2000 Mile Roadtrip from LA to Colorado. First long road trip (Pics) 😊
I never write blogs or long posts but I just went on an amazing trip with my M3 LR RWD and wanted to share. I bought this car 2 years ago and due to work travel and COVID I only have 13K miles on the odometer. An opportunity arose due to my friend getting married in Colorado and I’ve never been to any of the national parks in the desert south west so I decided to make a rod trip out of it! I drove from the LA area to Bryce Canyon and stayed a few days, then to Moab UT for a night, then to Durango CO for 3 nights then home through New Mexico & Arizona. Story and Pics follow. I left around 8am and drove to Bryce. It's a 530 mile trip and took ~9 hours. I roughly mapped out the trip via ABRP with conservative settings to get an idea of the trip and made sure to stay at hotels that had destination chargers. My first and most range anxiety stop was at Primm, NV. The car said from the start I'd arrive at 7%. If you’ve done this drive from LA after Baker there is a large uphill incline followed by a long decline to state line. Going up the hill I had less range than the distance to destination. My wife was super nervous as was I. I drafted behind a semi which BTW I'm not even sure I did properly as I don’t know how to actually draft LOL. Anyway coming down the hill I regen’ed almost the entire way and arrive with 6% and 19m range. I should have just realized and trusted the car from the beginning. This was a pic during the moments of stress https://i.imgur.com/lm6SMgG.jpg So hot…so many fires along the way https://i.imgur.com/n8OlGTH.jpg Me charging in Primm, NV at 118 ambient. 130+ Kw https://imgur.com/0oWgO2J.jpg We had lunch in the casino and headed on to St George UT. Since my wife was super nervous about range from the prior stop she asked we top off in Vegas so we did. This downtown charger was in a weird place with nothing around. We stopped for only 5 mins since there was nothing around, but it never mattered since we arrived at St George with ~105 of range https://imgur.com/1iE65bn.jpg St George, UT was a challenge. It was so hot that day the heading across the NV desert my car registered in at 119F. https://imgur.com/2Ppo7o4.jpg When I arrived in St George I had 104 miles and there was a line at the charger. I had to wait 15 mins then realized why there was a line. The car told me to charge for 20 mins but it took over an hour with ~30Kw max charge speed. It wasn’t just me as other cars were there a long as me and the line grew. I guess it was the heat...it was blazing hot although I charged in Primm at 118F and had no problems. This was the only ‘annoyance’ in charging but we made the best of it and I made it to Bryce which is a large elevation gain with 29% SOC...i guess I waited too long in the St George heat and that slow 30Kw 😊 We stayed at the Bryce Canyon Best Western. They had 4 chargers. No problems although one of them requires you to park in a no parking spot to make the cable reach. Bryce is ~8-9K feet so the temp was cooler. Still hot with highs in the 90s. I’ve didn’t know that any state had an 80mph speed limit but Utah does! https://imgur.com/80kIrn2.jpg This is the part where we deviate from the car a bit. Stayed 3 days. Hiked and road horses. Amazing place...breath taking https://imgur.com/ZZpClbt.jpg https://imgur.com/TGM6CzI.jpg https://imgur.com/a5bAOVA.jpg https://imgur.com/oXgFycB.jpg From Bryce we headed to Moab and stopped at Green River which was a great charging station with a very good local restaurant across the street. https://i.imgur.com/q9cICow.jpg Moab was very hot ~110F, but Arches national park was as expected. I figured I’d be able to drive through get out for a few mins, take it in, and get back into the car. I was able to do that. Camp Mode was awesome for this 😊 Yeah yeah I know there are hikes and things I could have done but I wouldn’t be in this trip if it weren’t for the wedding so the time of year and temps were just part of the coincidence of me even having driven here in the first place. https://i.imgur.com/KHyxV4p.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Qqhso3T.jpg https://i.imgur.com/3h2Vg4v.jpg https://i.imgur.com/f3uaBYh.jpg In Moab we went to a winery after an amazing drive along the Colorado river. I knew Utah had strict laws on drinking but man this was a let down if you like to relax and have a drink. I knew something was up with the tasting was $1 per person. The drive was amazing though and that’s what matters https://i.imgur.com/ZuQaPDc.