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  1. Default San Diego to Grand Canyon

    Hi there...a complete newbie here,

    I need to show my cousins (approx 27yrs) from Asia around.

    I'm planning to leave San Diego on a Saturday after 7pm (cant change this unfortunately) and drive toward Grand Canyon. I would like to stop somewhere along the way and am looking for recommendations.

    My impression is either I can 1) stay in Sedona and catch a beautiful drive in the morning to Grand Canyon OR 2) Say in Flagstaff and enjoy the young social atmosphere. Please let me know your suggestions and/or what my other options are.

    Thanks.

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    Default Not overnight.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum.

    It is almost five hundred miles from San Diego to Sedona / Flagstaff. This is a day's drive and not something you can do starting at 7pm and then planning on doing anything else next morning. Besides, you will be missing out on all there is to see along the way. To make things worse, much of it is through open range country. Cattle and wildlife on the road are very difficult to see at night. You'd probably be much better off getting a good night's sleep, and leaving at the crack of dawn.

    How much time do you have for this trip?

    Lifey

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    I have to agree with Lifey, if your goal is to show someone around, you're not going to be able to do that if you set out on a 500 mile drive at 7pm. You wouldn't reach Flagstaff or Sedona until about 4am. Not only will that make it impossible for you to enjoy anything along the way, you're going to be way too exhausted to see or enjoy anything the next day either.

    I could certainly see getting out on the road and covering some miles that evening, but I think Barstow or Yuma would be about as far as you could plan to get. After those cities, there is a long gap before you'd have another chance to stop, and anything after that would have you on the road until well after midnight.

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    There's not going to be much of a social atmosphere in Flagstaff at 4am!

    From SD to Barstow or Yuma is about 3 hours. That's as far as I'd go that night. I think I'd rather drive on I-15 than I-8 after dark.

    Barstow to the GC is about 6 hours, Yuma to the GC is more like 7 hours.

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    This place is a goldmine! thanks for all this info guys, i appreciate it so much.

    Here is additional information:

    - Leaving next week. Sunset will be around 530ish i believe.
    - I'm okay with night driving, but is driving on I-8 very late night safe??
    - Which route exactly is the "scenic route" that people refer to?
    - Do I need to stay in Sedona to catch this "scenic route" or can i stay in say Kingman and still catch that "scenic route" without too much backtracking?
    - I have a sedan...are any of the roads particularly difficult to drive on around this time of the year?

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    The only things you'd have to worry about with driving on I-8 at night is the lack of services that are open in certain areas, and the occasional deer, coyote or illegal that would decide to dart across the road. Fuel up before leaving San Diego. Here's a run-down of what you'll find:

    First rest area is at Buckman Springs, about 30 miles out of El Cajon. Open all night but I'd be careful after dark. Golden Acorn Casino is open round the clock, as is the Shell station at Jacumba. The next services open all night would be in El Centro. There's a rest area just west of El Centro but once again -- be careful. Then the next services are in Yuma and Fortuna. One of those should be your overnight, not Sedona or Kingman (too far).

    Going up the 2-lanes after dark is a lot more risky. Lots more animals out -- deer in the headlights is not a good sight. That's why I'd stay in Yuma or Fortuna and then go up the 2 lanes in the morning.

    You should be fine in a sedan. Last February, I took a group of HS'ers to Flagstaff. It snowed in Flagstaff the night before we left. One of the women was driving a PT Cruiser and did just fine, though we ALL breathed a sigh of relief when we drove out of the snow! Keep an eye on the weather.


    Donna

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordony View Post
    This place is a goldmine! thanks for all this info guys, i appreciate it so much.

    Here is additional information:

    - Leaving next week. Sunset will be around 530ish i believe.
    - I'm okay with night driving, but is driving on I-8 very late night safe??
    - Which route exactly is the "scenic route" that people refer to?
    - Do I need to stay in Sedona to catch this "scenic route" or can i stay in say Kingman and still catch that "scenic route" without too much backtracking?
    - I have a sedan...are any of the roads particularly difficult to drive on around this time of the year?
    If you leave in the evening try to stay in Yuma (2nd GLC suggestion) I8 may be bit easy at night driving. Spend some quality time with your cousins at casinos in Yuma. Enjoy following day driving to Vegas or GC.

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    Default How much time do you have for the total trip ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gordony View Post
    This place is a goldmine! thanks for all this info guys, i appreciate it so much.

    Here is additional information:

    - Leaving next week. Sunset will be around 530ish i believe.
    - I'm okay with night driving, but is driving on I-8 very late night safe??
    - Which route exactly is the "scenic route" that people refer to?
    - Do I need to stay in Sedona to catch this "scenic route" or can i stay in say Kingman and still catch that "scenic route" without too much backtracking?
    - I have a sedan...are any of the roads particularly difficult to drive on around this time of the year?
    How many days do you have before returning to SD ? Have you other plans apart from the Grand canyon ? I think you may have missed the main point, you might be OK driving at night, but trying to drive almost 500 miles through the night and then continue next day is not wise, especially if you have been working all day prior to leaving. If you want to show your cousins around they won't see much in the dark and might not appreciate being in a car untill the early hours and then have to be up again after little sleep. If you give the full detail of your your trip plans it will make it easier to give the best advice.

    At the moment a scenic route is the least of your worries and yes, your sedan will be fine for the trip.

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    I would not recommend going through Yuma and Phoenix, it's faster and easier driving taking I-15 to I-40, especially at night and ESPECIALLY if the weather is not good. I-8 can be miserable through the mountains between SD and El Centro.

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    the plan is to leave SD in evening and head toward GC and stop somewhere along the way. wake up, get a good scenic drive in check out GC for a few hours and then head to vegas at night. hella driving...i know....

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