LA to Vegas Road Trip
Last weekend my friend Jess and I took a mini road trip to Las Vegas. Most of the time the drive from LA to Vegas is a boring 4 hour trip through the desert. This time, we decided to make the most of it. We found this really cool blog that explores all of the weird stops in detail and decided to try some of them out. Instead of the usual 4 hours, it took us 9. If you're in the LA area and have a whole day to devote to the Vegas drive, I highly recommend the following stops...
We got off the 15 in Victorville in order to explore Route 66. The exit you need to take is 153a. It dumps you right on to Route 66. We passed under the Steel Truss Bridge and came upon a few cute antique shops.
The old gas station pictured below is right next to the antique shops.
A little ways down the road is Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch. This place is definitely worth stopping. It's open from dawn until dusk. It's impossible to not take a million photos here.
We got back on to the 15 in Barstow and headed to Peggy Sue's Diner. You can't miss it. I've always wanted to stop here. The most surprising thing to me was how tiny it was inside. It's typical diner food so stick with a burger or a sandwich.
You can walk through Peggy Sue's gift shop and out back is a weird little garden with ponds full of turtles and a few metal dinosaurs.
Our last stop before Vegas was the Calico Ghost Town. It's basically right across the street from Peggy Sue's. You just go under the freeway and down Ghost Town Road until you see the sign below. It's owned by Knott's Berry Farm and costs $8 for adults.
At the end of the town's main road you can climb a little hill and get a cool photo of the entire town. It was about 110 degrees when we were there but we made the hike anyway. Then we grabbed a cold bottle of water and ran back to the air conditioned car.
Last stop... Vegas of course! We stayed downtown and had a blast!