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  1. Default Driving from Ind/Mich to Scottsdale, Arizona with dogs

    We live along the Indiana/Michigan border and will be driving to Scottsdale, Arizona with a family member and two medium-sized dogs in mid-July. This family member is relocating to Scottsdale. Although it's not really a sightseeing trip, we wouldn't mind stopping at a few landmarks or points of interest along the way.

    We can get there several ways from here and were wondering which would be best. One option is to go through Indianapolis, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Albuquerque. The other is to go through Chicago, Des Moines, and Denver. Any advantages or disadvantages for either route?

    My other question has to do with the dogs. We could use some advice on "pet-friendly" hotel/motel chains along the way, and tips on traveling with dogs in general.

    Thank you so much for any suggestions you can offer.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    You are in luck for your pet questions. This recent article has a whole bunch of ideas for safe and comfortable roadtrips with animals.

    For a route, I would probably lean towards going through St. Louis, which would take you along some stretches of old Route 66, and it would avoid the south Chicago suburbs, which can often be a real traffic headache.

    That said, if you have a little time for a great drive, I might go through Denver, over the Rockies, and then south along the Colorado/Utah border, working your way down to Arizona, but that's going to take quite a bit longer than the all-interstate options.

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Well, there are at least two components that go into any RoadTripping decision, and they are the physical and the mental. The physical part is easy. the Indianapolis/St/Louis/Albuquerque route is shorter, but only by 100-150 miles out of a total distance of around 2000 miles. The mental component has to do with what kinds of attractions and driving appeal to you. Either route has a number of specific things to see, so let's concentrate on what the overall drives might look like. The 'southern' option would largely follow the alignment of the former US-66, so a good bit of Americana along the way. This would also take you through St. Louis and the Ozarks, and across some of the desert Southwest. This route minimizes your time in the mountains. On the other hand, the 'northern' route spends more time initially in farmland through Iowa and follows the old Oregon trail through Nebraska. If you turn south at Denver and take I-25 to Albuquerque, this would also minimize the time you spend in the mountains, but you may want to come this way specifically so that you do get to drive through the heart of the Rockies on your way to Phoenix, in which case, have a look at this recent thread where some of the best options between Denver and Arizona are discussed.


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