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Qqhso3T.jpg https://i.imgur.com/yX6GlSD.jpg Finally, the wedding! I wish we had more time on Moab but alas we woke up and headed to Durango. In Durango our hotel had 4 destination chargers and no problems finding an open spot. We stayed at the Double Tree which was a amazing hotel on the local river. https://i.imgur.com/010ACw8.jpg https://i.imgur.com/5e2mbZc.jpg Downtown Durango was very cool. Lots of small locals shops and a great Winery named Four Leaves https://i.imgur.com/QDBTCGX.jpg This is an Aerial shot of the historic narrow gauge train depot https://i.imgur.com/aPMQjQZ.jpg Durango was beautiful and we took this awesome historic train ride from Durango to Silverton. This ride is 9 hours pre-COVID but only 3 now due to 50% capacity and the financial ability of the entire run. It was still amazing. https://i.imgur.com/ric0c8o.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ik4KhcT.jpg Oh and we couriered the bride’s vale all the way to the wedding! https://i.imgur.com/BWCedu1.jpg After 3 days in Durango having a great time with friends, we headed home through New Mexico and Arizona. Coming into New Mexico from Colorado put us in the Navajo Indian Reservation. Talk about a depressing place. The landscape was ugly, the roads were bad, and there were “don't drink and drive signs” all over the place including the do not enter signs all over the media separated highway which suggests a lot of people go flying down a divided highway the wrong way. We stopped to charge in Gallup, NM which is a skip. There is nothing in walking distance at all. That said charging was fast! https://i.imgur.com/YMrJjet.jpg We also stopped at Holbrook, AZ. We didn’t need to charge but were hungry an there is a Burger King there. Now off to Flagstaff where we spent a night and hit local bars which was fun as it’s a college town. We charged at the super charger which is in the hotel parking lot we stayed in and then woke up to head home the next day. On the way home we stopped in Needles, CA just past the border. I suppose I forgot to take a pic because I can’t find one but it’s a good spot at a Dairy Queen which fortunately in this blazing hot place has partial shade on the chargers depending on on time of today you go. I was there about 9:30am From there we headed to Barstow which requires a solid charge as the elevation gain is ~4K feet and it’s one of the most desolate drives I’ve ever done. There is absolutely nothing out in the Mojave desert except blazing heat and sand. Running out of charge or breaking down out here would suck. It was ~150 miles and I used 250 miles of range to achieve it but I arrived with plenty. Charging in Barstow was nice. They have 12 stations and shade. There are several places to eat in a short walking distance. https://i.imgur.com/JNmsVmM.jpg From there I was home in 90 mins! This was a great trip and while my wife didn’t really understand why i didn't want to fly for me in addition to seeing these amazing national parks I wanted to see what it was like to drive an EV thousands of miles and frankly as I mentioned at the beginning I’ve had this car 2 years with only 13K miles and I wanted to road trip away from this COVID isolation. The trip was amazing, the car is amazing. A few closing thoughts 1 - Charging is not slower than pumping gas. Yeah filling the tank takes 5 mins, and charging takes 15-30 mins but depending on the situation but after driving for hundreds of miles for multiple hours getting out to get a drink, stretch, grab a bite to eat is what I would have naturally done anyway and the time at the stop felt totally normal. 2 - The issue in St George was an anomaly IMO. It was almost 120 degrees ambient and the charger was busy. 3 - The trip was super smooth and EAP relieves a lot of driving fatigue. I don’t know how to explain it but using EAP makes you far less fatigued than normal driving. I was able to stretch my legs, enjoy some scenery, and overall feel more after each leg of the trip. 4 - Lastly…..it’s amazing to me that we have technology that can hurl me across the desert in 100+ temps at 85mpg for hundreds of miles in luxury all using a battery!! I hope you all enjoyed reading this. I enjoyed writing it.
What are your favorite free attractions in Las Vegas?
