua Parkway, but be aware that this is also the deadliest highway in Arizona. The route is often just two-lanes with poor visibility due to turns and dips in the road.
Highway 93 from Kingman takes the traveler over Boulder Dam to Las Vegas. Taking the Bullhead City exit takes the traveler west on Highway 68 which merges into Arizona Highway 95. Turn right at the Laughlin Bridge and you are at Casino Row - at Don Laughlin's Riverside.
Traveling from Laughlin to Las Vegas is approximately 100 miles on some very straight, very boring road. 19 miles on NV 163 to Seachlight, and then 55 miles to US 95 north towards Henderson, then on to Las Vegas.From Utah to Nevada
From Southern Utah, the most direct route to Las Vegas is through St. George. I-15 travels through Mesquite, Nevada with several prominent hotel casinos and on into Las Vegas.
Traveling from Salt Lake City towards Reno, drivers travel along I-80 past Wendover at the Nevada border and through Elko, Battle Mountain, and Winnemucca to Reno. The road is rarely ever closed due to snow and has only gradual changes in altitude. Each major town has hotel casinos but there are some 50-miles stretches of barren desert. Highway 93 south can be traveled from Wendover to Las Vegas.Reno and Lake Tahoe from California
From Southern or Northern California, travelers will take I-5 or highway 99 to Sacramento. Routes to either Reno or Lake Tahoe are approximately 100 miles. Travelers heading to South Shore Lake Tahoe will take highway 50, a winding mountain highway prone to snow in the winter, but beautiful during all seasons. Those wishing to travel to Reno will take I-80, which is a smoother, quicker route to Nevada, but also offers some mountain highway with snow in the winter.
Drivers may also travel along highway 395 which runs past Death Valley, Yosemite, Mono Lake and Bridgeport up to Nevada at Topaz Lake. The road is often two-lanes, extremely pretty much of the way especially in the fall, and can be followed from the Nevada border to Carson City. There is a new extension with a wonderful archway above Washoe Valley that makes the drive to Reno a snap. Travelers in extreme Northern California can also take highway 395 south from Susanville to Sparks and Reno.From Idaho to Nevada
Visitors from Idaho are likely to take highway 93 south to the Nevada state line at Jackpot, which features several hotel casinos. Highway 51 can also be taken directly into Elko.From Oregon to Nevada
Although Oregon borders Nevada, travelers are likely to take I-5 south into California before catching highway 395 and driving through Susanville to Sparks and Reno or heading straight down I-5 to Bakersfield and then over to Las Vegas.Traveling from Reno to Las Vegas
Reno to Las Vegas is approximately 440 miles and much of the route offers 75 mph highway. Leaving Reno, take I-80 east to Salt Lake City. Reno is approximately 30 miles to Fernley where the traveler should take highway 50 another 30 miles to Fallon. A direct route to Las Vegas is offered along highway 95 from the middle of the town of Fallon. This drive will have stretches of desert that offer no service for up to 100 miles.
Towns along the route are Hawthorne (135 miles), Tonopah (105 miles), Beatty (94 miles), and on to Las Vegas, which is another 117 miles.