What’s the best driving route from Las Vegas to Orlando?

Our dear children, ages 9, 7, and 5, have forced my wife and me to take them on a road trip from our home in Las Vegas to Disney World. I suggested Disneyland in L.A., but the kids were having none of it (especially the 5-year-old—he’s the ringleader). We’re heading out in a few days, so what’s the best driving route from Las Vegas to Orlando?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on May 18, 2022
We here at Jerry adore all children, and your three little ones seem very persuasive, especially the youngest.
The best driving route from Las Vegas to Orlando is mostly along I-40 E. It will take you 34 hours and cover 2,308 miles, so we suggest splitting the trip up into five or six days.
But if your 5-year-old forces you to make the trek in one shot… well, we tried.
Here are some highlights on the way: Here are some highlights on the way:
  • Wave goodbye to Vegas and head south on US-93 through Kingman, Arizona (the heart of historic Route 66), before heading east on I-40 through Flagstaff.
  • Spend the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the 5-year-old has arranged for the family to stay at Walter White’s.
  • Leave ABQ driving east across sandy New Mexico and dusty West Texas before riding into Dallas, where you probably won’t have the energy (or permission) to grab a Tangarita at The Grapevine Bar.
  • Ditch Dallas at the crack of dawn, heading east along I-20 to lunch in Shreveport, Louisiana, before visiting Gators and Friends (make sure the 5-year-old doesn’t turn you into lunch).
  • Continue east through Jackson, Mississippi, and bed down in Mobile, Alabama, after paying a visit to the USS Alabama (how your 5-year-old already knew his way around the ship, you’ll never know).
  • Leave Mobile along I-10 E, passing through Florida’s capital of Tallahassee, where your 5-year-old has somehow arranged a 1-on-1 (for himself, not you) with the governor.
  • Leave Tallahassee and hit I-75 S before heading into Orlando, where Mickey and Minnie are waiting.
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