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  1. Default 2 week trip to Arizona

    Hi there - we are back - we visited the site for info on our 9 1/2 week RV trip to the West Coast over the summer. Had a fantastic time - highly recommend the RV thing if travelling with kids - they loved it, we loved it, only had to unpack and repack once and probably came out even in cost.

    Trouble is we're hooked now so planning a 2 week break in April to Arizona - I understand it shouldn't be too hot then, in fact, hopefully a bit warm for us UK peops.

    Any advice on where to go and best routings would be great.
    Looking forward to hearing from you all out there.
    Yates Family (again)

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    RoadTripper Brad Guest

    Default Welcome Back!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yates Family View Post
    Hi there - we are back - we visited the site for info on our 9 1/2 week RV trip to the West Coast over the summer. Had a fantastic time - highly recommend the RV thing if travelling with kids - they loved it, we loved it, only had to unpack and repack once and probably came out even in cost.
    Great to hear you had a great time!

    Trouble is we're hooked now so planning a 2 week break in April to Arizona - I understand it shouldn't be too hot then, in fact, hopefully a bit warm for us UK peops.
    We love to have new addicts, er, enthusiasts on board! April in Arizona... You're right, definitely not the peak of the heat season. It shouldn't be too bad, high 80's to mid/upper 90's in Phoenix should be expected, assuming things go as normal.

    What part of Arizona are you planning on seeing? I recommend hitting at least part of the major regions, namely the 4 Corners area in the North East, Flagstaff & The Grand Canyon, Kingman-Havasu-Blythe and the Arizona "West Coast", the White Mountains towards the east central of the state, the Phoenix Metro Area, Tucson, and the south east around Bisbee.

    There are a lot of things to do down here, and you're lucky this is home to four of RTA's most active members, myself, Buck, Gerald, and Bob (although Bob is taking things easy these days), he's still written quite a few articles that are found in the planning section. Be sure to check out my day trip report from Phoenix to Flagstaff via Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon for a little more information on that region, as well as Beyond the Canyon by Craig. I recommend Walnut Canyon National Monument, but bring your good shoes!


    Arizona Bob has written some interesting Articles about Interstate 8, Verde Valley, Apache Pass, and Arcosanti.

    There are lots more resources, but unfortunately, my break is over. Let us know if we can be of more help!

    -Arizona Brad
    Tempe, Arizona
    Last edited by RoadTripper Brad; 11-17-2007 at 02:45 PM. Reason: add just a little

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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Central California
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    Default Back Roads

    Hi,

    Arizona is a great state to see by motorhome, as long as you aren't renting a 36 footer. There are lots of twisting, winding roads that take you to fantastic canyons, deserts, mountains, forests and lakes.

    I'd suggest picking your must see spots and linking them with the most direct, but not necessarily fastest routes to see the best of what the state has to offer.

    For example, just a couple of months ago, we wanted to go from Tucson to Globe to Cottonwood. The trip planning software suggested using the Interstates, but we took Hwy 77 north of Tucson, then 88 from Globe past Tonto National Monument to Payson (spent the night for free in the casino RV parking lot) and continued on 260 to Montezuma's Castle and Tuzigoot National Monument (stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park).

    The nearby town of Jerome was quaint, historic and has very narrow streets, so be careful driving an 8-foot wide motorhome through there, but you can do it. We took our car.

    I may be prejudiced, but I've never driven a road in Arizona (except Phoenix or Tucson at rush hour) that I didn't like. The diversity of landscapes from east to west, north to south is fascinating. (No, I don't live in Arizona).

    Favorite places in no particular order (besides places already mentioned):

    Tucson - Sonoran Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Biosphere II north of Tucson
    Bisbee - Queen mine tour
    Grand Canyon - north and south rims
    Monument Valley
    Hwy 191 in eastern Arizona
    Petrified Forest National Park
    Chiricahua National Monument
    Wapatki National Monument/Sunset Crater
    Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon
    Pioneer Living History Village, north of Phoenix
    Organ Pipe National Monument
    Canyon de Chelly - hire an Indian guide

    Those, and all the other places you'll find in your guidebook, will keep you plenty busy in your two week trip.

    Have fun,

    Craig Sheumaker
    co-author of the travel guide: America's Living History-The Early Years

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    Nov 2005
    Location
    The Great Midwest, Illinois to be precise
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    Default When in Arizona, It's Route 66

    You just have to cruise Route 66 in Arizona. Some of my friends consider it to be the best stretch of the road anywhere. The stretch from Kingman through Oatman and the wild burros is one unforgettable drive, but I'm not sure how it'd be in an RV.

    You also might want to go on an A-Z Treasure Hunt.
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 12-16-2007 at 10:12 AM. Reason: added the link to the A to Z Index

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    Hi
    We extensively drove Az from Page to Bisbee and from Yuma to 4 statecorner and believe me, you can spend month. It's a fantastic state and we keep coming back and 2 weeks is short and you can't see it all. The R66 drive mentioned before can be done with a RV. You'll have to pass Sitgreaves pass (3500 ft) between Kingman and Oatman. The road is not in all too good condition but only 5 miles before and 5 miles past the summit are with switchbacks but nothing to worry about. Just take it slow. The jack-asses in Oatman are fun.
    I heartly agree with the previous posters and just add a few others like Page, Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, Horseshoe bend and Hopi Reservation.
    Are you starting form Phx?. If you like we can give you an unforgettable itinerary. A great way to learn about Arizonais to take a subscription to Arizonahighways. You'll be surprised about the beauty of this great state.
    Yeehaw.

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