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Phoenix to Las Vegas by car

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A meandering drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas, stopping at attractions including Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.

Understand

It's only 300 miles from Phoenix to Vegas, and the distance between the two along the shortest line could easily be covered in a day. However, the number of sights and the sheer variety of scenery along and around this route is simply staggering, and a leisurely drive gives an excellent introduction to America's Southwest.

Prepare

Get in

Both Phoenix and Las Vegas are major transport hubs accessible by plane from all over the United States. Cars can easily be rented at either, and you can usually negotiate a free drop-off at the other end.

Drive

Day 1: Phoenix to Flagstaff

  • Explore Phoenix in the morning
  • I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon exit
  • West onto SR 179 to Sedona
  • SR 89a to Flagstaff
  • Overnight at Flagstaff

Day 2: Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon

  • Route 89 north
  • Detour to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument
  • East to Route 160, stop at Tuba City
  • North at Kayenta onto Route 163 and Monument Valley
  • Backtrack along Route 163, 160, 89 to Cameron
  • West on AZ-64 to Grand Canyon in time for sunset at Desert View (East Rim)
  • Overnight at Tusayan

Day 3: Grand Canyon

  • Full day for exploring the Canyon
  • Overnight at Tusayan or Williams

Day 4: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas

Stay safe

Much of the route is in desert areas where summer heat can be fearsome and gas stations are few and far between. Take plenty of water, and fill up your tank before heading off the Interstates.

Get out

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