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Old 05-17-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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On May 28 I will be driving from Orlando, FL to Las Vegas, NV. I'm going to take the Florida Turnpike to I-75, where I will then pick up I-10 and follow it all the way to Phoenix, AZ and pick up Route 93 in Wickenburg and 93 will take me right into Vegas

So a majority of my trip will be along I-10. My father used to be a trucker and told me it would take an entire day to go through the state of Texas, almost 900 miles he said. But is there anything I can expect on I-10, like anything weird, any animals I should be concerned about like coyotes if Im out at night?

According to Google maps, I'll pass through the cities of Mobile, Biloxi, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Las Cruces, Tucson, and Phoenix

Anything worth stopping and photographing in any of these places?
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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According to Google maps, I'll pass through the cities of Mobile, Biloxi, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Las Cruces, Tucson, and Phoenix

Anything worth stopping and photographing in any of these places?

Some ideas:
  1. Baton Rouge, LA - Good restaurants and the LSU Rural Life Center.
  2. Atchafalaya, LA - A short exit off I-10 puts you into some great swamplands witha lot of photo ops.
  3. Lafayette, LA - great restaurants.
  4. Fabens, TX - Cattleman's Ranch at Indian Wells - great steaks.
  5. Tucson, AZ - Saguaro Sational Forest
  6. Tucson, AZ - Mothball USAF fleet - graveyard of thousands of planes.
  7. Tucson, AZ - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.
  8. Las Cruces, NM - drive between El Paso and Las Cruces through all of the pecan fields. Guadalupe NP is also worth a few pictures.
I am not saying that these are the best, just that they are interesting,

One thing to remember about I-10. The Louisiana border to El Paso is the same distance as EL Paso to Los Angeles.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Animals to watch out for?

YES! Keep your eyes open for deer west of San Antonio. They're EVERYWHERE...MILLIONS OF THEM!
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Anything worth stopping and photographing in any of these places?
Sure! Me - 6 miles N of I-10 in Tucson!

Seriously, if I were you and had time and money, I'd stop by for a day or two in almost all cities along the way. In Tucson I would suggest at least a drive up to Mt. Lemmon (you'll never, ever, see vegetation changing from cacti to evergreens in 1 1/2 hour anywhere else) or visiting Sabino Canyon. Since you'll be sick of driving by that time, Sabino Canyon might be alright - just to give you a taste of the unique Sonoran desert and the saguaros. That's what it looks like:

Sabino Canyon Pictures March 2010

Both will get you out of your way, though. Maybe the fastest little glimpse you can get would be by getting off I-10 at Speedway Blvd and head West on it for a while. If you have time or desire, you can keep going until you reach Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or the Old Tucson Studios (if you care for Westerns).

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Old Tucson Studios

Have fun! I've always wanted to drive cross-country at least once, but I doubt it'll ever happen... Takes a long time - even one-way.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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We drove that route 10 years ago to Phoenix. The only problem we had was the very unfortunate timing of driving through Houston during rush hour. Avoid it at all costs. It was horrible.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If you don't have AAA, you might want to consider joining. The map package and tour books they will give you are worth the price of admission, will have good info on where to stay along the trip. Towing could be very handy too.

I agree that you want to time your arrival in Houston and similar large cities so you don't hit rush hour.

Don't beat yourself up, take a rest break from time to time.

A hand-held CB might be worth having so you can hear what the truckers have to say.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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Two cool things near I-10 in Arizona:
- Kartchner Caverns is about 10 miles off I-10, amazing
- City of Tombstone, I think about a 20 mile zag, tourist trap but who doesn't like to play cowboy?

Don't forget to check out that bridge they are building way up in the sky near the Hoover Dam.

Best of luck on your trip, have fun, stay safe!
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