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San Diego to Las Vegas: Alternate route (not the I-15)
by DanDiego
United States Nevada Las Vegas
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Wanted to try a different route to Vegas, instead of the I-15. 

Left San Diego via the I-8 east.  We went north through the desert on the S-2 at Ocotillo. Saw some desert wildflowers and some amazing scenery, as usual..

At the 78 we went east to Borrego Springs, seeing more wildflower blooms and a family of sheep scampering on the rocks. 

We took the S-22 to the Salton Sea, then the 86 to Mecca, then Box Canyon to the I-10.  We saw the largest desert wildflowers while driin through Box Canyon. We decided then to skip Joshua Tree Nat'l Park and headed east for the Desert Center Rice Road/Route 177.  We went north on that to Needles. 

We found a great little restaurant on the Colorado River and sat down for some chow and big Bloody Mary's.

It was only another 100 miles up the 95 to Vegas.  Not a bad alternative route at all.  Plus, we were able to see the desert flowers at their peak.



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