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Road Trip to Vegas: Los Angeles to Las Vegas

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Visiting Las Vegas is a treat, but why wait to get the experience started? If you’re lucky enough to live driving distance from the city, or just prefer wheels over other modes of transportation, taking a road trip to Vegas is an exciting way to get your trip started. In just a matter of hours, you can drive through miles of interesting road trip stops before winding up in Sin City. The Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive is one filled with an abundance of desert landscapes, delicious eating spots, and kitschy art.

Pack your bags, gather the group, and fill the tank, because we have all the recommendations to have the best Los Angeles to Las Vegas road trip!

The Logistics: Route, Drive Time & Traffic

Depending on which route you’d like to take while driving to Vegas from LA, expect to spend at least four hours on the road. Without factoring in traffic, driving on the I-15 N is the shortest and more popular drive, clocking in at about 4 hours and 15 minutes for drivetime over the course of 270 miles. On this route, you’ll experience the iconic drive between Victorville and Barstow.

Alternatively, those looking for a little more nature on the road trip may opt for the slightly longer drive on the I-10 E. This route is approximately 325 miles from the heart of LA, and without traffic will take around 5.5 hours. This route takes you past Joshua Tree National Park and through the Mojave Desert.

On average, roughly 35,650 people daily drive through the California/Nevada state line at the I-15 Primm exit. That being said, it’s more likely than not that you’ll hit some traffic on your road trip. Friday is the busiest time for people to start their Los Angeles to Las Vegas road trip, and running into that traffic can easily add an extra hour to your drive time. Take extra care on holidays or when there are big Las Vegas events as well, as you may see your hours on the road hitting double digits. If possible, try to leave on a less-popular day – Monday through Wednesday will probably be your fastest bet.

Los Angeles to Las Vegas stops in a gif.

Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip Stops

Route 66 Museum | 157 Miles to Vegas

Main Street of America, the Mother Road, Will Rogers Highway… whatever you want to call it, go get your kicks at the Route 66 Museum. This museum in Victorville is a fun way to learn about the roads you’re taking!

The Oldest Del Taco | 157 Miles to Vegas

While the original Del Taco from Yermo, CA is now closed, Barstow is home to the chain’s longest-operating restaurant. Stop in and order something off of their secret menu for a quick road trip bite!

Calico Ghost Town | 150 Miles to Vegas

Once founded as a silver mining town in 1881, the Calico Ghost Town was architecturally restored in the 1950s and is now California’s Silver Rush Ghost Town. Take a step back in time and embrace some of California’s past.

Zzyzx Road | 101 Miles to Vegas

A rural road with a bizarre name (and equally bizarre past) has understandably drawn some attention from roadtrippers. In 1944, the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa resided in this area, but it is now home to the Desert Studies Center.

The Mad Greek Cafe | 94 Miles to Vegas

Featured on the very first episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this road trip restaurant in Baker is a unique place to grab a bite. From milkshakes to gyros, The Mad Greek Cafe can satisfy any appetite while sitting amongst Grecian statues.

Alien Fresh Jerky | 93 Miles to Vegas

Also in Baker, it’s hard to miss the giant alien greeting you. Snack on some homemade jerky (made of beef, not aliens) as a road trip snack! If you’re driving to Vegas from LA in the future, keep an eye out for their upcoming UFO Hotel.

Primm, Nevada | 44 Miles to Vegas

Right past the state line, a tiny oasis welcomes visitors to Nevada. Primm is home to three casinos, an outlet mall, and even a roller coaster. Whether you’re stopping in town to get gas or to gamble, Primm is a great prequel to Las Vegas.

Pioneer Saloon | 39 Miles to Vegas

Built in 1913, the Pioneer Saloon is a classic. This bar is saturated in Western history, as evidenced by the bullet holes in the walls, original brass detailings, and tales of patrons like Clark Gable. Take a seat at the bar and drink in the history!

Seven Magic Mountains | 26 Miles to Vegas

You might notice your Los Angeles to Las Vegas drive is very… beige. Luckily, the Seven Magic Mountains art installation by Ugo Rondinone brings a pop of color to the desert landscape. Especially during sunset, this is a great photo op.

