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Old 01-12-2020, 12:24 PM   #1
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My DW and I are planning a trip west in September traveling from Leland, NC and meeting up with a group in Sedona, Arizona. We see that I-40 goes all the way to Arizona. Also, according to RV Life, there seems to be a lot to see along I-40. If there is anyone who has taken a similar drive, we would greatly appreciate your suggestions, do's and don'ts. Many thanks!
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:14 AM   #2
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There is a lot to see along I-40. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center, the Turquoise Trail, the Sandia Crest Highway and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Malpais National Conservation Area,
El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino.

Homolovi Ruins State Park is near Winslow where you can stand on the corner. Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park are not far from the Arizona/New Mexico border.

In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. The Grand Canyon is not far Northwest of Flagstaff.

In the Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood area are Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, and Jerome State Historic Park.
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:35 AM   #3
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Beautiful drive

I drove from Northern CA to Ashland NC which required a lot of time on I40. From your end there is a lot to see especially The Natchez Trace in MS and Shiloh in TN. When you get to AZ there was a really nice state park, Dead Horse, which is ~15 miles out of Sedona. It had a lake with excellent fishing. If you are bringing bicycles you will need to either buy slime tubes or have tubeless tires. I got 3 flat tires in two days riding conventional tires.
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There is a lot to see along I-40. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center, the Turquoise Trail, the Sandia Crest Highway and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Malpais National Conservation Area,
El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino.

Homolovi Ruins State Park is near Winslow where you can stand on the corner. Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park are not far from the Arizona/New Mexico border.

In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. The Grand Canyon is not far Northwest of Flagstaff.

In the Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood area are Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, and Jerome State Historic Park.


Being from Arizona and have travelled I-40 many times east and west I must say this guy from New Jersey's information is 100% good, accurate and true.

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Old 01-14-2020, 04:39 PM   #5
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And don't forget to stop in Winslow, AZ, it's on I-40....if you are are a fan of the Eagles, and most everyone knows the song.....but you want your chance to go Standin' On the Corner, of Winslow, AZ...
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We did an 6000 mile I40W/AZ98S/I10E/I65N/I85N loop last May from just east of Raleigh. We took a month for the trip. The above suggestions are spot on but there is lots to see on the way.
Our first stop was Nashville TN, worth it but a long day. From you I'd do 2 days or stop around Knoxville or Ashville.
We wanted to cover ground quickly at first so western AR was our second night. We stayed in Amarillo a couple of days, and then again in Albuquerque. Once we got to Winslow we went into slow motion. Just chillin' for several days at Homolovi State Park but we did go to Sedona one day.
Next up was Lake Havasu City for several days, and then south to I10 and east to Benson AZ. Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone, and Bisbee are all close.
Pretty much blew across the 873 miles of TX on I10 in 3 days and then hung out at Buchanan State Park right on the gulf in MS for several days. Then on home over 3 days. We tried to get in Gulf Shores State Park in AL but they were booked solid.
We didn't want to travel back the same way we came but if time is a constraint there are other places to visit heading back east on I40.
Have a great time.
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I'm from NC too and have done and recommend this route as well. There's some good advice above...and I would also suggest you don't overlook a lot of good places in the eastern side of the trip depending on the time you have available. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg and on to Music City...then Memphis and Elvis' place... and the Route 66 Museum in Clinton OK just west of OK City is REALLY & surprisingly good. Don't miss the milkshakes at the RT66 diner in downtown Albuquerque & have a wonderful time!
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Also while in Winslow, if you are a fan of old diners, try the Falcon. Right out of 1950. The food is fantastic and portions are very generous.
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To Sedona

I lived in the Sedona area for 15 years. Dead Horse State Park is really great. I lived in Sedona for a while, then I lived in Jerome even longer. Also spent time living in Cottowood and Clarkdale. Traffic in Sedona is horrible now. Hope you can either drop your rig, or have a tow along vehicle.
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If you are pulling a trailer or driving a large class C or A don't, I repeat, don't take 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona. It is great drive in a car but the switch backs going into Oak Creek Canyon will be nerve racking at best in a large motorhome or pulling a trailer. I even try not to make the trip in my dually and I live here in the Verde Valley. It's a great trip in my wife's Prius.
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My DW and I are planning a trip west in September traveling from Leland, NC and meeting up with a group in Sedona, Arizona. We see that I-40 goes all the way to Arizona. Also, according to RV Life, there seems to be a lot to see along I-40. If there is anyone who has taken a similar drive, we would greatly appreciate your suggestions, do's and don'ts. Many thanks!
We travelled that interstate last spring for several weeks. The Oklahoma City bombing site was awe inspiring. If you get a chance spend a couple hours touring it. Also in Amarillo there is the RV museum in the rv dealership. What a delight. They have the oldest RV in America- an airstream from 1932 along with lots of great vintage rvís including the bus from the movie. The petrified forest is also along the route and you can drive your rv thru it.
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Forgot to mention if you are going to the Grand Canyon south rim here is my campground suggestion.

I use a great campground in Williams AZ called Grands Canyon Railway and Hotel. Yes, It has a big campground that is an easy day trip to the South rim of the Grand Canyon or you can get tickets on the railroad that leaves the campground. (Roundtrip day)
RV Park Location | Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel

It is located on I-40 between Flagstaff and Kingman.
The campground /Hotel has a great restaurant or you can go downtown and eat if you want.

https://www.thetrain.com/lodging/rv-park/
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