My wife and I run a content-based Las Vegas site (LasVegasTravelWizards.com or @LVTWs). We've been polling on Facebook, etc to add some great free attractions to the list. Please let us know if you've gotten any other great ones! *The Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains -The Bellagio is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. Every 3 months they convert their Conservatory to match the season with different floral displays! Our favorite time to walk through the awe-inspiring conservatory is in the morning or late at night when the crowds are practically nonexistent. The famous Fountains still put on incredible free shows that go off every 30 minutes during the day and every 15 minutes from 8pm-12 am most nights! *The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan. *The Wynn Koi Pond - This is a hidden gem. It's in the back right hand corner of the Wynn from the strip. It's a small entrance way that leads to Villas from a special valet. It's so a very calm and peaceful place, mainly because no one knows its there! *Vintage Sigma Derby Horse Race Games - These games are so much fun! For only $0.25 per bet, you can bet on your favorite long shot horses in this vintage game. There are only two Sigma Derby games left in Las Vegas. You can find one upstairs at The D in Downtown Vegas on Fremont Street and another at the MGM Grand located on the southern end of the strip. *The Hand of Faith is the biggest golden nugget in existence and can be found on display at the aptly named Golden Nugget. *The Las Vegas Sign - You definitely will need to drive or take an ubelimo out to this one, but it's worth it for a group shot! Great idea 'OnECenTX' You can make it a scavenger hunt by getting all 3, The other "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign on Boulder Highway and the "Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas" sign on Fremont Street. *The Mirage Volcano - Goes off at 7,8, and 9 pm most weekend evenings! *The Blarney Stone The D Hotel and Casino was bequeathed a rare fragment of stone from the famed Blarney Castle in Ireland. Feel free to give it a rub for luck and, while it isn't recommended, no one will stop you from giving the stone a kiss for luck! *The Flamingos at the Flamingo - The wildlife habitat is located near the entrance to the buffet. While the Flamingos are the stars, it is also awesome to see other animals that have been rescued! *The Golden Nugget SharkTank at the Pool If you are staying at the pool, you can even go down the slide that goes through the SharkTank. *The Wynn Waterfall When the sun sets, the Lake of Dreams, complete with an awesome 40 foot waterfall, comes alive with amazing nightly shows. For an unforgettable experience, dine at one of the Wynn's lake front restaurants to enjoy dinner and a show! *The Fall of Atlantis at the Caesar's Palace Though the crowds can be large at peak times, this show has changed throughout the years and is always fun! *Music Memorabilia a the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino *Las Vegas Pools (Our favorites are Caesars, Mandalay, and the Venetian). *The Linq Hotel Game Room at the Pool - This 21+ pool has so much to offer. While smaller than the other Vegas party pools, The Linq's pool has a very distinctive vibe. It is like a backyard pool party for adults. Let your inner kid rage and enjoy playing beer pong, giant jenga, or visit the clubhouse for free Shuffleboard while getting out of the sun! *The Fremont Street Experience Honestly, we just love Downtown Vegas and can't say enough about its vintage inspired kitsch. Yes, you will see some crazy things but it is the embodiment of old Vegas' last stand and we support the weird! *Downtown Container Park - The Downtown Container Park is awesome. It has free games, slides, tree houses, and a giant praying mantis that shoots fire. It's right across the street from the El Cortez (The best BlackJack in town). *The Gallery featuring Dale Chihuly at the City Center - This is a great stop for some culture on your Vegas trip! There are videos throughout the gallery that show how Chihuly makes his pieces (like the reception display at the Bellagio!). It's free and gallery staff is very welcoming and non-pretentious! *Clark county wetland park is free and has a visitor center and little museum/exhibit hall. *The mermaid aquarium at the Silverton. *Free entry to pinball hall of fame. *First Friday! Every First Friday of each month, mostly in the downtown arts district where local and guest artists display their artwork. Local bands also perform and food trucks come out as well. *The animatronic animal show at Sam's Town. *Main Street Station - Berlin Wall. *'awesometographer' from the comments below watching Netflix at his/her house, you'll have to Private Message them for the address! JK
