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  1. Default Western WA to Chandler, AZ

    Hi all,

    Nervous traveler here. We're planning a road trip between Western WA and AZ with 2 adults and 2 dogs. Can anyone recommend the most scenic route and recommend pet-friendly places to stop? Since we don't want to encounter snow in the CA mountains, by when should we complete our travel this fall? In case we delay our trip to the following Spring, by when are we assured of avoiding snow? THANKS!

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    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    You didn't say when you are thinking about taking this trip or how much time you have available, which are two pretty important details here.

    The most simple way to make the trip would be just to take I-90 to I-15 into Southern Utah then use US-89 to Flagstaff and I-17 into the Phoenix area. You're looking at a trip that should take you about 3 days.

    The number of scenic options along this way are nearly endless, with Yellowstone, Zion, and the Grand Canyon being a few of your many options. It is noting that National Parks are not too dog friendly, however, but there are also many national forest lands that allow much more access for pets.

    Predicting the weather is difficult at best, and it would be possible to see a springtime snow as late as June.

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    Thanks Michael! We're looking at early- to mid-October thru mid-November for the trip. It never even occurred to me to go the way you suggested - just assumed we'd head directly south through CA. We do plan to stop in CA to see friends, but you've given me a great idea - we could go one way on the way down and the other on the return trip. We're also considering postponing the trip to early Spring (late-Feb thru mid-March), so if you have an opinion on which would be better for this trip, I'm happy to hear it. THANKS AGAIN!

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