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Mexican Hat to San Diego

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Mexican Hat to San Diego

Hello, we will be driving from Mexican Hat to San Diego in early September and are looking to take it easy and have an overnight stop. Can anyone recommend a scenic/interesting route with a nice place to rest our heads at the half way point?

We prefer quiet and small to big city.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Mexican Hat to San Diego

Here's an idea but I expect other posters will come up with superior suggestions for you.

Day 1: Mexican Hat > Kayenta > Tuba City > Flagstaff > I-40 West > AZ89 South > Prescott > Wickenburg (about 355 miles; AZ89 between Prescott and Wickenburg is scenic but slow)

Day 2: Wickenburg > US60 West > I-10 West > Blythe > CA78 South > El Centro > I-8 West > San Diego (about 330 miles; alternatively you could use US95 to get from I-10 to I-8, which judging by the map looks like it might be a faster road)

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2. Re: Mexican Hat to San Diego

From the "Hat" drop down to the 160. Drive the 89 into Flagstaff for lunch. Following the very scenic 89a passing Sedona and Jerome plan a overnight in Prescott ... In the AM, continue down the "hill" to the 71/60/I-10 to Blythe. South then, on the 78, into El Centro & the scenic I-8 into San Diego ... happy trails ... carracar

Edited: 8:13 am, June 04, 2014
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3. Re: Mexican Hat to San Diego

Not sure you can say "Mexican" Hat any more, I am sure they will change it to Latino Hat or Hispanic Hat any day now.....

I'd go with the 89 into Prescott, stay the night there and then the next day take the 60/62 through Joshua Tree NP and on to San Diego.

http://goo.gl/maps/YQwn5

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4. Re: Mexican Hat to San Diego

Have you already been to Grand Canyon NP? If not I'd make that my first concern.

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5. Re: Mexican Hat to San Diego

Many thanks for the suggestions. I will have a detailed look at each one.

Tet14, hopefully, we will have visited the Grand Canyon already.

Thanks again all

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6. Re: Mexican Hat to San Diego

I suggest the route provided by Carracar. You don't have to drive into Brawley but take 111 just east of it to I8 and you'll also don't have to drive through El Centro other than via interstate. 78 is a very scenic drive. make sure you'll have a stop at Imperial Sanddunes at Osborne overlook. You are not allowed to stop along the roadside on that stretch.

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7. Re: Mexican Hat to San Diego

The dunes off 78 are interesting to see.Should be quiet out there is September.Stop at Osborne like Tet says.Pics

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Once you climb out of the desert on Hwy 8, you can stop at the InKoPah Tower with views of the desert.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9178

There is a gravity hill right near that. Also one in La Jolla, but this one is better!

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/10884

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