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    Hi Everyone,

    We're planning on a trip from San Diego to Phoenix to Grand Canyon to Las Vegas and back again to San Diego. We're leaving tomorrow. Does anyone have any suggestions for a couple on this route? I have seen comments about San Diego to the Grand Canyon but nothing about stopping in Phoenix. We want to stay in Phoenix on the first night.

    Thank you,


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    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    You don't say how long you have for the road trip in total, or what your interests are, but a few things that might interest you are ; instead of a straight shot to Phoenix on I 8 you could drive through the Anza Borrego Desert state park and alongside the Salton sea to I 10, where you would have the option of visiting Joshua Tree NP. From Phoenix you could head into the Prescott valley through Jerome and Sedona, while close to Flagstaff you have Walnut canyon and Sunset crater just off 89.

    I would use US 89 to enter the Grand canyon by the East entrance on AZ 64 which is 'Desert view drive'. Your first stop would be at the Old Watchtower where you will find wide open views of the Colorado as it starts it's journey through the Canyon and you can use other viewpoints along the way to follow it's path, wonderful!

    From GC to Vegas you could take a small detour onto original route 66 through Seligman to Kingman and have a look around some of the quirky memorabilia stores. Hoover dam is next up where you will be able to see the new bridge crossing nearing completion.

    From Vegas you could drive through the Mojave National preserve, or if you had an night to spare the option of driving through Death valley.

    Have a great trip !

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