I figured we could make a thread on what everyone is paying for what. Maybe if we could follow a format: Hotel | Days | Avg per night (incl tax, resort fees) | Room Type | Number of People | Comments I'll start... Luxor | Thur-Tue | $252.60 | Pyramid Suite - 2 Queen Beds | 4 | The price online with taxes and resort fees is $299, but if you call them up you can get them to waive the extra person fees for the third and fourth person. Adding the resort fees from another thread... Please include these in your per night price! Hotels in Las Vegas that DO NOT have resort fees: · Bally's · Bill's · Caesars Palace · Casino Royale · The Cosmopolitan · The California · El Cortez · Elara · The Flamingo · Golden Gate · Golden Nugget · Harrah's · Imperial Palace · LVH · M Resort · Main Street Station · Planet Hollywood · The Platinum Hotel and Spa · Rio Las Vegas · South Point * added - Paris, pretty sure no fees(correct me if I'm wrong) Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees (Hidden fee charged per day+tax that they do not tell you about in advance): · ARIA:$25 · ARTISAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL: $9.95 · BELLAGIO: $25 · CIRCUS, CIRCUS: $8.95 · ENCORE LAS VEGAS:$25 · EXCALIBUR LAS VEGAS:$15 · FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY: $20 · GREEN VALLEY RANCH: $24.99 · HARD ROCK LAS VEGAS: $24.64 · HOOTERS: $9.95 · LUXOR: $18 · MANDALAY BAY: $25. · MANDARIN ORIENTAL: $24 · MGM GRAND: $25 · MIRAGE: $25. · MONTE CARLO: $20. · NEW YORK, NEW YORK: $18. · PALACE STATION: $14.99 · PALAZZO: $20 · PALMS PLACE: $15 · PLAZA: $10 · RAVELLA: $22 · RED ROCK: $24.99 · RIVIERA: $11 · RUMOR RESORT: $11.99 · THE SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: $25 · SILVERTON: $7.50 · STRATOSPHERE: $7.50 · THEhotel AT MANDALAY BAY: $25 · THE PALMS: $20 · TUSCANY SUITES: $14 · TREASURE ISLAND: $25 · TROPICANA:$19.99 · TRUMP:$25 · VDARA: $25 · VENETIAN LAS VEGAS: $20 · WESTIN CASUARINA: $11.50 · WYNN LAS VEGAS: $25
Almost time to book rooms for EDC 2013. Here's a list of hotels with and without resort fees - hidden fees charged each day +tax
Update the list if needed. Hotels in Las Vegas that DO NOT have resort fees: · Bally's · Bill's · Caesars Palace · Casino Royale · The Cosmopolitan · The California · El Cortez · Elara · The Flamingo · Golden Gate · Golden Nugget · Harrah's · Imperial Palace · LVH · M Resort · Main Street Station · Planet Hollywood · The Platinum Hotel and Spa · Rio Las Vegas · South Point * added - Paris, pretty sure no fees(correct me if I'm wrong) Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees (Hidden fee charged per day+tax that they do not tell you about in advance): · ARIA:$25 · ARTISAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL: $9.95 · BELLAGIO: $25 · CIRCUS, CIRCUS: $8.95 · ENCORE LAS VEGAS:$25 · EXCALIBUR LAS VEGAS:$15 · FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY: $20 · GREEN VALLEY RANCH: $24.99 · HARD ROCK LAS VEGAS: $24.64 · HOOTERS: $9.95 · LUXOR: $18 · MANDALAY BAY: $25. · MANDARIN ORIENTAL: $24 · MGM GRAND: $25 · MIRAGE: $25. · MONTE CARLO: $20. · NEW YORK, NEW YORK: $18. · PALACE STATION: $14.99 · PALAZZO: $20 · PALMS PLACE: $15 · PLAZA: $10 · RAVELLA: $22 · RED ROCK: $24.99 · RIVIERA: $11 · RUMOR RESORT: $11.99 · THE SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: $25 · SILVERTON: $7.50 · STRATOSPHERE: $7.50 · THEhotel AT MANDALAY BAY: $25 · THE PALMS: $20 · TUSCANY SUITES: $14 · TREASURE ISLAND: $25 · TROPICANA:$19.99 · TRUMP:$25 · VDARA: $25 · VENETIAN LAS VEGAS: $20 · WESTIN CASUARINA: $11.50 · WYNN LAS VEGAS: $25
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