Driving vs. Flying to Las Vegas

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Driving vs. flying to Las VegasDriving vs. flying to Las Vegas. Dealing with traffic vs. dealing with airport security. The open road vs. the pressurized cabin. Hmm, what to do? You can sometimes eliminate an option right away. For instance, if you're going to Sin City for a long weekend and you live in New Jersey, you're flying. But say you live in Phoenix, your best friend forever decides to get married the next day in a Vegas chapel and you absolutely, positively have to be there, throw an overnight bag in the trunk and hit the highway. If you could go either way, you'll need to weigh all the factors and decide which is the best for your particular situation.

Driving to Las Vegas

Pros: The road trip is an American institution. Having the freedom to stop when and where you want along the way can add more enjoyment to the trip. Each person stuffed in the family cruiser will not need to buy separate tickets. The scenery along the way can be breathtaking. When you arrive, you won't need to depend on cabs or shuttles to get around. You can carry as many suitcases as will fit without having to pay extra fees.

Cons: Driving to Las Vegas means driving through the desert. The desert is hot. Very hot. A breakdown in that desolation can be disastrous if you are not prepared. You'll have to hunt for parking spaces. Traffic on The Strip can be extremely heavy, especially on the weekends. And if you break down, your vehicle might be at the mercy of an unfamiliar mechanic in a strange town.

Flying to Las Vegas

Pros: Unless you live within a few hours of Las Vegas, you'll get there much quicker. You'll fly over the baking heat of the desert in air-conditioned comfort. If the Las Vegas Strip is your destination, the airport is practically on top of it. Start looking early enough and you can find a relatively cheap flight to Las Vegas.

Cons: Air travel can be extremely frustrating these days because of overcrowded flights, long security lines, extra fees and cramped cabins. There's always a chance your luggage will be misdirected or lost. If you don't book far enough ahead, it can be quite pricey. Even if the weather in Las Vegas is clear, a storm at a connecting airport can delay your trip considerably. And if your plans change, you may be out the price of the ticket.

Driving vs. flying to Las Vegas is ultimately a decision you'll have to make for yourself. Regardless, once you arrive, you're nearly guaranteed to have a great time.

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