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Williams to San Diego - drive one day

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Williams to San Diego - drive one day

Hello. We are planning to drive to San Diego from Williams Arizona in one day mid May; what is the best route and are there any interesting sites along the way?

We will have spent 2 days at Grand Canyon. Thanks

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1. Re: Williams to San Diego - drive one day

For a one day drive, you have about an 8 hour drive plus stops; plan 9-10 hours. A logical scenic detour would be Joshua Tree NM NW of Palm Springs, maybe another hour without stops. There are other things but it depends on how much time you want to take.

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2. Re: Williams to San Diego - drive one day

yes, I agree it will be a long day. Is one of the highways route 66? is it worthy of travelling through?

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3. Re: Williams to San Diego - drive one day

You can drive Route 66 from Seligman west of Williams to Kingman. It will add a half hour without stops. The only reason to take would be to stop in Seligman and at the Hackberry General Store. There is also a scenic segment from Kingman to Oatman which will add at least an hour to your travel without stops. Oatman is an old town with some shops and wild burros in the streets.

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4. Re: Williams to San Diego - drive one day

I suggest turning South, on the 89 at Ash fork .. Continuing to Prescott & down the"Hill" to the 71/60/I-10 West , to Blythe ... There turn South, on the 78 to the Imperial Vy. Following the scenic I-8,into the San Diego area ... Happy trails ... carracar

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5. Re: Williams to San Diego - drive one day

Most of the route which carracar suggests is scenic. I would estimate it at 9 hours plus stops.

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thanks - your comments are very helpful!

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