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Old 10-24-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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Heading home to California

We are wrapping up our trip around the country and need to return to California with a fair urgency as my daughter is getting married soon. We have been on the road for about 9 weeks and have been moving a little slower than we had planned, leaving us further from home than we thought we would be by now. It has been a great trip and we have seen lots of the country that we had never seen before. Now it's time to go home. We still have want to take a little time for sights along the way but need to move. We are currently in New Orleans and will be heading for Auburn, ca. I'm looking at taking 287 northwest to Amarillo and catching I-40 west. Then at some point I-95 from Vegas up to Reno and over to home. How does that route sound and what should we look for as far as things to see along that route? Thanks for th guidance!

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Can't comment on most of your trip but I have done 95 from Las Vegas to Reno several times and find it to be a pleasant route. We have overnighted at Desert Rose RV park in Finley, NV. Pretty nice park and it is Passport America if you belong to them.

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Old 10-24-2015, 12:11 PM   #3
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Thanks Ciderdog, guess I'm mostly curious about the 287 stretch from Dallas to Amarillo. Also planning to check out the Grand Canyon as we pass thru.
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287 is a good drive with a RV.

Try to stay in Grand Canyon Nat'l Park itself - at Trailer Village. It's near the Rim with nice sunsets and sunrises within easy viewing. Have a good trip!
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There are usually good gas prices at the Petro Gas Station east of Kingman, AZ on I40. KOA at Kingman has a nice swimming pool. If you don't get enough Grand canyon at GC Village, there is the Grand Canyon Skywalk north of Kingman on Hwy 93. About 30 miles toward Lost Wages and then 28 miles on paved road to the canyon edge and the Skywalk. Recommended to be there at Sunset.
Have a camera ready when you go across the new bridge over the Colorado River at Hoover Dam, an RV will let you see over the railing and get a couple good pictures of the dam.
Several casinos in LV have RV parking.
Hwy 95 North... 100 miles to Beatty, 200 miles to Tonopah, 300 to Hawthorne ( Whiskey Flat RV park is a good safe place to stay in Hawthorne, FHU & pull throughs) or 400 miles up to Fernley on I-80.(There is a Hwy 95 Alt through the town of Yerington on to Fernley, nice drive and about the same mileage) Fernley gas prices are usually quite a bit cheaper than Reno, or anywhere else along Hwy 95. Gas there before you push over the hills to CA.
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Old 10-25-2015, 05:27 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody for your comments. Anyone have experience with the quality of hiway 287 between Dallas and Amarillo? We've been on some seriously flawed roads lately and we're trying to save our suspension and our nerves if possible.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:55 PM   #7
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287 is a good highway. Spend a day in Canyon Tx, just east of Amarillo, and tour the Palo Duro Canyon. It really rivals the Grand Canyon, you won't regret the visit.

For the most part All TX roads, US and state highways, are in good shape. We generally avoid the interstate system because it is so beat up. Plus all 4 of our "near death" events have been caused by idiots on the interstate.

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Old 11-05-2015, 08:39 PM   #8
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We went 287 from Amarillo to Dallas 3 weeks ago. Felt the road was excellent. Go for it.

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You could always stop in Corsicana, Texas and buy someone a Collins Street Bakery Fruit Cake, but don't send it to me!

I second the notion of Palo Duro Canyon. I wouldn't say it rivals the Grand Canyon but it's pretty impressive. State Park RV sites are just fine. No need to stay outside the park.

Trailer Village at the Grand Canyon is the way to go if you have the time to go there. About 1/4 mile from the south rim and shuttle buses pick you up at Trailer Village. No need to drive.

You could also see "Cadillac Ranch" on IH40 west of Amarillo. Then Painted Desert and Petrified Forest in Arizona, both along IH40

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