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Old 07-13-2012, 04:18 PM   #31
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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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None on a Tuesday except maybe when you get into California metro area. The Vegas issue is only on Sundays and some holidays.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:20 PM   #32
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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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None, except if there is a fatality on the 15. It should be smooth sailing, that is the PERFECT time to leave Vegas and hit no traffic. Just don't go over 70, because the CHP is out in force.
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:24 PM   #33
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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?
Keep in mind, 1/2 of Southern CA (okay, I'm exaggerating...but not by much) is in their car, heading for Vegas too. Even when traffic does start moving, it is a scary leap frog situation on the 2 lane road, with everyone trying to outrun their lane neighbor. Either leave by 8am on Friday to enjoy the day in Vegas or after 7pm on Friday.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:17 PM   #34
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None on a Tuesday except maybe when you get into California metro area. The Vegas issue is only on Sundays and some holidays.
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None, except if there is a fatality on the 15. It should be smooth sailing, that is the PERFECT time to leave Vegas and hit no traffic. Just don't go over 70, because the CHP is out in force.
Thanks for the info, we are hitting the road early Monday and looking forward to a great vacation.

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Old 07-14-2012, 01:39 PM   #35
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I live in Las Vegas and I can confirm, it is well known around here that you do NOT set off to Southern California on a Sunday afternoon. Now, if you leave really early or really late, yes, it will be better. It takes 4 and halfish hours to get to Anaheim, normally.
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I do everything to avoid Sunday traffic from Vegas to CA. We don't DO Vegas, but we travel through it on the way home from other destinations. When DH and I were young and newly married (25+ years ago), we would do the Sunday trip, but after one Sunday after Thanksgiving, when it took us 12 hours to get home (normally 4 hours), I said never again. I'll have the kids miss school on Monday and travel on that day if I have to, but I usually travel a day early on Saturday. If it's a Sunday after a holiday, you usually have to leave before 6 am to guarantee no traffic. If it's a regular Sunday, then like the others have stated, go before 9 am or after 9 pm. It is way hot there. I just got back from Vegas on Thursday, and we had temperatures from 103-120 F. It never got below 100 F. If you're in stop and go traffic, you're likely to risk overheating even if you've turned off your AC. When we traveled through Vegas 2 weeks ago on our way to Colorado, there was an accident, and we were in stop and go traffic for about 30 minutes. We had to turn off the AC and were worried about overheating. Our car is in good shape.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:38 PM   #37
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The rule on Sunday should be 8 - 8. Leave before 8:00 or after 8:00
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:20 PM   #38
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What happens is the checkout times for the Las Vegas hotels are all at around 11am to 1pm. So everyone checks out and gets on the road at the same time. The previously mentioned before 8am or after 8pm rule seems to be good, either way check the traffic before you leave.

The other thing you could do is after Hoover Dam you could take US93 south after going back through Boulder City. You could cut over to I-15 by turning right in Searchlight. You could also continue down 93 to I-40 and jog down on some smaller roads to I-10 and come in that way. But the I-10 way will take 6 hours with no traffic, but it is more scenic and less traveled than I-15.

I personally would stick with I-15.
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