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Old 12-01-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Man I didnt even realize. I thought it was still early enough. I might have to rethink this route,. since I am already seeing snow storms in the next few days in that area. I am definitely trying not to get stranded.

Flagstaff is 7000+ in elevation. I believe the Canyon is even higher.
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:45 PM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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Man I didnt even realize. I thought it was still early enough. I might have to rethink this route,. since I am already seeing snow storms in the next few days in that area. I am definitely trying not to get stranded.
Welcome to December. Typically, this is the beginning of the winter storm season, and it can be a very snowy month in northern Arizona. There were already major accidents today on the interstates outside of Flagstaff earlier today due to the heavy snow, and more snow is in the forecast.

I would definitely take the I10 route all the way, mostly because of the lack of snow, and you also will be traveling a considerable distance out of your way going if you go the I40 route. Grand Canyon can wait until spring or later. Winter is usually not a good time to visit there anyway due to snow, fog, and below freezing temps.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:18 AM
 
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Thank you all for ya'll responses! I'm still debating on which way to take my route, but by the look of it I might have to stick with I-10.

If this is the case, does anyone recommend any specific stops along this route. I have already looked into Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Park, but I was wondering if there is anything else to check out along the way.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Thank you all for ya'll responses! I'm still debating on which way to take my route, but by the look of it I might have to stick with I-10.

If this is the case, does anyone recommend any specific stops along this route. I have already looked into Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Park, but I was wondering if there is anything else to check out along the way.
Yes, somewhere where he can shoot pictures and share with us, right HDShootsPhotos?!?
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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Yes, somewhere where he can shoot pictures and share with us, right HDShootsPhotos?!?
Yes!! exactly!! Im making the drive with on other person who is a photographer/videographer and we would like to document this trip in one format or another
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Yes!! exactly!! Im making the drive with on other person who is a photographer/videographer and we would like to document this trip in one format or another
If you have the time to get off I-10 and make side road loops back to it...
there are a TON of things (of varying appeal) to stop for...
but in winter few will be as appealing as in nicer weather.

'tis what it is.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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There are some parks/museums in and around Tucson that would be worth a visit it you're interested in that sort of thing.
Saguaro National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thank you all for ya'll responses! I'm still debating on which way to take my route, but by the look of it I might have to stick with I-10.

If this is the case, does anyone recommend any specific stops along this route. I have already looked into Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Park, but I was wondering if there is anything else to check out along the way.
If you have the time, you could take US-90 west out of San Antonio and run it all the way out into West Texas. It comes back to I-10 at Van Horn. It's a little farther, and a lot slower, but you get to see Del Rio, the Rio Grande, the high bridge across the Pecos River (highest one in Texas), Judge Roy Bean's court at Langtry, you could stop to see the mysterious Marfa Lights and enjoy the ambiance of Alpine. It's also a good route when I-10 is iced up in West Texas, which it tends to do.

El Paso has the Wyler Aerial Tramway which takes up to the very top of the mountains behind the city and give a spectacular view over into Mexico. If you are a little daring, spend a few hours in Juarez (you'll need a passport now).

New Mexico has the Chili Capitol of the world at Hatch, just north of Las Cruces and Columbus, NM, south of Deming about 50 miles or so. It was the site of Pancho Villa's raid.

One can always find things to photograph in Texas Canyon, AZ. It's just as you start down the hill between Willcox and Benson. You won't miss it! There's also "The Thing" just before Texas Canyon. There's plenty of billboard alerting you to it.

Just south of Benson about 30 miles is Tombstone, AZ. There's also Picacho Peak, west of Tuscon. You'll go right by it. Tucson also has a very interesting military aircraft museum. The nearby AF base was for many years the official bone-yard for the Air Force and the museum has dozens of different aircraft, from Flying Boxcar's to B-52's. Just to the north of Case Grande, and off the interstate, is Casa Grande National Monument, the biggest adobe building anyone has ever found. It's more than a 1000 years old.

Phoenix has lots to do, but once you leave there going west, it's just desert, which is beautiful in it's own way. At Quartzsite, you can go through town on the old highway and visit the grave of Hi Jolly. He was an Egyptian who came to the west to teach the US Army now to ride camels in the 19th century. He died and is buried in Quartzsite.

There's an Indian casino north of Blythe, CA and more around Palm Springs, after you come off the high desert.

Word of caution: Just west of Las Cruces, NM is a Border Patrol check station you may have to go through. They're not looking for anything but illegals and you'll probably just get a wave through. However, if you LOOK like a foreigner, you may be asked to prove your citizenship (which must REALLY pizz off American born Hispanics!)

At both the AZ and CA lines, you have to go through agriculture inspection stations. They're only interested in finding out if you have any fruits or vegetables which might carry diseases or pests which would threaten their farming industry. Be polite and honest. The worst they can do is confiscate your bag of bananas.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:55 PM
 
Location: American Expat
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Hey!!!

I am about to move from Houston to LA and will be driving out there over a period of three (3) days. I mapped out my route and have decided that I'll make one stop at Albuquerque and one stop at the Grand Canyon. Does anyone have any other recommendations of things to visit along the way. Also, is there anything I should be aware of during this drive concerning driving conditions?

Any info would be much appreciated.

Here is the route I plan to take:

Driving directions to Long Beach, CA - Google Maps
Forget that route. Hop on I-10 and that's it. I've done it before...twice. There's not much to see. The Hotels/Motels/Inns are also expensive. Wanted a ****load of money for one night in the middle of nowhere. Why I decided not to stop. Drove about 25 hours straight. The worst part was NM with their damn safety corridors or whatever they called it. Very slow...
Enough gas stations on the way to L.A. Although there were 1 or 2 stretches that didn't have anything for 50 miles. San Antonio -> El Paso is kinda crappy too. Nice mountain-like scenery but absolute nothing else. Just like a desert. And it takes about 8 hours to get through it.
I did buy a radar detector. The cops are everywhere. helped me to get through it quickly. I would go at least 80 most of the time. Often times even up to 90+ mph.
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