Southwest Road Trip 2012 Day 10: Moab to Las Vegas

Misadventures-with-Andi-Road-Trip-ReportWhen we originally planned our trip we were going to fly into Las Vegas and fly out of Salt Lake City, but when I went to book a car for our trip and configured it for the drop-off at a different airport the price doubled! We decided to drive the seven hours back to Las Vegas and stay the night at the Element in Red Rock Canyon and fly home from Vegas. Even with fuel-ups and the extra hotel night, we weren’t anywhere near the price we would have paid to drive to Salt Lake City!

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The drive was pretty uneventful, just beautiful blue skies and even more beautiful 8o miles per hour speed limit signs in Utah and 75 in Nevada! The clouds were pretty cool too!

On the road to Vegas
Fabulous clouds on the road to Vegas (iPhone photo)

The highlight was finding out we were heading into a town with a Starbucks! Which we stopped at for an afternoon pick-me-up. Knowing that we would have a room with a kitchen we also stopped at the Walmart that was in town (big town!) to pick up one or two items to finish up the last of our supplies that we had picked up on Day 1 in Vegas.

We would have loved to do a repeat performance at Raku, but being that is was a Sunday they are closed! In the end it was wiser and cheaper to use up the remaining groceries. When we finally arrived at the Element, we unloaded the car, re-packed all our luggage and equipment, made ourselves a dinner and watched a movie, you really feel like you’re in your own little apartment at this hotel!

The end of our trip had come. 1800 miles, 2000 photos and I don’t know how many pounds of sand, the Misadventures family Southwest Roadtrip was D-O-N-E!


  1. Charu
    September 5, 2012

    I’ve not been on a road trip in a looong while but we’re thinking of doing it with the little one once she’s old enough. and DEFINITELY west coast–sounds like you had a blast! congrats on completing your Road Trip!! Now time for the spa…

    1. Andi
      September 6, 2012

      @Charu, it actually inspired (or sparked the interest) to do another!

  2. christa dipaul
    November 20, 2012

    I have always wondered if my family could make that trip. My husband would be looking for the starbucks too.

    1. Andi
      November 30, 2012

      @Christa, it’s a great trip for families as long as the kids don’t fight in the car in between spots!

  3. Alex Roach
    June 21, 2013

    I love road trips! Cheaper than flying

  4. amanda s.
    July 17, 2013

    Sounds like a fun trip.

  5. Shane
    August 16, 2013

    I did a similar drive, but we took a back road through the state because we were in no rush.. Such a beautiful terrain, and we had a freak snowstorm go over us quickly and we could watch it move through the desert. And it was in late July!


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