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Route suggestions- San Diego to Grand Canyon

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Route suggestions- San Diego to Grand Canyon

We’re planning to drive from San Diego through to the Grand Canyon and have a few days to do so.

Phoenix seems an obvious place to stop but not a massive amount to see?

Are there any other highlights, different routes or worthy detours people would suggest?

Cheerio!

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1. Re: Route suggestions- San Diego to Grand Canyon

What time of year? Makes a difference with a few of the possible routes.

Some possible routes are thru Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, run some sections of Route 66 and end up at the canyon via I-40.

Other routes can be from San Diego towards El Centro, cut thru the Glamis sand dunes to I-10, up the hill to Yarnell, Prescott, Jerome and Sedona, then on to the GC.

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2. Re: Route suggestions- San Diego to Grand Canyon

Some possibilities of things to see from San Diego to Grand Canyon.

1) Temecula Wineries - 90 minutes or so from San Diego.

http://www.temeculawines.org/

2) Drive Pine to Palm Scenic highway from Temecula to Palm Springs to stay a night.

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In Palm Springs area do arial tram, see downtown Palm Springs, the Living Desert, have a date shake.

4. Drive from Palm Springs through Joshua Tree National Park, see the park, exiting to 29 Palms.

https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

5. Drive and spend a night at Lake Havasu City taking a sunset cruise on the lake (if they are running).

Stay at London Bridge Resort

https://golakehavasu.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g31…

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3. Re: Route suggestions- San Diego to Grand Canyon

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6. From Lake Havasu City, go to I-40. This is where you can drive to a wild west town of Oatman - lots of cure wild burros.

https://www.oatmangoldroad.org/

Then drive over Seligman Pass to Kingman, Arizona where you can see the Route 66 Museum and the Mohave Museum.

gokingman.com/attraction-Powerhouse-Route-66…

7.Drive on and spend a couple of nights in Sedona or Flagstaff. Its about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Lake Havasu City and 4 to Sedona.

https://visitsedona.com/

Things to see around Flagstaff include some interesting Native American rurins such as Wupatki and Walnut Canyon. There is also Sunset crater.

There is enough to see in Sedona to spend 2 or more nights

8. Then drive to Grand Canyon National Park as you have planned.

There is a good animal rescue drive through park in Williams called Bearizonia

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

9 Then complete your drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Note: On your comment regarding Phoenix, there is a lot to do there, such as Old Scottsdale, Musical Instruments Museum, Heard Museum, zoo, Desert Belle boat ride in the desert, Lost Dutchman State Park, brew pubs in Tempe, and so forth. But you don't need to go there if you do not want to

As such, the suggested itinerary I have given does not include Phoenix.

It also does not include Las Vegas which is another place people like to include on a trip to Grand Canyon.

Desert parks east of Las Vegas such as valley of fire, zion, bryce are possible but can be subject to some winter conditions. Grand Canyon can have dusting of snow too dependent when you are traveling.

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4. Re: Route suggestions- San Diego to Grand Canyon

Awesome suggestions! Thank you

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