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Old 07-11-2012, 06:55 PM   #16
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I will echo what everyone else is saying for us we don't leave Vegas between 9am and 9pm on a Sunday. It just isn't worth it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:38 PM   #17
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I'm assuming (hoping) the reverse is OK, i.e. leave DL for Las Vegas on a Sunday? We have booked a night in Las Vegas on a Sunday night, planning to leave DL Sunday morning and drive back Monday afternoon.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:46 PM   #18
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DL to Vegas on Sunday is no problem. We almost always come home on Sunday. We just leave DL either before 2 or after 7 to avoid CA rush hour.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:05 PM   #19
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Ok, I have made the Vegas to DL many times but I am always going the right way for traffic. Californians are coming here on Friday or Saturday and going home on Sunday and that is what is going to cause you problems.

Since you have the opportunity to do the Dam tour on another day I reccomend doing that and leaving Vegas as early as possible on Sunday, like early morning. Two reasons for this are that you will miss the majority of the traffice if you leave early and it is really hot in the desert between here and DL so the earlier you leave the cooler it will be. Having said that you are in luck that this weekend is supposed to be a little cooler but in the open desert that you will be driving through it will still be hot.
If you try to leave in the afternoon it will be crowded and hot and you will just be sitting in your car for extra time in the heat.
When we go to California in the summer we generally try to be on the road by 6 or 7 and we have never had any problems when we leave then even if we are going the same way as the Californians.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:52 PM   #20
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Another option:

Go to the Dam on Sunday AM as you thought. When you leave there, go back through Boulder City and take US 95 South to I40. Take I40 west to Victorville. It might be a little longer drive, but you will avoid the major traffic slowdowns on I15.
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Old 07-12-2012, 12:54 PM   #21
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For those in the know.....

What is it like driving from vegas to DL on a Monday?

We are planning on leaving Vegas Oct 8, which is a Holiday? (I could be wrong, since as a Canadian I am not sure)

So would the Sunday driving rules, leave early etc apply if it is a holiday for the U.S.?

If it is not a holiday, any tips on what time to leave?

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Old 07-12-2012, 01:13 PM   #22
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For those in the know.....

What is it like driving from vegas to DL on a Monday?

We are planning on leaving Vegas Oct 8, which is a Holiday? (I could be wrong, since as a Canadian I am not sure)

So would the Sunday driving rules, leave early etc apply if it is a holiday for the U.S.?

If it is not a holiday, any tips on what time to leave?

Thanks so much
I do not know. If I had to guess I would say Columbus Day will impact traffic a little but nothing like a normal Sunday or a Monday which is a major holiday like Memorial Day or Labor Day.

FWIW, here is a list of American holidays for our international members:

"List of American Holidays" www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1937849
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It all depends. If half of Southern California chose to drive to Vegas for the weekend, it will be an incredible nightmare. Friends of ours were stuck in the Baker to Vegas relay race traffic on the way home, and it took 10 hours. They left at 11am. I would suggest being out of there no later than 9am.
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My $.02 based on experience. I wouldn't leave LV no later than 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. The majority of the traffic will be on the I15 until you get into So Cal metropolitan area. From there you can take the 210, 60 or 91. IMHO, the 91 is the best route and I disagree with an earlier PP to stay away from the 91. The 91 westbound on a Sunday will be fine. However, with one caveat and it applies to all of our freeways (an accident). If you have a smart phone, use sigalert.com or Google maps to monitor traffic.

For Virgoinab, our banks and governments get Columbus day off and So Cal traffic is light for a weekday. I would apply the same logic for that Monday as I would a Sunday. Traffic from LV maybe a little heavier than a regular sunday weekend based on the three day holiday for some.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #26
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Hmmm. I had not even thought of this. We will be leaving DLR on a Friday and driving to Vegas. I was hoping to stay at DLR until around 2...is that a terrible idea?
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Again my $.02, you need to be on the road by 2:00 p.m. If it's a holiday weekend, even a couple of hours earlier.
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For those in the know.....

What is it like driving from vegas to DL on a Monday?

We are planning on leaving Vegas Oct 8, which is a Holiday? (I could be wrong, since as a Canadian I am not sure)

So would the Sunday driving rules, leave early etc apply if it is a holiday for the U.S.?

If it is not a holiday, any tips on what time to leave?

Thanks so much
We are leaving Vegas that day, too. DH is planning on everyone being up and ready to leave by 6 am. DLR should be open 8-12 that day so we figure we have a lot of time at the parks. We hope to be in there by 11 am.
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Hm. Let me check my notes -

We reached Vegas at 705 AM on Sunday Jul 01. It was already 28C. We stopped for bathroom/gas/brunch in Barstow at 10 am and reached our hotel in Anaheim (Desert Palms Inn and Suites) at 130 pm. 36C. We wanted to get through the desert before the heat of the day hit. We chose the I15/91 (I think?)/10 route.

Going back to Vegas, we left Anaheim at 1130 AM Sunday Jul 08 and reached Vegas about 430 PM. Traffic going the other way (Nevada to California) was absolutely insane and was at a standstill in several places. Overheating cars everywhere we looked. Temps through the Mojave hovered in the 44-46C range.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:40 PM   #30
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Never considered travel issues between Vegas and DL. We are heading out next week, arriving at DL on Tuesday morning around 10 - 11am. What kind of traffic can we expect leaving Vegas on Tuesday around 6am?

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