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Atlanta to Las Vegas Road Trip Itinerary

Atlanta to Las Vegas Road Trip
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Atlanta to Las Vegas Road Trip Itinerary – Atlanta is known for it’s southern hospitality, diverse musical heritage and number of world records!

It also has the busiest passenger airport in the United States of America the Harts-field Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which draws over 50 million people annually! This makes it a popular starting point for many great US fly drive road trips!

Whereas Las Vegas is the city of Sin! Bright lights, casinos and wild entertainment is commonplace is Vegas. A road trip between Atlanta & Las Vegas will take you from the East coast of the USA, through Musical Cities like Tupelo, Mississippi (Birth place of Elvis ) & Memphis Tennessee, home of Jazz, Soul & Blues to Little Rock & Fort Smith Arkansas.

Onto Oklahoma City, Amarilo and Albuquerque, New Mexico home of Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, the Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival in the World.

From there you can drive to Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona before heading to the Iconic Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and then Las Vegas!

How long is the drive from Atlanta to Las Vegas?

Driving  between Atlanta and Las vegas without stopping would take 28 hours and you would cover over 1,971 miles! Of course the best part about a road trip is all the great places you can stop along the way! So we split our trip over 14 days, to take our time and really explore the great cities and states along the way.

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san-bernardino-county-Death Valley road trip

How much would it cost to drive between Atlanta and Las Vegas?

Our table below shows us the approximate cost of driving 2000 miles.

Cost To Drive 2,000 Miles
MPG $2 per gallon $3 per gallon
25 MPG $160.00 $240.00
26 MPG $153.85 $230.77
27 MPG $148.15 $222.22
28 MPG $142.86 $214.29

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Atlanta to Las Vegas Road Trip Itinerary 

  1. Atlanta
  2. Tupelo, Mississippi
  3. Memphis, Tennessee
  4. Little Rock, Arkansas
  5. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  6. Oklahoma City, OK
  7. Amarillo, OK
  8. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  9. Phoenix, Arizona
  10. Flagstaff, Arizona
  11. Grand Canyon National Park
  12. Las Vegas, NV

1. Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia is a buzzing city,  home to the Busiest Airport in the USA, Harts-field Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which draws over 50 million people annually!

Atlanta is famed for its southern hospitality, musical heritage and also the birth place of the civil rights movement.

Atlanta is also home to many other record breaking icons such as the worlds largest Aquarium (home to whale sharks!), the worlds largest Drive in Restaurant and many more.

Atlanta road trip

Atlanta road trip. Source: bcdtravel.com

Things to Do in Atlanta:

World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum which showcases the history of The Coca-Cola Company, which debuted in Atlanta in 1886. Highlights include, a large Vault which contains the famous recipe, Bottle works,  Coca Cola Polar Bear and even a 4D Theatre!

Address121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Coca Cola Vault Secret places

Coca Cola Vault which houses the secret formula of Coca Cola. (Secret Places). Photo by: Documentary Tube.

Dive into the Georgia Aquarium

 The Georgia aquarium is the largest Aquarium in the world!It  was designed around a 6.3 million US gallon (24,000 m3) whale shark exhibit, making it the only Aquarium outside of Asia that houses the giant species! It also houses 100,000 other sea creatures in over 10 million US gallons of fresh and salt water! 

Address225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is spans over 30 acres and is located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta.

The garden’s mission is to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment.” It’s a nice place to escape the Atlanta madness and get back to nature. The gardens also run events such as light shows, frog feeding and even cocktail parties.

Centennial Olympic Park

After the kids have gotten that caffeine rush from the World of Coca Cola, head to the Centennial Olympic Park.

This is a 22-acre public park located in downtown Atlanta, it was built by the for the 1996 Summer Olympics so the perfect place to let of some steam!

Address265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, United States

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

“I Had a Dream” Of course you couldn’t visit the birthplace of the Civil rights movement without exploring a little about its history. The National Historic Parkis spread over several sights such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was baptized.

2. Tupelo, Mississippi 

Tupelo, Mississippi is a must visit place if your a fan of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley.

As the birth place of Elvis you will find many statues and you can visit his childhood home which still has the original 1930s furniture. Afterwards head to the Elvis Presley Museum which showcases his early family life and music.

Tupelo Mississippi

Tupelo Mississippi

Afterwards you can check out Buffalo Park and Zoo, which is home to bison, zebras and giraffes.

If your a History buff, head down to the Tupelo National Battlefield which was the site of a Civil War battle.

