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Old 12-14-2014, 07:44 PM
 
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Hey all.

Been lurking on here for a while. So my girlfriend and I are driving to Mobile, AL in about a week to visit her family. We live in Los Angeles, and are looking for ideas as to the best routes to take and things to see along the way.

We have about 5 days to do this and are very flexible with our schedule.

Thanks in advance for all replies.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I-40 East is an obvious choice. You can take a little side-tour and see the Grand Canyon. Stop in Amarillo and try the 72 oz. steak challenge at the Big Texan Steakhouse. Then take 287 to I-35W, I-35W to Fort Worth. Check out the stockyards and the Fort Worth Zoo. Rest of the way is I-20 to Jackson, Mississippi, and then you drop down to Mobile. Google Maps can give you the gory details.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:23 PM
 
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Would you suggest that over I-10 all the way out there through Phoenix and such?
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Denver
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You can't skip New Orleans. If time was no concern I'd stop in Santa Fe, Austin, and see the Grand Canyon as well.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Would you suggest that over I-10 all the way out there through Phoenix and such?
Ironically the I-40 and I-10 routes are almost identical in length so it really depends on what you want to see.

I-40 has Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Albuquerque, and Dallas/Fort Worth plus some off-the-beaten-path driving on US-287 between Amarillo and DFW.

I-10 has Joshua Tree, Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston. You could also divert south into New Orleans on this route.

If it were me, I personally would do the northerly route because I've never been to the Grand Canyon, but that's just me. If you've already been there that route may lose some of its allure.
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Texas
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There are so many cities to see between there. I'm not much of a road person though.
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:43 PM
 
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Just a thought on I-10, you will have to deal with internal border checkpoints, plus western Texas can be pretty baron. It still may be faster this way. I think the technology now at the border checkpoints allows for them to see through, in case your car is packed. Not trying to discourage I-10. The Grand Canyon is beautiful.
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