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Old 07-21-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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I'm jealous, I love road trips! Been to 48 of the 50 states (still need Alaska and North Dakota) and I drove thru most of them.

Being from PA, a highlight for you might be driving thru the Rockies on the I-70 thru Denver. Although that would mean you would drive thru nothingness in Kansas. Southern Utah is beautiful with tons of National Parks.

Also, I-40, thru New Mexico and Northern AZ is cool. Indian reservations, Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Santa Fe, Monument Valley, Petrified Forest, etc.

Let us know which way you go and maybe we can give some must-sees along the way.

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Old 07-21-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: phila
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I think I figured out the route thanks to all the help from everyone one here! any other suggestions or changes? ty ty
John
copy and past the one below:

from:Media, PA to:I-70 W to:I-70 W to:US-89 to:AZ-67/N Rim Pkwy to:Hwy-89 N/US-89 to:I-15 S to:Lake Mead Blvd/NV-147 to:I-15 S to:33.882957,-117.589417 to:Carlsbad, CA - Google Maps
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo - Kensington
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Looks like a good route

Now sure how many days you will take, but some places that I like along your route are:

-Arches and Canyonlands National Parks near Moab.
-Bryce Canyon/Zion National Parks near Cedar City
-Stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon
-Las Vegas for your last night is a must
-Denver is a cool city to check out
-Rocky Mt. National Park
-Lawrence, Kansas is a cool little college town
-Gotta go up the St. Louis Arch
-I prefer Columbus to Indy
-Pittsburgh is one of my favs, but you've probably been there alot
-Finally, jump in the ocean when you reach Carlsbad. When I drove back from Vegas this past weekend, I drove straight the beach and did the same thing.

Have fun!!
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:29 PM
 
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I took 40 most of the way when moving from Philly to LA. Not all that interesting until you get to the western edge of the TX panhandle into New Mexico. Really beautiful southwestern landscapes for 95% of the rest of the way (stuff I had never seen before in person). Just remember that it's going to be really hot driving through some of the desert areas in mid-August, so as another poster said, make sure your car is in top shape.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Default Grand Canyon

This is not so. We were just at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in May and you drive right into the park. From I-40 near Flagstaff, just take State Road 64 North, right up to the park. There are hotels, restaurants and lots of beautiful canyon to see! It's simply amazing so it should be on your list if you have the time. The hotels book up well in advance but you could try some of the hotels outside of the park on State Road 64. Otherwise you'd have to stay in Flagstaff or elsewhere. Visit the Grand Canyon website for all the info.

Have a great trip!


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Obviously, the Grand Canyon is a must see. Nothing in the country compares to it. But last I heard, you can't drive your car right up to the rim (from Flagstaff AZ) anymore. Now you park your car a few miles from the Canyon, and then take a shuttle bus.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:14 AM
 
Location: stuck
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Sorry about this, I first had to take a 26' foot truck, but I just found out this morning my boss will pay for me to get a pod from http://www.upack.com. So with all these changes, I now can actually enjoy this trip!! Any suggestions on the best scenic, way to go with not worrying all that much about time? I am driving a 4 dr 05' benz v8 if that matters...And I'm leaving in mid Aug. I here there is a southern route (which a lot of people posted on the last post) and I also heard there is a northern route?

Thanks a ton!
John D
if you dont mind me asking, how did you work out your move to SD? did you transfer your job or just get a new one? good for you getting leave philly for such a nicer place. i hope to one day do the same.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: phila
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There was an opening for a new position in carlsbad, the owner of the location is from allentown, PA and he is tired commuting back and forth so he decided to hire me to manage the 3 locations, carlsbad, carmal mountain, and escondido. Definitely giving up some things to do the move, but I promised myself I will not live another winter in Pa. I get seasonal depression to the max
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: stuck
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Definitely giving up some things to do the move, but I promised myself I will not live another winter in Pa. I get seasonal depression to the max
i hear ya my friend. good luck to you. i will most likely have to suffer throught this winter, hopefully be out there by the next one.
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:55 AM
 
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I am retiring and will be driving from Doylestown Pa to Ocean Beach Cal. OB is in San Diego. What would be best southern/scenic route to take in mid October early November?
Thanks
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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I am retiring and will be driving from Doylestown Pa to Ocean Beach Cal. OB is in San Diego. What would be best southern/scenic route to take in mid October early November?
Thanks
That's an exciting and fun drive. I drove from DC to SD last year and took I-40 most of the way. We had to get off right before flagstaff due to the expected snowfall overnight and went down some windy 1 way roads through Payson and into Phoenix before heading west on the final stretch to SD
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