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Old 06-25-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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cooler route to Phoenix

Hi all you savvy, experienced road warriors. My son and granddaughter will be driving an older Prius that I am giving her from Austin to Phoenix next week. My question to you all is what is a better/good route other than hot,hot boring I-10. Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks guys.

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Old 06-25-2014, 02:44 PM   #2
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They are all hot. Come up to Ft. Worth, then up toward Wichita Falls. Take 380 straight across to Socorro NM, 60 all the way to Phoenix. A short detour from Datil on 12 to Gila and Alpine will keep you higher and cooler (not much) and rejoin 60 at Springerville. Remember it is the journey, not the destination.

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Old 06-25-2014, 03:53 PM   #3
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the car has AC right.. go in fall it's cooler. but there is not a cool way to go to phoenix during height of summer. actually sat. was the beginning of summer.

even in places like lake norden SD it gets to 100 in summer.
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Once you get to the high desert along I-40, the temperatures can hover in the high 90s to low 100s. We have a place just off US60 in Show Low, AZ and we can see 20+ degree cooler temperatures than Phoenix. One can still see 88 degrees, but that 20 degree differential seems to hold out pretty well.
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If it's a delivery, and not a camping trip, book out I-10 to Phoenix. W've done U.S. 60 many times, both ways, and it's not that interesting, especially in the summer.
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hey thanks folks. I will pass this info on to my son.
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There's no "cool" way to go to Phoenix this time of year, especially. But if it were me (and we have traveled plenty in the SW this time of year) I'd want to make it a fun, interesting trip and not just a drive till you drop style of trip...enjoy the journey by doing and seeing some things along the way that you may not get to a gain, and you'll have far fonder memories of it to keep and enjoy ... instead of being stuck with just: "Remember that long, hot trip to Phx back in '14?" Even the hot desert can be a beautiful place.
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Take I-10 and go past New Mexico into AZ via Douglas then north through Bisbee. Bisbee is south of Tucson and Phoenix, but is 15-20 degrees cooler than Phoenix. Stay there for a couple of days, as it is a very "cool" town in many ways. It's my favorite AZ town, bar none.
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The I 10 route is the shortest and fastest. The difference in heat on the other routes is going to be marginal at best.

If you cant beat the heat, make it a faster trip through the heat... If things are "normal" when you go through it wont get really really hot til you start closing in on Tucson. By the time you hit Casa Grande you will be in it big time for the next 60 miles into Phoenix. Again, if typical, the really stifling heat will be in the 100 miles between Tucson and Phoenix where the elevation is quite a bit lower than I 10 east of Tucson.

BUT - Bisbee is a cool detour. I 10 to exit 5 in New Mexico, (almost in AZ) US 80 to Rodeo NM, through Douglas, into Bisbee. When you are done in Bisbee Tombstone is about 25 miles further up US 80, and a little further up the road US 80 will combine again with I 10 in Benson.... This detour will cost you over 100 miles, and it will bring you through some desolate land between I 10 and Douglas.

I have passed over these roads many times.

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Old 06-26-2014, 06:51 AM   #10
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We travel a lot in the SW in the summer. One of our tips to beat the heat is to hit the road by first light and quit early. Particularly in an Airstream as if it really heats up, you will never get it comfortably cool if you drive until evening.
Interstate 40 is a huge detour and I-10 doesn't get really hot until you hit Tucson.
105 or so is bearable, if it gets over 110, it is uncomfortable in most air conditioned cars. If your relatives have time leeway, they should avoid traveling in a heat wave.

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