What’s the best route from Las Vegas to San Francisco?

So the fellas and I like to “make it rain” (as the kids say) here in Vegas, but we’re getting older and feel like we should enjoy life in a more sophisticated manner. What’s the best route from Las Vegas to San Francisco?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on May 18, 2022
Well, you’ve got quite the adventurous (and very un-Vegas) drive ahead of you!
The best route from Las Vegas to San Francisco is I-15 S to I-5 N. The trip to California will take 8 hours and 45 minutes.
“What will we see along the way?” we hear you and the fellas cry. Plenty!
We here at Jerry have compiled a quick list of the highlights on your drive from the temptations of Vegas to the sophistication of San Francisco:
  • Head out from Las Vegas along I-15 S toward the Mojave Desert, where you guys will see lots of… sand
  • Continue along I-15 S and give a hearty salute to all the airmen and airwomen as you pass Edwards Air Force Base before driving by the Tehachapi Mountains
  • Enter the San Joaquin Valley and pass through its hub, Bakersfield, a bustling city of more than 400,000 residents
  • Head up I-5 N and make a pitstop at Kern National Wildlife Refuge, a protected area for all kinds of wildlife and a great place to hike, drive, and hunt
  • Skirt by Modesto and all the lush farmland nearby—wait, you guys didn’t know about the Central Valley’s abundance of milk, almonds, chickens, walnuts, and corn?
  • Head west along US-580 through the East Bay and into Oakland
  • Cross the Bay Bridge and trundle into San Francisco for a wine-and-cheese-themed weekend (a much-needed respite from Vegas-style debauchery)
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