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    We have added 2 days in our traveling . We are driving from LA and then staying at Bright angel or maswik lodge for night . The next day we go to all the points and then stay that night in flagstaff to continue our trip towards Houston. How does it looks now?

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    That's certainly much better than your first plan, however, if I'm understanding correctly, you'd then be trying to travel from Flagstaff to Houston in 2 days?

    2 days from Flagstaff to Houston is possible, but is 2 very long and tough days when traveling with small children. You'd be looking at at least 10-12 hours each of those days. I would still recommend the same advice I gave you back on the first page of this thread, where I suggested you spend about a half day at the Canyon, and then try to make your way to Gallup. Even getting as far as Holbrook AZ would make your trip onto Houston over 2 days quite a bit easier.

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    From Flagstaff to Houston you are looking at almost 20 hours driving. Amarillo, TX might be middle stop... or If you take I10 route then El Peso may be stop...

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    40-25-10 ...this is the route we are thinking to take. Any places to stopover here and any hotels that is good in this route.

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    That route adds almost 150 miles vs. taking I-40 to Amarillo and then cutting down US-287 via Fort Worth. What is your reasoning for taking this new, longer route?

    Are you still planning to spend the night after the Grand Canyon in Flagstaff? If so, you're back to needing 2 nights to make it to Houston. You'd want to spend your first night in Las Cruces or El Paso, and then spend a second night in San Antonio, before finishing the last 3.5-4 hours to Houston on day 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    That route adds almost 150 miles vs. taking I-40 to Amarillo and then cutting down US-287 via Fort Worth. What is your reasoning for taking this new, longer route?

    Are you still planning to spend the night after the Grand Canyon in Flagstaff? If so, you're back to needing 2 nights to make it to Houston. You'd want to spend your first night in Las Cruces or El Paso, and then spend a second night in San Antonio, before finishing the last 3.5-4 hours to Houston on day 3.
    ok so in another forum almost everyone suggested this route but no one told me that it will add 150 miles more. I have just booked the hotel in GC and nowhere else. If we can travel and stay overnight on another place we are open to that. Infact we were thinking to stay at Albquerque instead of flagstaff. but as you say Las Cruces can also be another option for us.

    If we go to through 40 what would be the best route keeping in mind time, overnight stay and availability of gas stations food on the side.
    17/10, 40/25/10, or 40/35/45

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    If you go back to page one, you'll see the route I recommend, and the places I suggest you spend the night, assuming you want to actually see the Grand Canyon and get to Houston as quickly as is reasonably possible.

    Albuquerque really doesn't make any sense for a stopping point. It is nearly a full day drive from the Grand Canyon, and wouldn't give you any time to actually see the canyon. But then you're still a long day and a half from Houston, so you still need another overnight.

    Las Cruces is only an option if you are spending a full day at the Grand Canyon and then spending the following night in Flagstaff. It is way too far to be driving on the same day you are seeing the Grand Canyon, and you would still need to stop a night before Houston.

    None of the 3 routes you mentioned make the most sense if you are trying to get to Houston quickly, as all of them are 100-150 miles longer than using US-287 from Amarillo to Fort Worth. There will be no problems finding gas/food/lodging on any route.

    That said, if getting to Houston as quickly as possible is no longer one of your top goals, and you want to see something along the other routes... nothing wrong with that.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 10-25-2013 at 04:18 PM. Reason: correction

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    US-287 between Amarillo and DFW is a fast road. It's near-Interstate quality all the way with minimal town slowdowns, it's multi-lane, and a large portion has 70 and 75 mph speed limits. It's far from being desolate and isolated, it's a major through truck route.

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    I take US 287 when traveling from DFW to west coast or Colorado as an only option to get to Amarillo. For most part the road is non-traffic and four lane. There are couple medium to small towns like Wichita Falls and Childress with just about all types of food service and hotel brands. The roads are well maintained with new rest areas.

    With 287 going through Ft. worth you can bypass Dallas traffic.
    Last edited by jm98; 10-27-2013 at 05:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabzee View Post
    40-25-10 ...this is the route we are thinking to take. Any places to stopover here and any hotels that is good in this route.
    I like that route as well. I personally take I10 west Texas to Houston. The US287 can be stop-n-go type going through small towns and couple big towns.

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