Going to Las Vegas this weekend? Grab a free tank of gas, courtesy of Google Maps

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On Friday and Saturday, stop off for a free tank of gas or free burger while driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on Interstate 15.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

If you’re heading to Las Vegas for the weekend, Google Maps has a treat for you: a free tank of gas. You read that right, free.

To promote its app, Google Maps is offering a series of freebies along Interstate 15 between L.A. and Vegas from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

To get up to 10 gallons of gas per vehicle for free, go to the Shell gas station at Exit 272 on Cima Road in Nipton, Calif., about 25 miles southwest of the California-Nevada state line.

Two pumps will be set aside for those seeking free fuel, a Google representative said. Drivers don’t have to show that they’re using the app, but expect long lines as word of the freebie spreads.


(As of Thursday afternoon, Google Maps showed unleaded regular at the Cima Road Shell station selling for $4 a gallon.)

But wait, there’s more!

Free hamburgers – one per guest – will be offered at Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo, Calif. Its website says it’s an original roadside diner, built in 1954 with just nine counter stools and three booths. The restaurant is located at Exit 191 east of Barstow.

For a free cup of iced coffee, chilled using liquid nitrogen, head another 55 miles east to Baker, Calif., home of the world’s tallest thermometer.


Beneath the towering landmark, look for the pop-up coffee shop shaped like an igloo. Baker is reached by Exits 246 and 248.

By the way, expect roasting hot temperatures on that tower in Baker. predicts highs of 115 degrees on Friday and Saturday.


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