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road trip, phoenix to monterey, ca

Discussion in 'Arizona & New Mexico' started by Edward 96GTS, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. Edward 96GTS

    Edward 96GTS F1 Rookie
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    Nov 1, 2003
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    picking up daughter from college and driving from phoenix to monterey. plan on spending 4-5 days on the road.
    what are the must see places, where to stay and eat? some hiking(tho it may be too hot).
    best route back to monterey?
    tia
    ed
     
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  3. CSX55

    CSX55 Rookie

    Mar 30, 2021
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    If you want to stay in Phoenix,

    Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain (great photo op at the top)
    Hidden Valley/Mormon Trail on South Mountain (a tad bit more technical)

    Buttttttt, if you're up for some higher elevations and lower temps, I highly recommend heading northward a bit to Sedona and/or Flagstaff.

    Sedona hikes - https://www.themandagies.com/best-hikes-in-sedona-arizona/
    Flagstaff hikes - https://wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/best-short-hikes-in-flagstaff-arizona

    The FlagX adventure course and/or ziplines are also quite fun - https://flagstaffextreme.com/
    You could still get to Monterey via Las Vegas with a trip through Death Valley or just take I-15 to Bakersfield if you want a more traffic'd route back home.
     
  4. TTR

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    Any scenic route that doesn’t include “conveyor belts”, a.k.a. Freeways or Interstates, is always more much interesting, especially if driving something cool/vintage, like a Daytona (hint, hint, unless M-A joins you two).

    No rec’s for scenic hikes or places to see in AZ, but California Sierras, especially off 395 has more than plenty.
    Fossil Falls, Whitney Portal, Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest , Mammoth, June Lake Loop, Mono Lake, Bodie (Ghost Town), along with Death Valley and Yosemite, etc comes to mind.

    Enjoy !
     

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