Two entirely different and opposite worlds exist just 269 miles apart. With reputations as “the city of Angels” and “Sin city” respectively, traveling from one to the other takes you from the exotic California coastline and beautiful beaches to the heart of Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Nevertheless, the journey is something you will never forget.
Famous for being “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas has 24/7 entertainment for you which includes shopping. It’s a great place to enjoy yourself on a long weekend particularly in cooler months from October to May.
GOOD THINGS ABOUT TRAVELING ON A BUS FROM LA TO LAS VEGAS
The journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas can be pretty tiring, but it is 80% cheaper than traveling by air. You can opt for a luxury bus, sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful and ravishing scenery.
Traveling by bus means that you will also save yourself from paying heavy car parking fees that many shopping malls and hotels charge in Vegas. You can take a cab from your drop-off point or ask the hotel you are staying in for a free pickup utilizing their courtesy shuttle service.
Megabus, Greyhound, and other bus services are available that regularly travel between LA and Las Vegas. These are luxury buses and have all upgrades including WiFi, reclining seats, enough legroom, power outlets, air-conditioning, and an onboard restroom. Some of them also offer beverages and snacks.
ROAD JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
Board the bus at the departure point of your particular bus service. The journey takes almost 5 hours, but it also depends on the route. Here are some of the things you should keep an eye on during this trip.
1. San Bernardino National Forest
As the journey starts, the city life is gone and you climb uphill in the forests. The route goes through San Jacinto Mountains with the San Bernardino National Forest in the east and the Los Angeles National Forest a little further towards the west. These forests are really famous for trail riding, hiking, bicycling, off-road vehicles, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities. Due to the high elevation, this area is used for snowshoeing and alpine skiing during winters, unlike what you expect in Southern California! These forest areas also protect wildlife such as bears, birds, bighorn sheep, squirrels, reptiles, deer, and amphibians including endangered species.
Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and Silverwood Lake are vacation points within the San Bernardino National Forest. There is a Wild Trout Stream at Deep Creek and also Thermal Springs.
After the beautiful forests, you will now enter a main town, Victorville – also known as “The Key City of the High Desert.” It was the Victorfield Army Airfield during WWII and later, it became the Georges Air Force Base until 1992 when it got decommissioned.
The U.S historic and famous Route 66 runs through the Victorville and it is marked right where the California Route 66 Museum is located on South D 7th Street. Towns on Route 6 are still famous for film and dramas location for western, military, and action films.
3. Mojave Desert
Victorville ends at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, and so you will feel a sudden change in the vegetation, scenery, and landscape. The desert plants which line the road would be creosote, cacti, yucca, and Joshua trees. This area is extremely cool and has dry weather during winters with temperatures dropping below the freezing point while it’s much warmer than LA in summers. Annual rainfall is minimal, just six inches, but in January 1949, Victorville did record 38 inches of snowfall!
Due to the higher elevation of this region, it is also referred to as the High Desert. It is windier and cooler during winters as compared to the Low Desert region of the Mojave.
When you reach Barstow, it means that you have completed half of your journey. It is 130 miles northeast of LA and 125 miles Southwest of Las Vegas which was also known as the Mormon Corridor. It also marks the juncture of I-15 with Route 66, the I-40 heading east to Flagstaff and S.R.58 heading west to the Bakersfield.
If you want to discover the old-fashioned ghost towns, then you should at sometime later visit the Calico Ghost town that is just outside Barstow. It was built in the year 1881 to house the miners coming to try their luck from the silver strike. In 1904, the mine was played out, but the town still remains and has maintained its fascination with tourists.
5. Mojave National Preserve
Mojave National Preserve was formed in order to preserve the region’s natural and cultural resources. It lies within the Mojave Desert. You will see an abundance of wildlife here and will see golden eagles and hawks soaring in the skies. You may also find coyotes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and desert tortoises that are searching for water, food, and shade in the scorching desert sun.