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Old 11-23-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: glendale,az
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Hello All

We are planning to drive from Phoenix to Dallas in December. I know its a long drive. I want to know best place to stay over night, take a break and then continue driving.

Instead of staying in a motel, I want to know if there any fun places to stay for a day like theme parks, camping sites etc(I've plenty of time )

Thanks
Vijboy
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Hello All

We are planning to drive from Phoenix to Dallas in December. I know its a long drive. I want to know best place to stay over night, take a break and then continue driving.

Instead of staying in a motel, I want to know if there any fun places to stay for a day like theme parks, camping sites etc(I've plenty of time )

Thanks
Vijboy
If you want a "scenic and fun" trip, vijboy . . . don't do the I-10 to I-20 route as it is boring.

You may want to consider 60 over to New Mexico and then via Carlsbad and possibly Amarillo.

Good Luck and drive safely.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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Amarillo is too far north and out of the way if you're going on US60. If you pick US60, the drive is pretty in western New Mexico. The highest elevation is in Pie Town. Never tried a pie there, but it might be worth it. You will pass next to the VLA (very large array) facility with its large antennas that you can visit. Avoid Socorro, it's a hellhole in my opinion. At I-25, I would head south to US380 to proceed east passing near Ruidoso and continuing to Roswell NM which has a nice 'alien' vibe going, that could be fun with some exploration. I'm not familiar with further points east of there into Texas.

You could pick US70 at Globe and continue through to Lordsburg NM as a southern route alternative to I-10, but Lordsburg is another New Mexican 'modern ruin' with many abandoned businesses. However, heading north of there on NM90 to Silver City might be a good bet for food and lodging. I've camped at the City of Rocks State Park south of Bayard and found it relaxing, a rocky outcropping in a large empty landscape with walking/hiking trails, rock climbing, and star-gazing interpretive signs. You could continue on US70 (portions I-10) to Las Cruces and then explore the White Sand Dunes National Monument and then off to Roswell that way, too.

I would avoid Lordsburg (dying town), Socorro (can you say poverty?), and Carlsbad (unsafe). I've had bad experiences in all of them, especially finding decent lodging in Carlsbad. You don't want someone pounding on your hotel room door at 4AM hoping you'll open it up so they can rob you like I had to endure there on my last visit. However, the nearby Carlsbad Caverns is a nice two to three hour excursion and the Guadalupe Mountains NP is further south but isn't particularly interesting. If you feel like driving even further south, try the Davis Mountains and the McDonald Observatory in those same mountains west of Fort Davis TX and maybe even try seeing the Marfa Lights phenomenon about 9 miles east of that town after sunset. There's a nice observatory platform that was crowded at 10PM when I went through there, but, alas, no eerie lights in the distant wilderness for me to photograph.

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Old 11-23-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: I-40
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Hello All

We are planning to drive from Phoenix to Dallas in December. I know its a long drive. I want to know best place to stay over night, take a break and then continue driving.

Instead of staying in a motel, I want to know if there any fun places to stay for a day like theme parks, camping sites etc(I've plenty of time )

Thanks
Vijboy

OMG.

I have driven from Phx to Dallas several times. My advice would be to get to Dallas ASAP and spend time there.

1. Stay on highways. The I-10 to I-20 route might be boring, but there really isn't much else to write home about. If you take Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Albuquerque, & Santa Fe out of NM, the rest of the state is ...dismal. There isn't much east of Las Cruces. If you stay in Las Cruces, visit La Mesilla.

2. There is a reason a lot of Texans tell you they're from East Texas: they do not want anybody to think they're from West Texas. The Marfa and Alpine areas are pretty, if you want to camp. Other than that, get to Dallas ASAP.
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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We are travelling from Phx to Dallas tomorrow... however we opted for the USAir route since it was faster, plus with the free holiday rubdowns being handed out by the TSA, how could we say no?

But we did do the surface trip in reverse in June, thru Wichita Falls and across the northern part of the state, thru Amarillo & Albuquerque and down thru Payson. It was a somewhat scenic ride. I think the mileage is probably about the same as the southern route.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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I would avoid Lordsburg (dying town), Socorro (can you say poverty?), and Carlsbad (unsafe). I've had bad experiences in all of them, especially finding decent lodging in Carlsbad. You don't want someone pounding on your hotel room door at 4AM hoping you'll open it up so they can rob you like I had to endure there on my last visit.
Always stay in a hotel with inside access. Much safer. I wouldn't even consider a motel or cheap hotel unless I was poor.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:23 PM
 
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Just did this drive. Do you have children? That could be a factor in how you approach the planning.

I would break it up into three days. If you go the I10-I20 "southern route" (which is the best way to go in the winter to avoid snowy mountain passes), Las Cruces, NM and Big Spring, TX are good places to stay the night. There are plenty of quality hotels, and I'm sure "alternative" choices, as well. Both are at least somewhat interesting towns, and I'm sure you could find things to do/see while there.

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Mostly, though, it's a long, boring drive. Good luck!
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:05 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Do I-10 to I-20. Stay in El Paso.

I made the drive from Fort Worth to Scottsdale in one day alone. It took about 15 or 16 hours. I understand that's too much for most people.

El Paso is a good place to stop. Seeing as its the biggest city between Phoenix and Dallas there are quite a few big name hotels to choose from that aren't very high in price.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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We have done this drive several times. Going to Phoenix we usually stop in El Paso. There is a nice Holiday Inn that we stay at there. Lots of nice restaurant choices and shopping. The drive to Phoenix the next morning is only about 4 hours in that case. However, driving the other direction, if I could, I would drive straight through if possible, otherwise, make the first day a short drive and plan on the next day the boring drive to Texas. Gosh, west Texas is so unattractive. I would bring along audio books or comedy cds or something to take my mind off the long drive from el paso to dallas!
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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We have done this drive several times. Going to Phoenix we usually stop in El Paso. There is a nice Holiday Inn that we stay at there. Lots of nice restaurant choices and shopping. The drive to Phoenix the next morning is only about 4 hours in that case. However, driving the other direction, if I could, I would drive straight through if possible, otherwise, make the first day a short drive and plan on the next day the boring drive to Texas. Gosh, west Texas is so unattractive. I would bring along audio books or comedy cds or something to take my mind off the long drive from el paso to dallas!
Seems like the drive from El Paso to Phoenix is closer to six hours.
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