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Old 09-18-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
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Indiana to Arizona in January

LOoking for suggestions on most weather friendly route to Arizona from Indiana. WE will plan at least a 10 week trip so don't mind a meandering route to get there. We would like to drive 300-400 miles a day. LOve to hear suggestions from others who have made this trip in the winter. THanks!

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In January?? Straight South as far as you can go. Then turn right. (-:

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Old 09-18-2016, 09:07 PM   #3
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X2 on straight south then I-10 into Arizona. I-40 can be very bad in winter.

You could check out Gulf State Park, Alabama - lots of snowbirders go there. You can stay the whole winter, unlike many state parks...nice beach, good food, fresh shrimp off the boats, good shopping

Then work you want into Texas and check out some areas. New Mexico is generally too cold for wintering but a look-see in Las Cruces would be worth a stop...perhaps a day trip to White Sands Nat'l Monument.

First major stop in Arizona should be Benson. Kartchner Caverns has a nice state park and the cavern tour is great. Tombstone and Bisbee are worth visiting.

Then Tucson has some great things to do - Desert Museum, Saguaro Nat'l Park (no camping)

The greater Phoenix area has some great Maricopa County parks. The sites are large with lots of vegetation and nice hiking. Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction is awesome and lots to do in the area, including a drive on the Apache Trail for beautiful scenery with lakes.
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:02 PM   #4
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The weather will decide for you. Last year we went straight west to KC then south to 40. Woke up to 6" of snow in Williams.
Year before we had to go South on 55 to 20 before we turned West. That trip we still got into ice in Texas.
Flexibility is a must as you may be hung up for a couple days till the weather changes.
Usually make the trip in 4- 5 days.

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My suggestion is one of strategy: Get a large one page map of the US. Notice all the places where there is a North-South Interstate crossing a mostly East-West Interstate.

Those places are your DECISION places: Check the weather going west and the weather going south ... head in the direction with the best weather. If both directions have bad weather it is time to hunker down. There are websites that give weather conditions on all the US interstates!

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THanks skigramp! MAkes good sense!

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