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    Hi everyone,

    I am about to head on a road trip next week. My buddy is moving from South Florida to Arizona, and I have decided to drive out there with him and his cousin, who is also going just for the ride. We are all in our early 20s so are looking for a fun yet interesting time. Here is the path I have so far.

    Day 1: Boca Raton to Gainesville, FL (my alma mater)
    Day 2: Gainesville to New Orleans, LA (no explanation necessary)
    Day 3: New Orleans to Austin, TX (friends)
    Day 4: Austin to Dallas (more friends)
    Day 5: Dallas to ???
    Day 6: ??? to ???
    Day 7: ??? to Phoenix

    Now after Dallas, I am not sure what the most fun, interesting way to go would be. I have been looking online and thought that going from Dallas to Amarillo (Big Texan Ranch and Cadillac Ranch) through Albuquerque (college town) through Flagstaff could be a good way to go. This would allow us to follow Route 66 and visit the Grand Canyon. Or, we could go South, maybe through El Paso and border Mexico, or visit Carlsbad Caverns or Roswell, NM. Whichever way we go, we have 3 driving days to get from Dallas to Phoenix. I'm wonder if you have any opinions on what would be a great trip for us.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Western/Central Massachusetts

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    Welcome to the RoadTrip America Forum!

    Three days from Dallas to Phoenix is kind of tight if you want to stop and take in any attractions along the way. It's about 1080 miles if you head through El Paso; 1130 miles if you go up into Amarillo. That's not to say it's impossible, but I wouldn't plan on spending more than a couple of hours in any spot.

    It sounds like you are planning on flying back - is this correct?

    Essentially what you are going to want to answer is - which of your choices is the most interesting to you? Also keep in mind that Grand Canyon would add about 180+ miles to your trip - which is three hours, excluding time to actually visit and enjoy the park.

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    Join Date
    May 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico


    With three days, you could make it to the Grand Canyon, but I think Tim is right, you wouldn’t have much time for stops along the way and driving on Route 66. It’s a long drive from Dallas to Albuquerque, 650 miles.

    If you headed south from Dallas, you could do something like this:

    Day 5: Dallas, TX to Carlsbad, NM (500 miles)
    Day 6: To Carlsbad Caverns National Park (23 miles), then to El Paso, TX (150 miles)
    Day 7: El Paso, TX to Phoenix, AZ (430 miles)

    That would give you plenty of time to look around the Caverns, and then make the fairly short drive to El Paso.

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    Those sound like good ideas. I am actually trying to combine Austin and Dallas into one day, it all depends if my Austin friends will come up to Dallas for the night. Since I have been to Austin before, I wouldn't mind. If we did that, we would have 4 days from Dallas to Phoenix. This is a plan I am envisioning.

    Boca Raton to Gainesville
    Gainesville to New Orleans
    New Orleans to Dallas
    Dallas to Carlsbad
    Carlsbad to Albuqurque
    Albuquerque to Flagstaff
    Flagstaff to Phoenix

    By doing this, we could see Carlsbad, Roswell, the Grand Canyon, and have a little time on Route 66 (we will probably stick to I-40 most of the way) and hopefully have a little more time to enjoy. What do you guys think? I was looking forward to a 72 ounce steak though!

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    Join Date
    May 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Default 4 days Dallas - Phoenix

    By doing this, we could see Carlsbad, Roswell, the Grand Canyon, and have a little time on Route 66 (we will probably stick to I-40 most of the way) and hopefully have a little more time to enjoy.
    Carlsbad Caverns opens at 8:30 a.m., and you’d want to allow 3-4 hours to tour the caves. From there it’s 300 miles to Albuquerque. If you got started early enough, I think you’d be able to visit Carlsbad Caverns and still have time for a short stop in Roswell.

    If you headed straight to Albuquerque from Dallas, your last four days would look like this:

    Dallas to Albuquerque, with a stop in Amarillo for the giant steak. This would be a long day, but the next three days you could really take it easy.

    All day to get from Albuquerque to Flagstaff. A few places along the way are Petroglyph National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, and Petrified Forest National Park.

    Two full days to see the Grand Canyon and other places around there that you might want to visit before heading to Phoenix.

    It would probably be a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecasts. There has been rain, snow and freezing rain in the Southwest over the last few days, with more forecast into the early part of next week. Later in the week looks a little better. You might want to keep your plans flexible, just in case.

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