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Old 12-02-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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We are planning make a road trip to LA around 21st of dec for 8 days... Any suggestions on the preferred route to take? Traveling with family of 4. This is our first long road trip in US, so want to make it memorable one.. Suggestions on route to take(scenic), overnight halt destinations will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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We just did that! It is a long drive. We drove to Van Horn the first day, Phoenix the second, and on to LA in about 6.5 hours the third day. 290 to I-10!

It a haul, just looking out the window was plenty scenic for us. Edited to add, are you planning on making the trip in 8 days? Then there would be plenty of places to stop.

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Old 12-02-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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We just did that! It is a long drive. We drove to Van Horn the first day, Phoenix the second, and on to LA in about 6.5 hours the third day. 290 to I-10!

It a haul, just looking out the window was plenty scenic for us.

Ditto that. Once you get on IH-10 the speed limit is 80 all the way to the New Mexico Border. It is a long, straight, flat road most of the way through West Texas.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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Thanks, I have heard that its pretty much deserted drive... Is that the case?
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:51 PM
 
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Love that 80 mile an hour limit. There are other cars and trucks and lots of trains visible out the windows, you are not alone in the landscape but for much of the drive, certainly all the way to El Paso you can drive 80 safely because there is no congestion.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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I've done that drive about 8 times now (and tacked on an extra 6 hours to go up to the Bay area a few times) and there isn't much on the way until you reach Arizona. El Paso has a pretty big shopping mall to stretch your legs after being in the car for 10 hours and some safe hotels if you go up by the airport in El Paso. I usually try to stay there one night in El Paso and make the trip in 2 days driving about 10 to 12 hours each day. I've stayed in Van Horn and Fort Stockton before as well and those are pretty much just stops on the way with a few hotels and places to eat.

For whatever reason, there are always powerful thunderstorms in New Mexico on I-10 when I make the drive so make sure that your windshield wipers are in good working order, you have your cell phone chargers, spare tire/jack, etc. There is a more scenic way to go that goes through Albuquerque, but I think it adds at least an extra 4 hours or so and subjects you to harsher weather, so we've never opted for that route. Do your kids have something to keep them occupied like DVD players, Nintendo DS's, etc? It really is a pretty barren drive until you hit AZ.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:56 PM
 
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Done the I-10 route a few times. Wouldn't call it scenic ... it'll do, but it's pretty barren

Like the Albuquerque then Flagstaff ... or something
Thing Route 66 is through there ... been a while
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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We are planning make a road trip to LA around 21st of dec for 8 days... Any suggestions on the preferred route to take? Traveling with family of 4. This is our first long road trip in US, so want to make it memorable one.. Suggestions on route to take(scenic), overnight halt destinations will be appreciated. Thanks.
We do this drive every year. We typically will drive up north instead to new mexico and stop in santa fe for a day or two. Then we drive to the grand canyon and go camping for a few days. Then we drive to las vegas and stay for a few days, then LA.

First stop unfortunately is lubbock.

Since it is winter you might need to take the south route to avoid snow. The south route is incredibly boring and pretty much devoid of anything.

We usually do the north route on the way there and then the south route in a single day on the way home.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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We usually do the north route on the way there and then the south route in a single day on the way home.

I am in awe! We could never EVER do that drive in a single day!

Have to add that the kids loved Kranberry's a family restaurant in Lordsburgh NM (pretty much the first town in NM coming east from AZ). Nothing too special just homestyle food but plenty good! And there is nothing much else in the area.

Definitely don't eat in Van Horn!
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:34 AM
 
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It was the longest drive I've been on. Got harassed by the Phoenix Police for taking a nap in my truck. It gets cold out there too, so make sure you bring warm clothes. I did it in just about 2 days.

It really let's ya know just how big Texas is
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