road trip, phoenix to monterey, ca

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  1. Edward 96GTS

    Edward 96GTS F1 Rookie
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    Nov 1, 2003
    picking up daughter from college and driving from phoenix to monterey. plan on spending 4-5 days on the road.
    what are the must see places, where to stay and eat? some hiking(tho it may be too hot).
    best route back to monterey?
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  3. CSX55

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    Mar 30, 2021
    Tucson, AZ
    If you want to stay in Phoenix,

    Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain (great photo op at the top)
    Hidden Valley/Mormon Trail on South Mountain (a tad bit more technical)

    Buttttttt, if you're up for some higher elevations and lower temps, I highly recommend heading northward a bit to Sedona and/or Flagstaff.

    Sedona hikes -
    Flagstaff hikes -

    The FlagX adventure course and/or ziplines are also quite fun -
    You could still get to Monterey via Las Vegas with a trip through Death Valley or just take I-15 to Bakersfield if you want a more traffic'd route back home.
  4. TTR

    TTR F1 Rookie
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    Riverside, CA
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    Any scenic route that doesn’t include “conveyor belts”, a.k.a. Freeways or Interstates, is always more much interesting, especially if driving something cool/vintage, like a Daytona (hint, hint, unless M-A joins you two).

    No rec’s for scenic hikes or places to see in AZ, but California Sierras, especially off 395 has more than plenty.
    Fossil Falls, Whitney Portal, Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest , Mammoth, June Lake Loop, Mono Lake, Bodie (Ghost Town), along with Death Valley and Yosemite, etc comes to mind.

    Enjoy !
  5. Edward 96GTS

    Edward 96GTS F1 Rookie
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    Nov 1, 2003
    where is a nice place to stay in tempe/scottsdale? just two nights required to load up the college stuff. moderately priced. last time we were there we stayed at the camelback inn very nice but too nice for just two nights.
    could also use recommendations at sedona, zion and las vegas. these can be nice places with amenities.
    always appreciates restaurant suggestions too.

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    Mar 23, 2004
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    Enchantment in Sedona is fantastic, plus, it is really close to one of our absolute favorite restaurants up there Dahl & DiLuca (
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  8. enio45

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    May 16, 2004
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    l'auberge is equal to enchantment - closer to this time all places of this caliber will be 600 or so a night

    restaurants - may excellent ones in sedona........Mariposa, dahl and diluca.....rene's, hudsons, coffee pot for breakfast - home of the 101 omelets
  9. PA32Pilot

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    Jamie Kirk
    Hike Baldy in Upland on your way back

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