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    Default Brand new to forum

    Am planning on moving from the amazing Arizona heat to Northern California (monterey, santa cruz, palo alto area).

    Will probably have friends attending with me and want to take a scenic route around the 4 day mark. Grand Canyon is already one stop....looking for other awesomeness along the way.

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    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Welcome to RTA!

    Bring an umbrella -- my cousins live in the Bay area and have commented on how much rain they've gotten in the last few months!

    First -- do you have MAPS? Real, PAPER maps, not the kind you see on a 5" or even a 15" screen. A road atlas, such as Rand McNally, will work, and so will free maps from AAA (if you're a member).

    Off-hand, I can throw out a bunch of things that you could do on the way up. Grand Canyon is only one of them. Sequoia National Park is another one.

    The reality is, though -- it's almost 1000 miles from Phoenix to Palo Alto, via Grand Canyon. You've got about a 4-5 hour drive from Phoenix up to the Canyon, then time to see it. From there, it's almost 800 miles to Palo Alto - a day and a half drive. So you're not going to have a whole lot of extra time.


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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Scenic route.

    From Grand canyon I would head towards Vegas, through Death valley and up US395 and then cross the Sierra Nevada on the Tioga Pass [CA120] through Yosemite NP and on to the coast. You won't have a lot pf spare time but the changing scenery throughout the drive is spectacular.

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