Dallas to las vegas and back in 8 days
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Dec 19, 2012 6:45 PM Last Post By: trekker502
Dec 13, 2012 9:19 AM
Dallas to las vegas and back in 8 daysHi Travellers,
We are 3 friends and are planning for a road trip from Dallas to Las Vegas. We have 8 days for the whole trip and back to dallas. We want to do this trip during this Christmas/New year holidays. We want to visit grand Canyon as well. Can you please suggest the best routes and best places to look around in this short time?
Dec 13, 2012 10:07 AM
1Give your limited time, have you considered looking for a cheap flight to Vegas or Albuquerque, and starting your road trip from there?
If not, head through Amarillo to Albuquerque. Spend a day visiting Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Then continue to Vegas and see Grand Canyon on your way back. For the return trip, you could head south through Carlsbad, then take I-20 back.
Here is a map of the route: http://goo.gl/maps/K6p5D. Note that it involves 42 hours of driving, which is a bit ridiculous given that you only have 8 days. The route back could be modified to pick up Tuscon if you have an interest in large cacti.
Dec 13, 2012 10:16 AM
Dec 13, 2012 11:34 AM
Dec 13, 2012 12:32 PM
4@Tilos: I was planning the reverse way, going to carlsband to santa fe to canyon to vegas and then return through Albuquerque to Amarillo to dallas.
@TexasTea: "Do be prepared for winter storms; they can shut down any or all of these roads any time." Do we have chances for this then what are the preparations/precautions we should take in such a case??
@mickyfinn , yes we are planning to do the whole trip by car...do you have any better suggestion.. this is our first road trip!!
Dec 13, 2012 12:38 PM
5I have done many road trips in the USA and yours is easily done in 8 days with a few stops as well. Around 300 miles a day so start off at around 9, stop for lunch and be there before late in the evening. Plus you mention there are 3 of you. Do you all share the driving? Even easier. Sounds great!
Dec 13, 2012 12:48 PM
6I would plan on staying at the Sin City Hostel as hotel "deals will be few over Christmas week...If the Weather looks good, do the northern leg first...Then you can flee down the 93 to Phoenix and drive variations of the I-10 home...carracar
Dec 13, 2012 5:03 PM
7Winter storms here typically blow in from the west or the north ("blue northers"). Monitoring national/regional weather reports will usually give advance warning of any travel-related issues (but not always). That said, I would not make this trip in winter without carrying emergency food, water, and a sleeping bag (for warmth if stuck on the side of the road).
One big road hazard in a north Texas winter storm is what is referred to as "black ice". This is actually a sheet of clear ice on top of the black road surface. Because it is invisible, it is very dangerous: hitting a patch traveling at even moderate speeds can send a vehicle out of control. That includes both you and the big-rig coming the other direction. So if temperatures fall to near or below freezing and there has been precipitation, get off the road.
As for chances: it's been mild so far this winter, but that could change any time. The good news is that it is not tornado season.
Dec 14, 2012 6:01 AM
8We are currently in the midst of our second seasonal snowstorm with heavy winds here in northern New Mexico, which is forecast to last for possibly 3 days. There were heavy rains in southern New Mexico starting last evening. If driving conditions are bad, New Mexico closes its Interstate Highways until after they have been plowed and sanded. The Interstates -40 and -25 were completely closed for several hours last Sunday because there were many accidents on the ice during a snowfall of 12 inches.
Carry chains for your car's rear tires and a bag of gravel kitty litter to use as traction if your tires spin after you have stopped at a light signal or in a parking lot that has ice. Also, be prepared for driving on very muddy roads if you drive on back roads in the Grand Canyon area.
Dec 15, 2012 9:04 AM
9Trekker's comments do an excellent job of emphasizing how large the distances are for your trip: we are currently 62°C and sunny in Dallas.
Dec 16, 2012 7:06 PM
Dec 17, 2012 5:12 AM
11Yesterday, Flagstaff, Arizona, got a record-breaking one foot of snowfall in one day. Flagstaff is along Interstate-40, close to the turnoff for the Grand Canyon and highway to Las Vegas.
Dec 19, 2012 4:53 PM
12And here comes one now! http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/?zipCode=75261.
Dec 19, 2012 6:45 PM
13Santa Fe got one inch of snowfall this morning and then 70 mph winds blowing the snow over the highways creating icy conditions. Tomorrow morning, the temperature is forecast to drop to 2F degrees in Santa Fe -- don't know about wind chill factor. We are expecting more snow here this weekend. We will have a white Christmas!
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