Red Rock Canyon | 16 Miles to Vegas

The desert landscape doesn’t always need a pop of color to stay interesting. Visit Red Rock Canyon for a variety of ways to appreciate Nevada’s natural beauty outside of the Vegas lights, from hiking to climbing to biking!

Some say life isn’t only about the destination, it’s about the journey. If you’re planning your next trip to Las Vegas, consider hitting the road and making an adventure out of it.

Performer at Las Rageous in front of the screaming crowd.

8 Reasons Why Las Rageous 2018 is Going to be the Best Yet

It’s about to get outrageous in Downtown Las Vegas. Las Rageous is back for its second year, after a successful 2017 debut. The rock and metal concert drew sellout crowds of more than 10,000 attendees from all around the world and is back for more. The 2nd annual Las Rageous music festival will take place Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The lineup this year is even harder than the last with headliners like A Perfect Circle on Friday and Five Finger Death Punch on Saturday.  Calling all headbangers: Las Rageous 2018 is going be a riot. Are you ready to rage?

Las Rageous Lineup 2018

Performers at Las Rageous.

This rock/metal festival, sponsored by Live Nation, will be held at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. At least nineteen artists and bands will perform on two stages over two days. While set times won’t be announced until two weeks prior, they have announced who will be performing at Las Rageous 2018.

Day One: Friday, April 20

-A Perfect Circle
-Ghost
-Clutch
-Underoath
-Beartooth
-Pop Evil
-Atreyu
-VYCES
-DED

Day Two: Saturday, April 21

-Five Finger Death Punch
-Judas Priest
-In This Moment
-Saxon
-Hollywood Undead
-Black Star Riders
-The Picturebooks
-Joyous Wolf
-Adelitas Way
-Bad Wolves

The Best Year Yet

Multiple performers on stage for Las Rageous.

If the stacked lineup doesn’t have you convinced, these predictions for Las Rageous 2018 will! Here are eight reasons why this festival will be one to remember:

1. You’ll Hear New Singles. A Perfect Circle will be playing material from their newest release at this years Las Rageous festival. The new single, “The Doomed”, is their first song since 2013, and the album is set to release sometime in 2018.

2.You’ll Jam Out to Old Favorites. Legendary band Judas Priest recently announced a 2018 tour across North America, with openers Saxon and Black Star Riders. These favorites will appear at Las Rageous 2018 during their tour.

3.There Are Discounts for Returnees. Returning festival attendees can purchase tickets with a special discount code. Visit Las Rageous’ Facebook Page for more information.

4.You’ll Experience a Larger Lineup. Last year, over sixteen notable groups performed, including Of Mice and Men, Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold, and Breaking Benjamin. This year has even more noteworthy groups, with at least nineteen bands scheduled to perform.

5.There’s Free WiFi. Need we say more?

6.It’s An Event For All Ages. Ages 5 and up are allowed to attend Las Rageous, so everyone in the family can enjoy this fun and unique Las Vegas activity.

7.It’s All About Location, Location, Location. With several great hotels located in Downtown Las Vegas within a 5 minute walk of the festival site, the ease of getting to Las Rageous alone should convince you to make the trip. If you opt to stay on the Strip, it’s only a short 5 to 10 minute cab ride.

8.We’ll Celebrate Hometown Heroes. Las Vegas locals, Five Finger Death Punch, will be performing on Day Two.

Head to Las Vegas to watch some of the most talented rock and metal performers and get ready to rage. Add a weekend at Las Rageous to the top of your 2018 concert bucket list for an outRAGEOUSly good time!

Fremont Street compared to the Las Vegas Strip.

Faceoff: Downtown Vegas vs. The Strip

If you’ve ever visited the Entertainment Capital of the World, then you know that Vegas doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind show, the best happy hour, a peaceful hike through Nevada’s red rocks, or thrill-chasing memories, you’ve come to the right place. But, the million dollar question is: do you choose the Strip or Downtown when visiting Las Vegas?

