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Flagstaff - best driving route??

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Flagstaff - best driving route??

We are driving from Durango, CO to Tuscan, AZ and would like to spend the night halfway. We were thinking about Flagstaff. Does anyone have a suggestion for the best route and somewhere unique to stay? Thank you

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1. Re: Flagstaff - best driving route??

Hi Susan and welcome to the forum! In Flagstaff there are some top rated B&BS , my favorite being the 100 yr old The England House, also Little America hotel, set in the tall pines off I-40. It's a long drive from Durango to Flag, England House offers an open kitchen for snacks and there is on site dining at LA. On your next day on your way south, drive through Oak Creek Canyon and get a look at the red rock scenery of Sedona.

Edited: 11:04 am, September 08, 2013
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2. Re: Flagstaff - best driving route??

Another route which will take you south that has some interesting stops along the way:

From Durango south to Farmington NM, then further south to Gallup NM. Good stop for lunch and some shopping at Richardson's Pawn. Then west on I40 to Winslow AZ, stopping to see Petrified Forest Nat Park and stay at the La Posada Hotel, an old Harvey House hotel. Beautiful gardens, rooms and wonderful food at the Turquoise Room. From Winslow you can then head toward Phoenix and on to Tucson.

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3. Re: Flagstaff - best driving route??

Where is Tuscan, exactly?

Mapquest will route you on I-40 - I-17 - I-10, but this adds close to 80 miles and puts you right through Phoenix, and you should always avoid driving through Phoenix unless you have to go there for some reason.

I've done that drive a couple of times, and will try to keep it interesting by taking US 491 to Gallup, then I-40 to US 191 south to AZ 61 to US 60 to AZ 77. It's a very pretty drive. An alternative to that is to take I-40 to Holbrook and then AZ 77 south. I prefer the other route just because it's a little more pleasant. http://mapq.st/1auLVTn

For a halfway overnight, consider Gallup or Show Low.

A potential side trip - something that I do just to avoid the interstate - is to follow US 491 past Gallup as it turns into NM 602, then turn west onto NM 53. That takes you right through the Zuni Pueblo. If you're interested in turquoise, quartz, etc., it's not a bad place to buy it.

Good luck.

Edited: 5:13 pm, September 08, 2013
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4. Re: Flagstaff - best driving route??

Welcome to the TA ... As a former Durango resident... I'll endorse #3's alternatives ... Show Low AZ. would make the most sense for a overnight stopover ... The AIRBnB site might turn up a interesting alternative to roadside lodging there ... carracar

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