3. Memphis, Tennessee

Following in the Kings footsteps take the 108 mile (1hr 42 min) drive to Memphis Tennessee. This is the ultimate place to learn about the history of Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Memphis, Tennessee 

Memphis, Tennessee

Check out the famous Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley, B.B King and Johnny Cash all recorded albums.

Other popular attractions include Graceland Mansion, Elvis Home and final resting place.

See Celebrity Graves Road Trip: U.S.A. 

4. Little Rock, Arkansas 

Little Rock, is the capital of Arkansas and lies on the Arkansas River. Historically the rock formation was used by french travellers who called it la Petite Roche, French for “the little rock” then the name stuck.

Head to the Old State House Museum, an 1800s Greek Revival Building for some insight into the history of Arkansas. For some tranquility and nature head to MacArthur Park for a picnic by the pond.

Little Rock, Arkansas 

Little Rock, Arkansas. Source: www.veloxexpress.com

Things to do in Little Rock

William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum,

William J Clinton Museum includes a variety of exhibits from the Clinton Presidency including a replica of the Oval Office and other presidential artifacts.

Address:1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201, United States

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a 2,356-acre state park located in Pulaski County, Arkansas just outside of Little Rock. Here you will find Pinnacle Mountain, an iconic landmark surrounded by the  Big Maumelle and Little Maumelle rivers.

Hiking up Pinnacle Mountain:

The west side is easier and takes around 30-45 minutes to hike up. The longer trail on the east side takes approximately 1 1/2 hours roundtrip. This is a great workout and also very peaceful.

Insider Tip:

Be sure you have some high quality hiking boots before taking your next adventure, see our recommended Hiking Gear

Address:11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd, Roland, AR 72135, United States

Big Dam Bridge

Big Dam is a BIG DAM BRIDGE! It spans the the Arkansas River and Murray Lock, and was originally intended to be called Murray Bridge.  The great thing about this bridge is its only open to Pedestrians and Bicycles which makes it ideal for a scenic stroll.

Address:4000 Cook’s Landing Rd, North Little Rock, AR 72118, United States

Big Dam Bridge

Big Dam Bridge. Source: www.arkansasnewsonline.com

Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock Zoo, is an historic zoo with humble beginning in 1926 when it began with just two animals, an abandoned timber wolf and a circus-trained brown bear! Today it has over 725 animals which represent over 200 species, and covers an area of 33 acres.

How much does it cost?

Entry to Little Rock Zoo costs $13 for adults and $10 for children, once a year they have an entry fee of just $1!

Address: 1 Zoo Dr, Little Rock, AR 72205, United States

5. Fort Smith, Arkansas 

Fort Smith is located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, at Belle Point. Historically it was established as a western frontier military post in 1817, when it was also a hub for fur trading. Head to Fort Smith Museum of History to find out more about this. Head to the Trolley Museum for a unique displays historic trains & streetcars.

You should also check out Clayton House, an iconic Italian Style Mansion and Miss Lauras a visitor centre which is located inside an 1896 brothel! If your a fan of Elvis head to Chaffee Barbershop Museum, a Restored barber shop & local-history museum famous for haircuts of Army enlistees, including Elvis!

Fort Smith, Arkansas 

Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Where to Eat?

  • When you get hungry head to Calico County, a Long-running eatery for some chicken fried steak, patty melts & comfort classics.

Address: 2401 S 56th St, Fort Smith, AR 72903, United States

  • For some fine dining head to 21 West End an  elegant spot executing creative New American cuisine & fruity, handcrafted cocktails.

Address: 21 N 2nd St, Fort Smith, AR 72901, United States

6. Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City is the capital of Oklahoma and is known for its cowboy culture and capitol complex, surrounded by working oil wells! Head down to Bricktown for live entertainment and a hipster vibe.

For some heartfelt history, visit the 90 year old Survivor Tree, an American Elm Tree in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City which survived a bomb’s blast and witnessed one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil.

Fun Fact:  In 1935, Musician Bob Dunn, from Beggs, Oklahoma, invented the first electric guitar.

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City, OK

Things to do in Oklahoma City:

Myriad Botanical Gardens

To escape to nature head to The Myriad Botanical Gardens. A 17-acre botanical garden and interactive urban park located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on the southwest corner of Reno and Robinson.

Address: 301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, United States

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

for some Yeeaa Hawww Memories head to the The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, there you will discover over 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. It also has the world’s most extensive collection of American rodeo photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies!

