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  1. #1
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    Default South Texas to Las Vegas

    We are going to Las Vegas this summer * July *, and I have convinced my husband to do a road trip! I am so excited! All I know so far is that we are staying at New York New York in Vegas, and I want to see the Grand Canyon. We are leaving from Kingsville, TX.

    Any suggestions on route, things to do? And where to stay while in route? We are not worried about 'time' because we can plan our trip around however long it takes.

    Suggestions are welcome!

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    Welcome to RTA!

    What I do when we have a destination in mind and start to wonder what to do along the way: get out either a paper map or the map center here on RTA, and see what's there! Once you see what's there, a route starts to take place, then you can go on to plan in more detailing.

    As to where to stay -- that will depend, of course, on the route you choose. If you need ideas on motels/hotels, there's a search utility right here on RTA as well.


    Donna

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    Default Can't beat a roadtrip !

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    I have convinced my husband to do a road trip!
    Cool. Well done you ! As Donna mentioned it's important to make it your own trip by doing a little research and finding things that appeal to the both of you along the way. There would be literally thousands of options you could consider over many different routes, which makes meaningful suggestions difficult for us to make until you have a few dots on the map and a better idea of time available. There's a huge difference in what can be acheived between say 10 days and 15 days on the road, if you are talking about a month.... then Hey !

    You should definitely create a loop and take a different route out to the one coming back, perhaps a more southern approach which coukld include Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands NM, Tuscon, Sedona etc and come back along I40 visiting some route 66 towns like Seligman and Winslow, stop at Walnut canyon and the Petrified Forest, Albuquerque etc. Hoover Dam and the Grand canyon could be visited either way depending on your final routing.

    Depending on time [and if you had enough of it], I would consider heading north after Vegas into Southern Utah and visit the wonderful National parks of Zion and Bryce canyon before heading down through Page AZ [Lake Powell, Antelope canyon etc] and east through Monument valley to Four corners and then towards Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

    That should help get you started and once you have an outline of your trip we can certainly help fill in the blanks.

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    Thank You! The goal on the way to Vegas, is via Roswell NM, then Petrified Forest & Grand Canyon before heading to Vegas.

    We have an open enough schedule, up to 14 days. Our daughter who will be 21 is also travelling with us.

    Here is what I have so far.

    Day 1 - stop in Sonora, TX - hotel night. approx 5 hours from home. because I read bad reveiws about FtStockton hotels.

    Day 2 - head to Roswell, NM - hotel night. approx 5 hours from Sonora.

    Day 3 - Petrified Forest - 6 hours from Roswell. Hotel Night.

    Day 4 - Grand Canyon - should we stay the night in the area here, or visit then head to Vegas?

    Day 5 - Vegas? ** Husband prefers not to drive on busy freeways once we hit Vegas, is there a work around to get to our hotel? New York New York is near the airport - I think.

    We plan on stay 2 full days leaving day 3 out of Vegas.

    The way back is open, as far as the route and we were wanting to go a diff route home than on the way.

    thank
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 03-04-2013 at 04:52 PM. Reason: Quote of previouis post removed for easier reading.

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    You should definitely stay the night (if not 2 nights) around the GC - it takes a whole day to properly see it. Tusayan is the most convenient, but also the most expensive. You could TRY booking lodging inside the park, but it may be already sold out. What you could do is take US-89 from Flagstaff and stay at the Cameron Trading Post - then spend all the next day in the park and drive down to Williams for the night.

    It takes 5 hours to get to LV from the GC (4 hours from Williams), add an hour if you want to take old 66 from Seligman to Kingman. Don't worry about the LV freeways. US-93 becomes I-515, take that to Tropicana Ave (NV-593), take that west 4 miles right to the hotel.

  6. #6
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    Thanks for all the great advice so far. I was told that we are going through Langtry, TX first, because husband is interested in Judge Roy Bean history. So, that's our first stopping point, we will make our way to Pecos, TX and stay our first night there.

    I agree about staying the night around GC because I want to feel rested when we head out to Vegas. As long as we end up in Vegas on July 10th. That's when our reservation is set for.