Follow along as Downtown Vegas and the Strip battle it out in a faceoff. Which location will be victorious when it comes to pleasing the desert’s visitors?

Round 1: First Impressions

Las Vegas visitors are greeted by breathtaking views, amazing lights, impeccable weather, and an electric vibe. In round one, we look at the Strip and Downtown’s first impressions!

The Strip

The fountains of Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip.

Generally, when you mention to people that you will be visiting Las Vegas, their first thought is of the Strip. These 4.2 miles are filled with many remarkable Vegas landmarks. There’s The Fountains of Bellagio, a free activity centered in the middle of the Strip, and the many hotels dotting the Strip give visitors plenty to gush over. The Cosmopolitan, ARIA, Caesars Palace, and many more exhibit the city’s modern edge and history. And when the sun goes down, the millions of city lights come out to play.

Downtown Vegas

Exterior of Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.attribute: http://www.las-vegastravelguide.com/golden-gate-hotel-casino/

As you stroll North of the Strip, you’ll reach Downtown, or Fremont Street. The area is lined with some amazing hotels, such as the Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, The D, and Plaza, that contribute to the birth and growth of fabulous Las Vegas. Each hotel houses a casino and provides something unique for its visitors.

As you continue down the Fremont Street Experience, you’ll notice the amazing canopy above. Take in the dazzling lights, witness high flyers on Slotzilla, cheer on the street performers, or hop into a bar for a drink. There’s no denying that the Strip makes a great first impression, but don’t underestimate Downtown’s charm.

*Round 1 Winner: The Strip

Round 2: The Bar & Restaurant Scene

We’re sure that one of the first things on your Vegas checklist is finding the perfect restaurant or bar. Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, something quick and easy, or a trendy new pick, Las Vegas has you covered. But do you head to the Strip or Downtown?

The Strip

Interior of Bardot Brasserie restaurant at ARIA.attribute: https://thingstodoinlasvegas.com/bardot-brasserie-at-aria/

When it comes to top notch Las Vegas cuisine, you probably want to make your way out to The Strip simply because of the wide variety of dishes available. Whether you’re looking for an Italian dish, the freshest sushi, or a mouthwatering steak dinner, you can find it all. Bardot Brasserie specializes in luxury and impeccable flavor, while ARIA’s elegant cafe is the perfect place for French comfort food and wine. If you’re looking for something a little more “Vegas,” check out Cabo Wabo Cantina, right in the middle of the Strip.

The Las Vegas Strip has some delicious food choices, but what’s dinner without a drink? But beware, drinks on the Strip are sure to cost more than their Downtown counterparts. You pay for the drink, the service, the environment, and the experience. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome happy hours to be had. Margaritaville at The Flamingo offers nickel beer hour from 5-6pm every night, and Beerhaus at The Park has happy hour from 2-6pm and features $4 draft beers and hot dogs (and free yard games!).

Downtown Vegas

Exterior of Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas.attribute: https://downtowncontainerpark.com/

It’s hard to beat Fremont Street’s restaurant and bar scene. Container Park is a fun area in Fremont East District that’s made out of shipping containers and has a number of food and drink options. Le Thai is a favorite among both locals and visitors, and although the waitlist can get long, the delicious Thai food is worth it. Plus, you can always pop into the many nearby bars to enjoy your time. Another mouthwatering pick is Andiamo Steakhouse at The D. Enjoy American prime steaks with an Italian edge.

Complement your meal with a drink or two at one of Downtown Las Vegas’ many happy hours. These deals blow the Strip out of the water and include beers, specialty cocktails, and brunch beverages.

*Round 2 Winner: Downtown Las Vegas

Round 3: Unique Activities

The Strip

Roller Coaster ride at New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.attribute: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NYNY-rollercoaster.jpg

Not only is Vegas known for being the gambling capital of the world, but it’s also home to quite a few unique experiences. Some include the roller coaster at New York New York, the High Roller at the Linq Promenade, and riding in a gondola on the canals through the Venetian. And of course, there’s shopping! With so many elegant and unique shops around, it’s hard to walk away without getting at least a little something for yourself. If you’re looking for practical stores, check out Fashion Show Mall. Or, go all out at the shops at the Bellagio or Planet Hollywood.

