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Old 10-13-2016, 08:06 AM   #1
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We are leaving Sarnia Ontario Dec 30 and would like to know if anyone has suggestions about good highways or routes to take to Las Cruces New Mexico. No hurry for us so nice easy travel is what we are looking for if anyone has any suggestions.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:14 AM   #2
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We travel this route several times a year from Toledo, OH on our way to Pheoniz, AZ. During the Winter, I-40 is a mess in New Mexico. so we get off of I-40 in Santa Rosa and take a southern detour and pick up I-10 in Las Cruces.

There are plenty of Rest Areas, and RV parks along the route. This is the basic route we follow from Toledo, through Las Cruces, heading toward Pheonix AZ.

US-24 to Ft Wayne, IN
I-69 to Indianapolis, IN
I-70 to St Louis, MO
I-44 to OK City, OK
I-40 to Santa Rosa, NM
US-54 to Alamogordo, NM
US-70 to Las Cruces, NM
I-10 to Pheonix, AZ

You need a little more detail that a good map will provide, i.e. bypassing cities.

To pick up US-24, you'll need to follow I-75 to Toledo, then take I-475 around the west side of Toledo. I-475 will intersect US-24 in Maumee, OH. US 24 is a good four lane freeway all the way to I-69.

We usually bypass St Louis by taking the southern bypass. From I-70, to I-55, I-255, I-270 to I-44

The Oklahoma section of I-44 is a toll road between the MO border, Tulsa, and OK City.There are two toll booths at midway points, cost is $10 at each booth for the RV and a toad.

US-54 in NM is 2 lane, but a very nice ride and lightly traveled.

US-70 crosses the desert past White Sands, there is a long climb uphill just before you get to Las Cruces.

We really love this part of the country, I was stationed at Holloman AFB and found that New Mexico truly is a "Land of Enchantment"
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Wow! Those are some informative directions. Nice!👍


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Old 10-15-2016, 07:59 AM   #4
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Thank you so much for the route .....your information is more than helpful. Taking the time to respond in that detail is time consuming and we can't thank you enough
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It still amazes me the info one can glean from this forum.
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We travel this route several times a year from Toledo, OH on our way to Pheoniz, AZ. During the Winter, I-40 is a mess in New Mexico. so we get off of I-40 in Santa Rosa and take a southern detour and pick up I-10 in Las Cruces.

There are plenty of Rest Areas, and RV parks along the route. This is the basic route we follow from Toledo, through Las Cruces, heading toward Pheonix AZ.

US-24 to Ft Wayne, IN
I-69 to Indianapolis, IN
I-70 to St Louis, MO
I-44 to OK City, OK
I-40 to Santa Rosa, NM
US-54 to Alamogordo, NM
US-70 to Las Cruces, NM
I-10 to Pheonix, AZ

You need a little more detail that a good map will provide, i.e. bypassing cities.

To pick up US-24, you'll need to follow I-75 to Toledo, then take I-475 around the west side of Toledo. I-475 will intersect US-24 in Maumee, OH. US 24 is a good four lane freeway all the way to I-69.

We usually bypass St Louis by taking the southern bypass. From I-70, to I-55, I-255, I-270 to I-44

The Oklahoma section of I-44 is a toll road between the MO border, Tulsa, and OK City.There are two toll booths at midway points, cost is $10 at each booth for the RV and a toad.

US-54 in NM is 2 lane, but a very nice ride and lightly traveled.

US-70 crosses the desert past White Sands, there is a long climb uphill just before you get to Las Cruces.

We really love this part of the country, I was stationed at Holloman AFB and found that New Mexico truly is a "Land of Enchantment"
Get on highway 2 michigan to Wisconsin then across from rhinlander to 35 w...35 w to Kansas city n witchitaw pick up 54 south into new mexico...plug your nose when ya go by the bigg cattle opps....(one public toilet near texas} New Mexico is beautiful....Space museums in Alamogordo....I was Stationed at Holloman AFB 66 to 68....when ya get to Las Cruces take a right to Arizona.....safe driving bruce harten
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Get on highway 2 michigan to Wisconsin then across from rhinlander to 35 w...35 w to Kansas city n witchitaw pick up 54 south into new mexico...plug your nose when ya go by the bigg cattle opps....(one public toilet near texas} New Mexico is beautiful....Space museums in Alamogordo....I was Stationed at Holloman AFB 66 to 68....when ya get to Las Cruces take a right to Arizona.....safe driving bruce harten
Highway 2 to Wissconsin is way north. The first directions offered make more sense. They need to head south and west. Also I hate pulling a trailer through Chicago so dropping down into Indiana like the first directions makes sense. Also much less chance of hitting snow and ice.
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Get on highway 2 michigan to Wisconsin then across from rhinlander to 35 w...35 w to Kansas city n witchitaw pick up 54 south into new mexico...plug your nose when ya go by the bigg cattle opps....(one public toilet near texas} New Mexico is beautiful....Space museums in Alamogordo....I was Stationed at Holloman AFB 66 to 68....when ya get to Las Cruces take a right to Arizona.....safe driving bruce harten
If your on US 2 take it to Duluth then 35 south to KC . But then we stop off at Lebanon Hills CG, Apple valley. Our next favorite in a water park / campground in KC. Another favorite is Albuquerque then down 25 to I-10 and across to Tucson.
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Bite the Bullet - take I-80 to Cheyenne, WY and I-25 to Las Cruces.

(don't be tempted to take I-76 from I-80 in Neb to I-25 to Denver - it's a very bumpy road in many places)(there's a nice RV park at the top of Raton Pass on the east side of the Hwy)

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Old 10-16-2016, 03:36 AM   #10
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Set your sights on linking up with I-25, it goes from Montana to El Paso TX. Las Cruces is on I-25 about 40 miles north of El Paso. You will go through Raton Pass to Santa Fe (the oldest capitol in the United States) through Albuquerque down to Las Cruces. I don't know what you are wanting to see. Santa Fe has a lot of museums and art galleries. There are lots to see in Albuquerque. About 70 miles south on I-25 there is the Bosque Del Apache National Monument which is a bird sanctuary where many species of birds fly into for the winter. It's quite a sight to see thousands of birds floating on the lakes and wetlands, especially when they get spooked and lift off together. Las Cruces is about 130 miles south of there. Enjoy your trip.
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