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Route 66, SoCal to Las Vegas.

Discussion in 'Southern California' started by ryanjboutin, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Jul 20, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    Thinking about taking a little road trip this weekend to see my friend in Las Vegas.

    I usually just take the 15/215/15 straight up.

    I think I can hit Route 66 in Barstow, correct?

    Going to find some maps tomorrow.

    Anybody have any input?
     
  2. Jul 21, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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    it is long ass drive :$ on route 66.
     
  3. Jul 21, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    Doesn't it run by the 40 ? Thats headed towards Needles
     
  4. Jul 21, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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    route 66 will go from barstow to kingman then head on out to seligman. from kingman you will have to take the 93 into vegas..... scenic route is to take I 40 or 15 to to kelbaker road then kelso cima rd then morningstar mine rd to nipton rd to searchlight then the back way into vegas

    66 is mostly i 40 in cali except small bypasses on national trails near amboy and in goffs and needles. it really doesnt really hit 66 until you cross the 40 bridge then hit the 66 through oatman to kingman to seligman....
     
  5. Jul 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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    I think I'm going to take the 15 to the 40, then take route 66/route 10 up to Kingman, AZ and take the 93 into the 95 up to North Las Vegas.
     
  6. Jul 21, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    Ok. Well you get off on national trails rd near amboy and it is a short run. Then it puts you back on 40,m then off again in goffs, then in needles, cross the bridge take the road to oatman and then you get rt 66 for a bit.

    When you go through oatman stop there, good bars and a real cool museum. Then as you leave oatman towards kingman there are a few cool stops. At the summit of the pass there is a parking area with a great overlook and a bunch of comedic grave markers, but it actually used to be the graveyard for the miners. Then as you pull a sweeping right coming down the hill you will make out what looks like a staircase cut into the rock on the right on the side of a mountain. Stop there and walk up to a natural spring concreted in during the great depression and stocked with goldfish. normally there are donkeys on that road so be careful not to hit one. Then as you come out of the mountains on the left will be ed's camp. New owners wont let anyone stop or walk around there but it is a remnant of the depression. Past that is a general store with a nice era gas pump. After that it is just a drive into kingman. at the intersection where you will bang a left to go to 93/vegas there is the powerhouse museum on the right and mohave museum on the left. I recommend the powerhouse. Right across the street is Mr. D's which is a replica soda shop and has great burgers and rootbeer floats.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM
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    Awesome.
     
  8. Jul 21, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    Not like in TJ. No donkey shows.

    Sorry to disappoint.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    I should have said hairpin right coming down the hill, it is all hairpin turns, I just cant remember which one has the staircase cut into the rock... but heading towards kingman it will be to your right

    here are some pics and info on where you will be driving

    http://desertmarmot.com/trips/northwest_az10/index.php

    shaffers spring is it, and cool springs is the gas pumps
     
  11. Jul 21, 2011 at 3:58 PM
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    In all honesty, I'll probably stop only once or twice for a picture next to a route 66 sign and a burger and gas.

    Gotta be in Vegas before dark.
     
  12. Jul 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    DOnkey show in vegas :D.
     
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    In some spots, the state highway dept will have the Route 66 sign stenciled onto the highway (road)
     
  14. Jul 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    that looks like it's gonna be fun, Ryan. I hope you have a fun and safe drive :)
     
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