By Steve BeauregardIt is 420 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. Assuming you have good weather, (and that’s not always a good assumption), it would take you six hours to get there, without stops.Although it has its sections of beautiful scenery, the drive is long, with wide open spaces and not much to see. For some reason it is much more boring and more of a long drive when going back to Salt Lake than it is when going to Las Vegas. Funny how that works.
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(Related: Distance and driving time from Phoenix to Las Vegas)So that’s the main, almost-always-used driving route from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas.Different RouteThe other potential route mapping systems idiotically suggest has you taking Interstate 80 west to Wendover, Nevada, then going south forever (or what it must seem like on this two lane road), on a desolate stretch of the Lincoln Highway, or State Highway 93, which then turns into highway 6, down to Las Vegas.Arguably more scenic than Interstate 15, this route however is longer, at 484 miles, and would take much more time, roughly an hour and twenty minutes longer. The total drive time would be seven hours and 18 minutes roughly.Overall, the distance from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas, at about 420 miles, with a driving time of six hours, puts it in that in-between zone, where it’s a long drive, but maybe not long enough to pony up the extra money to fly. Especially when you factor in the cost of the ticket, baggage fees, taxis, etc.
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