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    Best Way to Experience Desert - Driving!

    by jumpingnorman Written Nov 23, 2008

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    The Arizona desert is huge, and there's really no reliable public transportation that will bring you around the whole area. To access those native Indian dwellings and amazing desert landscapes, you need to have your wheels --- bring or rent a car, RV or even rent a Harley Bike (some companies offer Harley rentals). RV's are convenient in that a lot of cities and state parks are RV friendly. The roads in Arizona are wide and well-maintained, and some of the rest areas have the best scenic views of the desert. Gas stations are also plentiful, and sometimes gas is even cheaper in Flagstaff that the bigger Phoenix metropolitan area! So, if you are up to extensively exploring this state and its neighbors, get some gas money and maybe a GPS device might help too!

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    Grand Canyon Railway

    by awayhome Updated Mar 27, 2004

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    Service the Grand Canyon since 1901.
    The Grand Canyon Railway train departs Williams, Arizona every morning at 10 am. It's a relaxing 2 hour 15 minute train ride to the Grand Canyon. You'll see how beautiful of the canyon that you may see in your car.

    Price of the train.
    Coach Class; Adults $58.00, Child $25.00
    Club Class; Adults $79.00, Child $46.00
    First Class Adult $116.00, Child $83.00
    Deluxe Observation Class ; Adults $137.00, Child $104.00
    Luxury Parlor Class : Adults $147.00, Child $114.00

    Grand Canyon Train.

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    wide open roads & Saguaros

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 1, 2009

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    As long as you don't get in rush hour traffic around the greater Phoenix area, driving around Arizona is a joy. Straight open roads unfold before you as you drive through scrub brush desert dotted with huge Saguaro cacti. You can't get any more “out west” than this. Distances are great but there always seems to be something to see en route.

    Our route south to north was from Organ Pipe National Monument to Saguaro National Park which took about four hours to cover the 150 mile trip. From nearby Tuscon to Montezuma's Castle it was another three hours and 200 miles. Tack on another half hour of a very scenic 25 miles to Sedona. From there, it's another 120 miles and two and a half hours to the Grand Canyon. We also took in Chiricahua National Monument in the far southeastern corner of the state that was two and a half hours and 120 miles. We hit Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly later in the trip, coming from Colorado and Utah but it would be about five hours to the furthest point. Don't let the distances or driving times scare you though. Getting there is part of the fun but take your time as speeding limits especially on reservation lands are strictly enforced. Besides, the scenery is priceless so soak it all in.

    open roads lined with Saguaros
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    From Las Vegas to Grand Canyon South Rim

    by csordila Updated Mar 17, 2009

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    We were picked up early in the morning at our hotel - Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas - and delivered to the Airport. Flight from Boulder Airport to the Grand Canyon.
    Tour began with a flight over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam before flying to the South Rim. (The Hoover Dam on Colorado River creates Lake Mead at the border of Nevada-Arizona.
    Length 379 m, height 221 m.)
    From Grand Canyon Airport motorcoach tour with more stops at South Rim. The Grand Canyon, one of the wonders of the world, has been created by Colorado River cutting through rock for two billion years.The canyon is 446 km long, from 6 to 24 kilometers wide and more than a mile deep.
    Late afternoon back to Las Vegas.
    Duration cca. 8 hours including more then 2 hours flight. Price was about $200,- pro Person. Everything was allright.

    Grand Canyon Airport National Park
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    Rent a car!

    by kazander Updated Feb 3, 2006

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    I think the only way to really see Arizona is to drive it. There is so much to see and it's nice to set your own pace doing it.
    When we have visited, we rented our cars at the Phoenix airport. This last time we rented from Budget, they had the best prices at the time. All of the rental agencies park their cars a little ways away from the airport. So although you can check in with them in the airport, you need to take a shuttle out to your car. The shuttle pick up stations are just outside of the building from the rental agencies. Most (if not all) companies provide you with road maps of the area.

    car in Sedona
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    While driving around the boonies ......

    by kymbanm Written May 6, 2005

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    When road tripping about the Southwest, keep in mind that there are large stretches of road without services for travelers.

    For this reason, I stick firmly to my 'rule'... the gas gauge never drops lower than 1/4 tank before I refuel. This provides me w/ a safety margin, as well as a better choice of fill up spots for price comparisons along the way.

    Just use common sense and try to buy yourself a bottle of water whenever you stop - out here you can never drink enough of it :)

    A lot of undeveloped beauty...
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    Road Trip

    by kop-queen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Very easy driving - roads often deserted. Not many gas stations so keep topped up. During our weeks tour we moved daily and therefore carried all our worldly goods in the car - we were a little concious of leaving to take tours etc but made sure our cases were always covered with a towel to be less obvious. A vehicle with a boot may have been better for this.

