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Old 08-26-2019, 12:03 PM   #1
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NC to AZ trip questions

In a few weeks heading to Phoenix for some tailgating at a football game. Obviously looks like most of the trip will be i40. But once I get into AZ there looks to be some choices I need to make on my route south to Phoenix.
  1. Should I jump onto 377 right after Petrified Forest(which I will stop for), then 277, then 260, then 87 into Phoenix, OR
  2. Continue onto i17 and drop straight south, OR
  3. Some other better more scenic\eventful route?

This is my 1st trip past an 8 hr drive, so I jumped right in for the big one. Will be driving my 40ft MADP towing a Jeep Wrangler.

At this point my only plans are to have 9 days to make the trip and stop when I see something interesting. I expect to make overnights in Memphis, OK City, Santa Fe.

Any suggestions would be appreciated for making this trip, and that means any.....including where to setup in Glendale near the stadium.

Thanks!

PS - come back trip is thru Houston to tailgate there, then home. suggestions taken for this leg welcome also.
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I-40 > I-17 is probably a nice beginner route. If you take this route a couple places to visit


1) "Standing on a Corner" in Winslow AZ..

2) West of Winslow is Meteor crator.


I try to be a little more adventuresome, especially when the weather permits. I'd get off I-40 at Santa Rosa I-40 > US54 > US60. There are some steep descents with switchback between Show Low and Globe, but a very nice drive.

WHERE TO STAY - I like White Tank Mountain -its a County park.
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Old 08-26-2019, 12:16 PM   #3
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Certainly, I-17 is the most direct route, but not the most scenic. It depends on whether you want to get to Phoenix quickly, or to linger along the way and see some interesting sights.

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FYI - been thru the Smokies on 441 with my tow without issues, so I am not terrible concerned about winding roads. Very concerned about getting stuck at a bridge, low underpass, or very steep hill.
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I have 9 days, so I want to make the most of it but not rush to see this and to see that. Wife is still apprehensive about this RV stuff so I want it to be a good trip and get the good out of it.
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Your option 1 is a much prettier drive and less traffic as well. It's a little twisty coming off the rim but people drive it in large MH's all the time.
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Your option 1 is a much prettier drive and less traffic as well. It's a little twisty coming off the rim but people drive it in large MH's all the time.
I agree....option 1. We do it all the time. An easy drive, beautiful scenery. Take your time. Downshift, slow down, and use caution on the twisty downhill portions. Anything to avoid I-17.
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I have 9 days, so I want to make the most of it but not rush to see this and to see that. Wife is still apprehensive about this RV stuff so I want it to be a good trip and get the good out of it.
If you can linger anywhere, I recommend spending time in Sante Fe, lovely town, delicious food, lots of art and interesting shopping! You will need reservations ahead for the coach. Your wife will enjoy it! Judy D
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Option 1 is an excellent choice and always our pick but where are you staying? Phoenix is huge. If you're staying near I-17 than I'd take that to avoid crossing town.
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Option 1 is an excellent choice and always our pick but where are you staying? Phoenix is huge. If you're staying near I-17 than I'd take that to avoid crossing town.
Since our goal is to be there for the game we'll want to stay near the Phoenix stadium in Glendale. Found a decent place within 1.5 miles of the stadium but might try Cabelas, or any of the BIG parking lots near the stadium. After the game heading toward Houston for next game.
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If you can linger anywhere, I recommend spending time in Sante Fe, lovely town, delicious food, lots of art and interesting shopping! You will need reservations ahead for the coach. Your wife will enjoy it! Judy D
Would I need reserves even during the month of Sept? Thinking of staying at the Skies RV Park that I have heard this forum chat so much about. Other good choices??

My problem with reserves is I have never done this before so I am not terrible comfortable on my timing of getting to one place that far out. Anyways, that's my current way of thinking....
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I doubt you'll need reservations in September, but it never hurts to call and check on availability. It will be HOT HOT HOT... I'm not familiar with Skies RV Park??? See if they have any north facing sites. This will be a little cooler without the sun hitting the windshield.
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The Cabellas in Phoenix has RV parking but there are signs that say no overnight parking. Donít know if they enforce it. Going to Glendale, I-17 will take you closer without going thru Phoenix traffic. When you get to the intersection of I-17 and 101 Loop go West. 101 will take you directly to Glendale and State Farm Stadium. I have wintered at Paridise RV Resort in Sun City, an Encore Campground and Sunflower in Suprise, a Cal-Am campground. Both are nice and about 30 minutes from the Stadium. Go on campgroundreviews.com to look for more campgrounds.
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