Address: 1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111, United States

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Source: www.visitokc.com

If your interesting in the Cowboy lifestyle, check out: 10 Epic Ranch Holidays in the U.S.A

Bricktown

Bricktown is a lively entertainment district with an industrial chic style. Here you will find many converted warehouses to restaurants, piano lounges and chic wine bars. There is also a variety of Boutique shops which sell clothing, artistic home decor and gourmet foods.

Insider Tip:

Take the Bricktown Water Taxi down the Bricktown Canal, there is also tours and dinner cruises, which I recommended trying.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Oklahoma City National Memorial is an emotional memorial which honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. Here you can also see the Survivor Tree.

Address: 620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, United States

Where to eat?

Some of my favourite places to eat in Oklahoma city include:

Nonesuch 

  • A High-end New American restaurant with adventurous tasting menus & an international wine selection

Address: 803 N Hudson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, United States

Kitchen No. 324

An Industrial cafe/bakery in a historic building preparing elevated comfort fare & artisanal sweets.

Address: 324 N Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, United States

7. Amarillo, OK

Amarillo is a small quirky place with a few unique things you can do here. Be sure to check out the Cadillac Ranch is a captivating art installation which was created in 1974 it depicts ten half-buried Cadillacs nose-first in the ground!

You should also head to the Route 66 Historic District, 13 blocks which histroically preserve Route 66s heyday!These days these antique street house restaurants, bars, antique stores, art galleries and quirky shops.

Amarillo, OK

Amarillo, OK. Source: /www.amarillo.gov

8. Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Albuquerque is home to the worlds largest hot air balloon festival, the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon fiesta! If your here during early October you HAVE to go!

See our: 20 Golden Reasons to go Albuquerque Balloon Festival?

If your here outside of the Hot Air Balloon for Albuquerque you should check out the old town for New Mexican dining and artisan shopping. The Sandia Peak aerial tramway (A Complete Guide to Aerial Tramways in the USA)  and ABQ biopark/zoo.

Instagrammable Balloon Fiesta!

9. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona. Known and know for its year-round sun, hot temperatures and vibrant metropolitan area known as the  “Valley of the sun”. Here you can also find many high end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses and exciting nightclubs!

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona. Source: /nacas.org

Things to do in Phoenix:

Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acre botanical garden know for its thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from all over the world.

Address: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, United States

Papago Park

Papago Park is an historic hiking haven which includes also includes the iconic Hunt’s Tomb, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, United States

Hall of Flame! Fire Fighting Museum

The “Hall of Flame!” was opened in 1961 as a place to collect, preserve and showcase the great firefighting equipment used throughout the past decades. Here you will be able to see vintage fire engines and other antique equipment.

Address: 6101 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, United States

Hall of Flame! Fire Fighting Museum

Hall of Flame! Fire Fighting Museum. Source: www.legeros.com/

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain offers some of the most challenging Hiking routes in the state. The route to the top takes around 2-3 hours for an average hiker, with some experienced hikers take half this time.

The Echo Canyon hike is the more rugged of the two and requires steep climbs and scrambling over large rocks. While the Cholla Trail, is a little less strenuous, but also a little bit longer.

I would recommended hiking here if you want a challenge, make sure you have some high quality hiking gear with you.

Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, U.S.

Where to Eat?

A few of my favourite places to eat in Phoenix include: Rusconi’s American Kitchen, a warm place serving wood-fired New American dishes in a chic, contemporary setting.

Address: 10637 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028, United States

Little Miss BBQ is a retro restaurant which serves smoked Texas–style BBQ & traditional sides.

Address: 4301 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034, United States

10. Flagstaff, Arizona 

Route 66 runs directly through Flagstaff, Arizona and its only 1.5 hrs from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is also a gateway to San Francisco Peaks and home to Arizona’s tallest mountain (Humphreys Peak) .

Route66

Route66

Head to Wupatki National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument to discover some ancient Native American towns and even see there former homes formed in the rocks. In the winter you should head to the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort  , for more info see: 23 Awesome Cross Country Skiing Resorts|U.S.A

Fun Fact: Pluto was discovered at Lowell Observatory in FlagstaffAZ.

Where to Eat?

Before driving to the Grand Canyon, you should grab some Breakfast from: MartAnnes Burrito Palace, a Family-owned eatery which serves a tasty breakfast, spicy mains & cocktails in colorful, offbeat atmosphere.

Address112 E Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, United States

For dinner head to Fat Olives, a vibrant eatery offering wood-fired Neapolitan-style pies with gourmet toppings, plus wine on tap!

