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Old 03-02-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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This Sunday I'll be coming home from Vegas to the San Gabriel Valley. I haven't done this trip on a Sunday in 3 years. How long should it take assuming no major traffic accidents? Last time I did it, it wasn't too bad.

Just trying to gauge thing because I need to be home by a certain time.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:05 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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i'd say add an extra couple of hours to the drive. it took me 5.5-6 hours to get home last year about this time on a sunday afternoon.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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My Sunday afternoon driving experience from Vegas to L.A. sucked. Made the trip on a Sunday night as well and it wasn't much better.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Depends on the happenings in Vegas too. I've made it in 3 hours, and I've done it in 7.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: RSM
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Leave Vegas by 11am the latest.. the later it is, the worse the traffic. It starts bunching up real bad around the fruit checkpoint and the potential for bad weather can definitely hurt an already poor commute through the cajon pass. I've seen it bumper to bumper nearly the whole way home on sunday afternoon/evening, so I totally avoid that drive at all cost
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I can't ever remember a drive back to L.A. that was less than 4 hours, due to traffic/accidents, etc... regardless of leaving early.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:41 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Why not leave in the morning to make sure you make it back on time. You have a time frame that you need to get back on. Better to have a stress free drive and know you will make it then to see if it is possible to make it in a shorter time frame. None of us can tell you what the traffic will be like on Sunday and past results don't allow us to make an informed guess.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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Alot of southern californians visit vegas for the weekend. On a Sunday afternoon, they all go home. If you want to avoid traffic, you'll need to hit the road by noon. The check-out time at many hotels is at 11 AM, although many people will probably eat lunch before heading back to California.

Another good reason for leaving early would be that you won't be facing the sun for a few hours. When leaving later in the afternoon, I hated watching the sun slowly inch toward the horizon.
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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I once made the mistake of driving to vegas on a holiday weekend, the drive TO vegas, the drive IN vegas and the drive back home FROM vegas was a nightmare, never again on a holiday weekend!
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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Being from out of town (Chicago area), I think a high-speed rail link between Las Vegas & Los Angeles would be a great idea. If I was visiting the region and wanted to spend some time in both cities, I would much rather take a train than have to catch another flight or endure a long, traffic-choked drive.
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