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  1. Default Hikoi across America

    Hi. We are from New Zealand in our early sixties. We are planning a road trip from San Luis Obispo to Alabama in November. We have travelled throughout Australia, Europe, and parts of Asia and are not too concerned about driving on the right hand side of the road. We would prefer to avoid major cities and jammed freeways or interstates. We have a time frame of approx 2-3 weeks. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default What Else?

    Nau mai! Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    America is a huge and diverse country. Certainly you can travel for two to three weeks and not see a major city or a jam-packed freeway. But you can do that in any number of different areasand along any number of different routes. So what else are you hoping to accomplish on your visit that would help us narrow down our recommendations to those areas, sites, and activities that would better fit with your other goals.

    Last edited by AZBuck; 09-12-2014 at 05:52 PM.

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    Hi. We are kiwifruit growers from NZ . Our intentions are to visit business associates in San Luis Obisbo and then travel by rental car to visit a kiwifruit development in Alabama. We will then fly back.We had hoped to drive back by a different route but time constraints will probably not allow this. We hope to travel more rural routes then main interstate roads, also visit The Grand Canyon and other geographical and historical sights.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Five to Six Days, Each Way

    You'll need a minimum of five days each way between San Luis Obispo (SLO) and Auburn AL (where I assume you're going). That allows a modest but brief amount of time for one side trip, say to the Grand Canyon, while taking the freeways, OR taking a road less traveled and making a few short stops each day. So there's really no need to take the same route eastbound and westbound. Count on a more relaxed six days each way and that leaves you 2-9 days out of your 2-3 weeks to spend in SLO, Auburn or elsewhere. So, a few possible routes:

    The easiest is the one you have expressed a desire to avoid: Us-58 to Barstow, I-40 to Memphis and US-78 (freeway quality for the most part) to Birmingham and US-280 to Auburn. But along, or just off that route are sites such as the Grand Canyon Petrified Forest Petroglyph Monument Cadillac Ranch, the Oklahoma City Memorial, Hot Springs AK, as well as Sun Studios and Graceland in Memphis.

    A possible alternate route that eschews Interstates for the most part would be to use the old Route 66 in northern Arizona (it's now marked as AZ-66) from Kingman through Peach Springs to Seligman, and leave Grand Canyon National Park to the northwest on US-160 up through Monument Valley and the Four Corners area, past Mesa Verde National Park, across Wolf Creek Pass and into Walsenburg CO. Then basically follow USW-50 through old west towns such as Dodge City, Wichita with its airplane manufacturers and museums, and then down through the Ozarks to Springfield MO and US-63 to Memphis etc.

    Yet a third possibility, with a mix of Interstates and secondary roads would be to skip the Grand Canyon (especially if this is a return route) and take US-93 from Kingman AZ down to Phoenix and I-10 through southern Arizona past Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns then pick up US-70 past White Sands National Monument to Roswell. US=380/US-62 would then take you to Lubbock (Buddy Holly's hometown) and TX-114/US-281/TX-199 into Dallas and the Sixth Floor Museum. From there, I-20 (or US-80 which runs parallel to it) would take you past Gibstown LA where Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down, Vicksburg MS where there was a major siege during the American Civil War, and Selma and Montgomery AL on your way to Auburn.

    I have described all three possible routes eastbound, but you can of course take any of them westbound just as easily.


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