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Old 11-15-2010, 05:50 PM
 
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Default Best route from SC to AZ, I-40, I-20 or I-10

I'll be driving across country with our 2 dogs (we're moving) by myself (older woman) - what is the best route I-40, I-20 or I-10 - we'll be heading out end of November after Thanksgiving. Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:37 AM
 
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That depends upon where you're going in Arizona.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:09 AM
 
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i'd do I20 to Birmingham
I 22 to Memphis
I 40 to Arizona

good luck!
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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I'll be driving across country with our 2 dogs (we're moving) by myself (older woman) - what is the best route I-40, I-20 or I-10 - we'll be heading out end of November after Thanksgiving. Thanks!
I would take I 40. It is pretty much a straight shot. I do a lot of interstate traveling by myself and 1 dog. I prefer to stay on highways that have hotels that take pets and rest stops that have pet areas. I also feel more comfortable knowing that there are more facilities along the route such as hospitals.

I would avoid driving through Dallas; the traffic is absolutely horrible and there is a lot of construction. I would avoid west Texas--it is dismal.


You do not want to drive alone through southern New Mexico or along the border (Texas, NM, AZ). There is practically nothing between Las Cruces, NM and Tucson,AZ.

There is a stretch of highway between Grants, NM and Holbrook, AZ that is sparsely populated (mostly Indian nations land), but there are plenty of gas stations along the way, and there are hotels in Gallup (that take pets) as well as a hospital. It's a boring drive, but bearable.

Good luck.

PS: Don't buy "Native American" jewelry in Gallup. Quality is not the best and it is all outrageously priced. If you want some of that jewelry, ever, go to the Governor's Palace on the Plaza in Santa Fe. The vendors are Native Americans that have been vetted as authentic and the prices are comparable and quite a few times cheaper than Gallup.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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I'd say it depends on the weather. I drove from NJ to southern NM (twice) by myself and took the 'southern' route (TN, AR, TX, NM) both times since it was just after Thanksgiving when I did it the first time and late January when I did it the second time and didn't want to get stuck in snow anywhere along the way.

It was fabulous hitting Dallas in the balmy 70 degree weather after leaving the cold in NJ, and, perhaps because it was a holiday week-end, the traffic wasn't bad. The stretch along I-10 going into El Paso is looong, but, it is an easy drive from there through to Tucson and lots of places to stop in El Paso, Las Cruces, Deming...

Just be aware that they've closed all of the rest stops in AZ so, regardless of which route you take, don't count on finding a bathroom outside of one of the restaurant/gas station plazas.
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