Downtown Vegas

Neon Museum at night in Downtown Las Vegas.attribute: http://www.neonmuseum.org/

The Strip may be big and flashy, but Downtown Las Vegas reigns with truly unique opportunities. There is the nightly light show on Fremont Street, unique casino games like Sigma Derby at The D or coin slots at El Cortez, and other picks that show off Vegas’ individuality. Not into gaming? Check out the many museums in the area, such as The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

The list doesn’t end there, though, for Downtown Las Vegas’ unique attractions. There is also the Slotzilla Zipline and Zoomline, Axehole, the Golden Nugget shark tank, Fear the Walking Dead, and – for the foodies out there – Heart Attack Grill! There’s no doubt that downtown wins this round.

*Round 3 Winner: Downtown Las Vegas

After three intense rounds, Downtown Vegas has come out victorious as the best overall Vegas experience! Other stand-out qualities include:

-The easy walkability
-Affordable hotel, food, and drink prices
-Smaller crowds compared to the hustle and bustle of the Strip
-The rich history
-The people-watching opportunities
-The art
-The overall vibe

Whether you choose to visit the Strip or Downtown Las Vegas, you’re sure to have a great time and will quickly want to come back for more fun and excitement.

Representation of Bitcoin.

The Best Ways to Utilize Your Bitcoin in Vegas

 

We watched as actual cash became obsolete with the rise of credit and debit cards, and today we have a new currency on our hands – bitcoin. Bitcoin is the leading cryptocurrency and is rising in both value and popularity. In Las Vegas, bitcoin can even be used to book hotel rooms, eat out, and more! Highlighted here are venues all across Vegas that accept bitcoin and the best ways to utilize this new type of currency.

What is Bitcoin?

Before we dive into how to use bitcoin for your weekend in Vegas, let’s talk briefly about what bitcoin is! Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, meaning that it is bought, traded, and sold using cryptography to secure transactions. Bitcoin was the first decentralized digital currency, and there are now other competitors (like Ethereum) that operate under similar principles. Bitcoin is bought, sold, and traded through digital wallets.

Who Accepts Bitcoin in Las Vegas?

Every year we see more establishments accepting bitcoin as a form of payment. But, The D and Golden Gate were the first ones in the area to accept the cryptocurrency. Because of this, we are ahead of the trend and can accept bitcoin for dining, hotel reservations, our gift shops, and at the front desk.

Bitcoin purchases at our hotels are processed through BitPay, a service that streamlines transactions on mobile devices. Our cashiers are equipped with BitPay so you can easily pay for services using your mobile wallets. In response to guests’ increasing interest in using Bitcoin in Las Vegas, our co owner and CEO, Derek Stevens, said “I’m proud that the D and Golden Gate will be the first casino properties to accept Bitcoin. We’re located in the growing high-tech sector of Downtown Las Vegas, and like all things Downtown, we’re quickly adaptive to new technology.” The one exception is at the casinos, where only US currency is accepted for all gambling.

In addition to The D and Golden Gate, the following locations in Las Vegas also accept bitcoin:

The Legends Room Gentleman’s Club

Rocket Fizz (has a bitcoin ATM)

Ketchup Burger Bar (has a bitcoin ATM)

Bitcoin is still in its infancy in Las Vegas, and The D and Golden Gate remain on the cutting edge of this technology.

Second representation of bitcoin.

How to Use Bitcoin in Las Vegas

So, how exactly do you convert a cryptocurrency into real money you can use in Vegas? The easiest and most accessible way is to use a Bitcoin ATM. These ATMs work by connecting your bitcoin account and turning bitcoins into cash. Or, you could shop at places that use a bitcoin transaction software like BitPay. Check out this list of Las Vegas bitcoin ATMs to locate one near where you are staying. Las Vegas has ATMs both on and off the Strip.

We live in a day and age where you can use bitcoin to enjoy yourself in Vegas. Enjoy a famous chili dog at American Coney Island or a fine steak meal at Andiamo Steakhouse without even having to take out your wallet!