Although Los Angeles and Las Vegas are just five hours apart, there's plenty to see in between. If you're looking for a road trip that is totally achievable in a day, or a weekend, then this is the perfect one. This one is planned for people who enjoy camping, but there are hotels along the way if you want to treat yourself to a little more luxury. Get your playlist at the ready, because the road trip is about to begin.
Drive to Mount San Antonio
The first part of your trip will take you from wherever you started in LA to one of our most spectacular mountains, Mount San Antonio. Often referred to by locals as Old Baldy, thanks to its white top, this mountain is part of the San Gabriel mountain range. Whilst there are plenty of lengthy trails that you can take along these ranges, one of the big benefits of being in a car is you can skip the hard bits and head straight for the good bits. Whilst we're not suggesting you hike up to the snowcap, there are some spectacular vistas that can be reached just a half an hour walk from the parking spot. For those who really want to take it easy you can park at the ski lift and take a ride up for $10, enjoying all of the views that hikers walk for hours for!
Joshua Tree National Park
There are no less than nine different camping sites at the Joshua Tree park and to be honest, you can't really go wrong.
Once you've seen all there is to see at Mount Baldy, it's time for your first overnight stop. You can omit this part if you want, but it would be a shame as this really is one of the best locations for camping. There are no less than nine different camping sites at the Joshua Tree park and to be honest, you can't really go wrong. If you're lucky enough to be traveling in an RV then the Hidden Valley campground is well worth a visit. They're obviously happy with vehicles and tents alike here and there's usually a friendly bunch to be found. Make yourselves at home here for the night, because tomorrow is a big driving day.
The Mojave National Preserve
This road trip is all about the desert and the dunes, so take your time to visit this incredible park. Here you'll find far more wildlife than you did in Joshua Tree and a great deal more solitude. If you want to get the best chance of seeing all the animals you can then it's worth taking a look at the website. Bighorn sheep and jackals are some of the larger mammals that you might get a chance to see, but the bats are really a spectacle. Treat yourself to a late night by the campfire and watch these lightning fast creatures coming home to roost.
Once you arrive in Vegas you can decide where you want to stay. Those traveling late this year should bear in mind that the Aria is home to the World Series of Poker, so might be busier than expected. If you're not sure if your trip coincides then it's worth checking out the WSOP schedule. For those who are just spending the day, how you spend it is entirely up to you. Of course it would be crazy to visit Vegas without spending a little time in the casino, but make sure you leave time for one of their famous all-you-can-eat buffets.