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  1. Default Santa Monica, CA to Arlington, TX ASAP!

    Hi, raodtrip specialists!
    Me and my friend are planning to roadtrip to Arlington, TX and come back all the way to Santa Monica (all in a week), and we are departing tonight.
    We are beginners, so any advises are welcome! such as, where we can/should not take naps and stop by for attractions/restroom, what we should bring at least, time/where we should avoid to drive, etc...

    Thanks!!!:)

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Well, you're looking at two and a half days to Arlington and two and a half days for the return drive. So that leaves you at most a few days in Arlington depending on how much you want to see and do along the way. YDeparting at night is generally not a good idea unless your normal work/sleep schedule has you awake during the night and you get a good day's sleep before departing. In that case, there won't be much open or viewable as you drive through the dark hours. Otherwise, you'd be well advised to get a good sleep tonight in the L.A. area and depart tomorrow morning and make overnight stops around Wilcox AZ and Big Spring TX on your eastbound leg. Then on your return, the same advice applies - get a good night's sleep and leave in the morning with overnight stops at roughly El Paso TX and Blythe CA. It is illegal and unsafe to simply pull over in rest areas or by the side of the road to try to sleep. Besides which, you just can't get a good sleep in a car. You should be able to find some relatively low cost motels along I-10 that will keep your expenditures down, but in the event that even $35-40 a night is too much for you, try truck stops where they will often allow travelers to park in their lot overnight but be aware that it is a common courtesy to buy something for the privilege, such as a meal.

    AZBuck

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    Thank you for the advises!!!
    So we may be departing this evening and stopping by motel to overnight I guess! And we are planning to get to Arlington in two days and two for the return drive.
    And do you also have any recommendations of attractions along the way we pass? I found many of these but since we have only a week for the trip, I want to know what we better to see!
    Thank you!

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    You're looking at a trip that is more than 1400 miles. It is unsafe to attempt such a drive without at least 2 overnight stops.

    Even with 2.5 days, you won't have time to stop for attractions, so it is rather pointless for us to make recommendations for attractions when you aren't making time for a reasonable amount of sleep!

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    That route is one of the VERY few that I would even try to drive in 2 days. It can be done, but only if you leave at the crack of dawn and drive till after dinner. The only reason it can be done is the high speed limits. If you leave in the evening, drive a few hours only, get into a motel early enough so you can get a decent night's sleep and GET UP around 6am.

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    Oh... Is it still hard even if we take a turn? (sorry I didn't mention it...)

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    Yes, having 2 people still makes this a drive that is far longer than we recommend. Sitting in a car as a passenger is still fatiguing, and does not provide the kind of rest needed to be driving without real sleep.

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    ...and it doesn't help. You are still trying to drive over 1400 miles in only two days, including driving through three major cities. (You don't think that will slow you down?) Once again, what little sleep you get while in a moving car will be of almost no help. You asked for our advice and we've given it - you need more time for this drive. The only remaining question is whether you will take that advice or become a danger to yourselves and others who must share the road with you after you become sleep deprived and still try to press on because you think that you can do what no one else can.

    AZBuck

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    Default Experience vs beginners.

    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    That route is one of the VERY few that I would even try to drive in 2 days.
    That is coming from a very experienced driver, who has driven this route multiple times. As beginners, you can only hope to know (and sense) where possible congestion is, and how to avoid it. And I doubt you would be travelling with the technology which glc uses, all of which he uses expertly to his advantage.

    Lifey

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    Yea, we were taking it lightly. So it's like, depart tomorrow early morning for taking priority a real sleep at night, and we drive by taking a turn each 2 or 3 hours with having breaks. And we stay motel at night. I'll rethink where we can go around in a week.
    Thank you all for sincere advises!

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