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  1. Default Help- From Seattle to New Mexico - How do I get there?

    Hello Road trippers,

    I will be driving from Seattle, and want to head to New Mexico to visit White Sands National Monument! I will be leaving in June, and I don't have a time limit to get there. Do you have any suggestions on the route I should take?

    Thanks so much!
    Happy Road tripping!

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    Default Too many options

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    With unlimited time and knowing nothing about your interests, there are really just too many possibilities to narrow it down. You could head down to California, and work your way across Arizona, you could go down to Utah and through the four corners area, you could go across to Montana and work down through Wyoming and Colorado. You could do some combination of all of them, or if your time is really unlimited, you could go all the way out to New York, and then work your way back to New Mexico.

    Unfortantly, you're going to have to help us more and come up with some ideas yourself before we can tell you much more than that.

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    O.k - here is my plan

    Drive from Vancouver - trying to get to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico first. Then, to the Grand Canyon, then California.

    I have 3 and 1/2 weeks, and I want to know the fastest route to get to the White Sands Monument. It is near Alamagordo, New Mexico.

    That is my first big stop - so I just want to get there as fast as possible.

    Also - I will be driving a 2001 Chevy Cavelier with 140,000 KM on it. Do you think I will be o.k.?

    Thanks so much for your help

    C Girl

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    Default directly

    Well, looking at Google or another mapping program, the direct route would be to take I-5 to Seattle, I-82/I-84 to Salt Lake City, and then use a few different 2 lane roads down through Moab UT, Cortez, CO, and joining I-40 at Gallup NM. Follow the interstate to Albq, then I-25 south, US-380, and US-54 will take you to White Sands. The entire trip is about 1800 miles, so you're looking at 3-4 days of driving to get there directly.

    I will note that you will be driving right by Several National Parks, including Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde just to name a few, that you'd be skipping by driving straight there. If it were me, and I had the amount of time you do, I'd take some time and enjoy the sites both directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    I will note that you will be driving right by Several National Parks, including Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde just to name a few, that you'd be skipping by driving straight there. If it were me, and I had the amount of time you do, I'd take some time and enjoy the sites both directions.
    My great regret when I went from Seattle to Four Corners last year is that I didnt allow enough time to check out some of the amazing national parks in that neck of the woods. Arches alone needed a day and the one with all the anasazi ruins (Mesa Verde? I dont remember which) would have been a couple days easy.

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    Default Cortez, CO to White Sands

    CanadaGirl, the route from Cortez, CO to White Sands described by Midwest Michael would certainly be the fastest, but if time is no real concern, you might consider taking two days (or three) to drive down through north-central New Mexico to Santa Fe, then continue south along the east side of the central mountain chain (bypassing Albuquerque) on your way to White Sands –- something like this. That would take you through Durango and Chama, over to Taos (and Taos Pueblo), down the scenic route between Taos and Santa Fe, along the Turquoise Trail, and past two of the Salinas Pueblo Missions. You could do this in two days, but three would be even better. There’s a lot to see in Santa Fe and Taos.

    Have a great trip!
    Last edited by howard; 05-12-2009 at 12:24 AM. Reason: added title

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