I live in Paso Robles and have the same dilemma every time I want to go to Vegas. I can drive to san jose(2&a half hours) and get a reasonable priced direct flight ($310. for two) or drive 6 and a half hours. Ive looked into allegiant and frontier flights, but if you have luggage, it ends up the same or more than Southwest and their schedules suck. At least hiway 46 is vastly improved these days. I am going back in early July and thought maybe I could meet someone om this sight to drive with me and my girlfriend. My aging eyes can't handle the strain of driving that long, and my girlfriend's driving scares me. If anyone might be interested let me know.