    I-17 and I-10 through Phoenix were at standstills when we went through but we may have been unlucky with our timing (5pm 'ish).

    Some "scenic routes" may not be suitable for RV's - watch for the signs.

    Our Alamo hire was a success and we would use them again. It took a little while for us to get used to "Bossy Bessie" as she was always beeping at us to put belts on, close doors, turn off lights etc.

    Bossy Bessie
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    Route 66- or what's left of it

    by goingsolo Written Feb 28, 2003

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    IN 1926, the road linking Chicago and LA became officially designated Route 66. IN 1938, the 2448 mile hwy became the first cross country highway to be fully paved. IN the 1950's, construction on interstate highways began to keep up with the demand for faster routes. In the 1960's most of the parts of Route 66 in AZ were replaced by 1-40. By 1984, I-40 had taken over all of Route 66, though Williams put up a good fight to retain its portion of this historic hwy.
    Certain sections remain, particularly in Flagstaff and in Western Arizona between Seligman and Kingman and Kingman and Topock

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  • There's nothing like sticking...

    by TrueBeliever Written Sep 7, 2002

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    There's nothing like sticking your head out of the window on a highway that runs seemingly forever in both directions. So many fantasies bearing overtones of isolation and freedom can streak through your head. Out on the highway in the early dawn, just as the sun breaks the night into soft blues and is an overwhelminig sense of freedom. You can't achieve a feeling like this in the city. It's the closest you can come to flying without actually lifting yourself off the ground. Go ahead, try it. It's even better in a convertable. If you like to live dangerously, do it while you're driving--if there's no other cars around...just make sure you keep one eye on the road okay???

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    by mtncorg Updated Oct 11, 2005

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    For doing the Grand Canyon, you can either try and obtain a permit for doing the river on your own - the permit waiting list is something like 10 years - or you can go with one of the guide companies (most of them have websights; search 'Grand Canyon river trips'?). I went with a company called Moki Mac and can recommend them. The different companies have different trips though most have a 2 week through trip or split the trip up into roughly weeklong trips - the catch here is you either have to hike out of the canyon at Phantom Ranch if you are doing the first part of the trip (Marble Canyon is the prettiest stretch in my mind), or you have to hike down if doing the second half of the trip (the biggest rapids are on this section with one, Granite Creek, only a short float down from Phantom Ranch).

    For more on rafting in the Grand Canyon, see my two travellogues in the Grand Canyon National Park section.

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  • Your best bets are to fly into...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Your best bets are to fly into either Phoenix or Las Vegas. Phoenix is a better vantage point if you want to see some things south of Flagstaff, or if you just find better rates. Las Vegas is probably a shorter distance to the grand canyon. Either way, both would be good choices.

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    Tonto National Forest

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 18, 2003

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    Air Canada direct from Toronto, 4 hrs 40 minutes was a nice flight. We flew back out at midnight on United to Chicago then Air Canada to Montreal and home.
    I pre-booked a Mazda 626 from Hertz, with unlimited mileage (we ended up with 700 miles). Total cost for the 5 days was US$274 including taxes. The roads were very good, even Rt. 87 heading north to Payson is a 4-lane highway. Photo of Saguaro cacti along this road in the Tonto National Forest as we headed northeast out of Phoenix toward the Theodore Roosevelt dam.

    Tonto National Forest

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  • There is a train station right...

    by wantstocanoe Written Aug 26, 2002

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    There is a train station right in downtown Tucson that is across the street not only from a city bus hub center but the greyhound station too. I recommend if you can, bring your bike!
    If you contact the local bus company like Sun Tran in Tucson and tell them you want a first time riders kit they will mail you one before your trip.You can put your bike on the front of the bus for no extra charge. They come complete with city map/system and a FREE trip pass-yes for free! If you rent a car, Enterprise will bring it to you, and many of the hotels offer free shuttle services to/from airports/malls/casinos so don't hesitate to ask.

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    they have an airport..

    by egyptianhunk Written Aug 25, 2002

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    by train.i can't forget the view of the train crossing the mouatins and how i was so scared because i'm not used to see trains climbing mountains was an amazing experince for me..look at the picture to see how amazing it was

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  • Fly to Las Vegas and hire a...

    by Adztravels Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fly to Las Vegas and hire a car.
    One great way to see the Grand Canyon is to take an air tour. We took this one hour plane tour, but be warned, it can be a bit bumpy and although I am definately not one to get travel sickness, I must admit this ride made me feel queezy. You are probably better off taking the helicopter tour and you will see more.

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