Address: 2308 E Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, United States

11. Grand Canyon National Park 

No one really knows for sure how the Grand Canyon as we know it today was formed! Although there are some popular theories, mainly the deep erosion happened over millions of years from a consistent battering of water, Ice and wind.

As millions of years passed by continental drift and slight variations in the earths orbit caused variations in the seasons and climate. Around 12,000 years ago, the Native Americans who lived in and around the Grand Canyon thought of it as a place of wonder formed by the gods.

Winter-Camping-Grand-Canyon-National-Park-camping

The Grand Canyon National Park is a real different experience during the winter! An incredible winter camping destination! Source: xanterra.com

These days, over 6 million people a year flock to the  Grand Canyon National Park like a pilgrimage all to experience its wonder! 

From Williams you can take a drive up to Grand Canyon. You can head to the ever popular south rim which is open all year round and can get really busy. Or Alternatively head to less crowded north rim for a more authentic experience.

Opening Months – May 15th – October 15th. 

(North Rim roads are closed to vehicles between December 1st and May 15th, and no visitor services are available. ) NPS

Highlights of the North Rim:

  • Popular Hiking Trails – North Kaibab Trail, South Kaibab Trail & Bright Angel Trails.
  • Camping at the North Rim Campground. Permits required.
Aerial Photo over horseshoe river at the Grand Canyon. Awe-inspiring!

Aerial Photo over horseshoe river at the Grand Canyon. Awe-inspiring!

Highlights of South Rim/Hiking:

  • Bright Angel trail
  •  Tusayan Ruins
  • Moran Point lookout
  • Desert View lookout.

Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Grand Canyon:

Check out our: Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Grand Canyon? 5 Golden reasons to try it!

Hot-Air-Balloon ride Grand Canyon

Balloon Rides, Photo by: Jennifer C, Helena, MT)

12. Las Vegas, NV

Budget Las Vegas Tips:

Las Vegas is the type of place where you can spend a lot of cash, so we decided to be smarter and more savvy! Check out our 2 day Itinerary below which includes a host of true las Vegas activities of which many  are for free. I also recommended a tour of Hoover Dam.

The Las Vegas Strip – Free

A drive down the famous Las Vegas Strip should be on everyones bucket list! Here you will see the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign along Las Vegas Boulevard South, before coming to the strip.

Las-Vegas-Road Trip

Las-Vegas-Road Trip

Bellagio Casino and Fountains – Free

Check out the Bellagio Casino & Fountains, on the main strip. Here you can immerse yourself into some exciting table games from the slots, to sports betting.

Caesars Palace Casino & The Forum Shops

A staple of the Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace has been an iconic Casino in Las Vegas since the 1960s.

It has even been in popular movies such as “The Hangover” and “Iron Man”. The decor is based on Ancient Rome and is truly immersive with large columns and roman frescoes amore.

caesars-palace-Casino

caesars-palace-Casino

The Mob Museum

Sin city has always had a dark side, big money, high rollers and excess will always attract organised crime. The Mob Museum, has a variety of interactive exhibits dedicated to Mob life in vegas.

Fremont Street

Just 5 minutes walk from the Mob Museum is Fremont Street. Attractions include a:

  • Iconic Casinos
  • Viva Vision light show with 12.5 million LED lamps and a 550,000-watt sound system.
  • Food Vendors
  • Souvenir Shops
  • Slotzilla Zip Line 10 stories above the pedestrian walkway!

Insider Tip:

Here you will find lots of buskers and crazy entertainment, including many half naked strippers!

Mandalay Bay Beach

The Mandalay Bay Beach is man made and has over 2,700 tons of sand and a 1.6 million gallon wave pool to create an oceanside atmosphere in the middle of the Nevada desert.

They have rentable cabanas where you can relax and get a tan, you can also head to the Moorea Beach Club.

Shark Reef: Aquarium

Shark Reef aquarium houses over 2,000 animals which include: stingrays, sea turtles, crocodiles and of course, sharks!

shark-reef-at-mandalay

shark-reef-at-mandalay

How much are tickets?

Admission is $25 for adults and $19 for children ages 4 to 12 (children ages 3 and younger can enter for free). (Discounts are available for senior citizens and Nevada residents).

High Roller Observation Wheel

As the tallest observation wheel in the world , high roller stands 550 feet tall and offers breath taking views over las vegas.

High Roller Worlds Tallest Ferris Wheel Las Vegas

High Roller Worlds Tallest Ferris Wheel Las Vegas

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