    Day 1 - via Langtry, TX - Pecos, TX.
    Day 2 - via Roswell, NM to Petrified Forest - spend the night here - ROUTE:US-285 N and US-60 W
    Da 3 - Grand Canyon area, spend the night here.
    Day 4 - via VEGAS 2 DAYS

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    Default Six days home.

    Yes, a night at [or near to] the GC is highly recomended.

    As you are visiting the GC on the way out and you have approx 6 days to get home, I would certainly consider visiting the lovely Zion National park in southern Utah and then head to Page and through Monument valley and down to Albuquerque with one more overnight stop between Albu and home. That would split the 6 days to roughly 50/50 of driving time and sight seeing and some of the roads are quite spectacular along the way !

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    Great! So here is my to Vegas:

    Getting out of Texas, of course is the longest leg, have to sleep in Pecos to make it out! ;-)

    First Leg: July 7 – July 11
    =================================================
    Day 1 - July 7 – To Pecos, TX
    Stop 1: Langtry, TX
    Stop 2: Pecos, TX
    STAYING IN PECOS, TX - HAMPTON INN
    ------------------------------------------ 
    Day 2 - July 8 – Leaving Pecos for Holbrook, AZ (Petrified Forest)
    Pecos to Roswell - Roswell to Albq. NM - Albuquerque to Holbrook, AZ
    Travel Lodge, Holbrook AZ – PETRIFIED FOREST.
    --------------------------------------------
    Day 3 - July 9 – GRAND CANYON – STAY IN WILLIAMS, AZ.
    *assuming we will go to Grand Canyon first, then back to Williams to hotel. not sure yet.
    DAYS INN - 2488 W Rte 66, Williams, AZ
    Grand Canyon National Park (from hotel in Williams)
    61.0 mi – about 1 hour 9 mins
    -------------------------------------------
    Day 4 / Day 5 – July 10/11

    New York-New York Hotel & Casino (from hotel in Williams, AZ)
    216 mi – about 3 hours 19 mins

    Second Leg - I love the idea of Utah!

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    Default Pointers.

    Your first 2 days are doable, but day 2 is actually your longest leg and you will be hard pushed to see the Petrified forest that day, especially if you are planning short stops in Roswell and Albu. With an early start and the idea of just getting out of Texas, you could aim for Carlsbad on night one, but that would be 10 hours or so of driving with just basic stops included for a brief rest, food and gas etc.

    Getting to the GC from Holbrook I would recommend heading north on 89 at Flagstaff and go through the east entry point on 64 which becomes Desertview drive with a number of viewpoints of the canyon along the way, the first being from the old Watchtower. You will then be heading into the main canyon area in the same direction as the flow of the Colorado river that carved out the canyon. Although it takes slightly longer to the village area this way, it can actually save you time, as you won't have to drive from the village area to these viewpoints and double back again.

    If you like the idea of Utah, I would head to Zion NP and spend a night in the wonderful town of Springdale. Next day you could head to Page AZ [Antelope canyon, Glen canyon, Lake Powell] either stopping there, or continue to Monument valley. You could then make your way to Albu or Santa Fe and for something different to your outbound route, head to Amarillo and down through Lubbock towards home with an overnight stop. Depending on stops/timing, from Monument valley you could head to Mesa Verde NP and it's historic ruins and then continue through Durango [check out the mountain train to Silverton] and then out to Pagosa Springs [a soak in the hot springs]and down to Santa Fe. You won't be able to fit it all in unless you find more time, but there is quite a bit for to choose from and the drive from Zion and out through Monument valley is quite something. [I would also opt to take the Pagosa Springs route whether I had much time to stop or not.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave
    Your first 2 days are doable, but day 2 is actually your longest leg and you will be hard pushed to see the Petrified forest that day, especially if you are planning short stops in Roswell and Albu. With an early start and the idea of just getting out of Texas, you could aim for Carlsbad on night one,
    I agree with Dave here. You wouldn’t have a whole lot of time on Day 2 to look around Petrified Forest (or Roswell/ABQ). Driving straight to Carlsbad on Day 1 would give you a couple of extra hours the next day.

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