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Old 01-17-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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Going to Sadona Arizona from central Wisconsin. Wondering which way to go, don't mind running two lane. Any Info would be helpfull. Jim
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:43 PM   #2
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For starters, it's Sedona. Do you really not know how to get there?
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I'd take the mother road, RT 66 which is the more scenic way.
I've done it from St Louis west to the cal line.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:12 PM   #4
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Hi Jimmy!
Please pay no attention to silly responses like the first one. Most folks on this forum are truly helpful.
On your computer, go to mapquest.com and click on "directions" then put in your start and destination city and state and get a result.
Hollar again if you need more help.
Others may also chime in to help you.
Happy trails!
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What time of year are you planning this trip? How much time do you have? Do you want to make it a straight shot or do you want to see sights along the way?


If you're thinking about now, it's not the time to be there. Sedona has winter temps. Also, summers can be hot. The nice times are April and May and September to November.


The most direct route from Tomah, Wisconsin if you're near there, is West on I-90 and south on I-35 to Oklahoma City. I-40 to Flagstaff, AZ and south on I-17 to Hwy 179 taking you into Sedona. That's 1800 miles - about 6 days of driving 300 miles which is our limit. Then figure in additional stays along the way.


There are endless possibilities of changing the route depending on what you want to see along the way. You could take I-70 toward Denver and I-25 south to take in some of New Mexico such as Taos and Santa Fe. Then pick up I-40 west. You could explore some of the secondary roads along the way.


For Sedona we've always stayed in nearby Cottonwood at Dead Horse Ranch State Park which is good for big RVs. It's a short scenic drive into Sedona and there's a lot to check out in the nearby area such as Jerome and Prescott as day trips.
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Just a side note. Some wait until they/we get to our designation to de-winterize. Opting to stay in hotels until we get there. Just a secondary thought.
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As twogypsies suggested when you get on I-17 go down to Hwy 179 (exit 298), do not take Hwy 89A (exit 333) to Sedona. Although it is a beautiful drive through the canyon it has switchbacks (about 4 of them) that a MH would have extreme difficulty maneuvering and with a toad there is no way. After you get to Sedona you can take Hwy 89A north for a nice scenic drive in the toad.

If you are a Good Sam member you might try their trip planner for some ideas. There are other trip planners that are similar.
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I will leave for SEDONA the last week in Feb. I think my brother-in-law takes Hwy. 54 across Kansas and other states and then I think he gets back on I-40 . I think he said it's about 300 miles across there but said it's good road. Just wondering ? Jim.
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I took Hwy 54 west across Kansas from Hwy 13 in western MO on a trip to southern CO. The road was in good shape, I wasn't pulling a trailer. I stayed on Hwy 400 further west since I wasn't going south to NM. All I can say is watch the weather that time of year. I believe I would get as far south as I could before going west. Kansas is famous for it's blizzards, nothing to stop the winds.
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Assuming the weather is not a problem (but that is a big assumption for February)

Suggested route:
S on I-39 to Madison
W on US-14/18 on the south side of Madison
SW on US-151 to Cedar Rapids, IA
S on I-380
W on I-80 to Des Moines
S on I-35 to Kansas City
S and W on I-435
SW on I-35 to Emporia and on to near Wichita
W on KS-254 to by-pass Wichita
SW on US-54 to Tucumcari, NM
W on I-40 to Flagstaff
S on I-17 to Camp Verde
W on AZ-260

There is a warning about this route ... lot of this route is across very open country ... any storm with blowing snow leads to difficult travel conditions ... so I advise you to watch the weather and be prepared to change your route ... traveling a couple of hundred miles to avoid hazardous travel is worth it.

I travel from Wisconsin to Arizona each year ... I have had to change my route midway here twice in the last 5 years. Intellicast.com and weather.com are your friends.
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The route proposed by Skigramp is the best, most economical.. If you leave in May, you should be able to "dewinterize" before you leave. One thing about that route 54 in Kansas, it is a 2 lane black-top, in wide open spaces, so trucks and wind will try to blow you around. And hardly any services available, so plan on not having to stop along that stretch. Your first stop could be South of DesMoines at the casino, nice rv park, full hook-ups, cable, etc. As I said, from there to Tucumcari, not much to see or do, so Tucumcari would be your next stop. West on I40, thru New Mexico is a grand trip, so much to see and do around Gallop, and Grant.. Walnut canyon, East of Flagsraff is a must see. AND, the church at Sedona, on the hill, is awesome. A side trip to Cottonwood and Jerome is well worth it.
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Weather in the end of February/early March will dictate what route you take. Just have several options open. Once you get out of snow country you get into ice country which is worse than snow.
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Thanks for all the good imfo. Well aware of weather and road conditions drove truck for many many years until I retired. Weather condition need to be treated with respect. Jim
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Assuming the weather is not a problem (but that is a big assumption for February)

Suggested route:
S on I-39 to Madison
W on US-14/18 on the south side of Madison
SW on US-151 to Cedar Rapids, IA
S on I-380
W on I-80 to Des Moines
S on I-35 to Kansas City
S and W on I-435
SW on I-35 to Emporia and on to near Wichita
W on KS-254 to by-pass Wichita
SW on US-54 to Tucumcari, NM
W on I-40 to Flagstaff
S on I-17 to Camp Verde
W on AZ-260

There is a warning about this route ... lot of this route is across very open country ... any storm with blowing snow leads to difficult travel conditions ... so I advise you to watch the weather and be prepared to change your route ... traveling a couple of hundred miles to avoid hazardous travel is worth it.

I travel from Wisconsin to Arizona each year ... I have had to change my route midway here twice in the last 5 years. Intellicast.com and weather.com are your friends.
Thanks for the information, traveled this route down to Kansas City many times trucking. Been in the areas talked about but it's been years. Thanks again. Jim
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