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* Take AZ-66 (a part of the historic [[Route 66]]) at [[Seligman]]
* Take AZ-66 (a part of the historic [[Route 66]]) at [[Seligman]]
* Stops at [[Seligman]], [[Huckberry]]
* Stops at [[Seligman]], [[Huckberry]]
* Return to I-40 at [[Kingman[[, turn north almost immediately onto Highway 93
* Return to I-40 at [[Kingman]], turn north almost immediately onto Highway 93
* Stop at [[Chloride]]
* Stop at [[Chloride]]
* North along Highway 93 to [[Hoover Dam]]
* North along Highway 93 to [[Hoover Dam]]

Revision as of 22:57, 26 April 2007

This article is an itinerary.

A meandering drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas, stopping at attractions including Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.


It's only 300 miles from Phoenix to Vegas, and the distance between the two along the shortest line could easily be covered in a day. However, the number of sights and the sheer variety of scenery along and around this route is simply staggering, and a leisurely drive gives an excellent introduction to America's Southwest.


Get in

Both Phoenix and Las Vegas are major transport hubs accessible by plane from all over the United States. Cars can easily be rented at either, and you can usually negotiate a free drop-off at the other end.


Day 1: Phoenix to Flagstaff

~140 miles

  • Explore Phoenix in the morning
  • I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon exit
  • West onto SR 179 to Sedona
  • SR 89a to Flagstaff
  • Overnight at Flagstaff

Flagstaff has a better range of accommodation and nightlife, but if you want to drive a little more today and a little less tomorrow, consider continuing on to Sunset Crater and Wupatki and overnighting at Cameron or Tuba City instead.

Day 2: Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon via Monument Valley

~350 miles

  • Route 89 north
  • Detour to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Wupatki National Monument (open from 9 AM in winter, 8 AM in summer)
  • East to Route 160, stop at Tuba City
  • North at Kayenta onto Route 163 and Monument Valley
  • Backtrack along Route 163, 160, 89 to Cameron
  • West on AZ-64 to Grand Canyon in time for sunset at Desert View (East Rim)
  • Overnight at Grand Canyon Village or Tusayan

Day 3: Grand Canyon

  • Full day for exploring the Canyon (or two days if you're planning to hike it)
  • Overnight at Tusayan or Williams

Day 4: Grand Canyon to Las Vegas

277 miles

Stay safe

Much of the route is in desert areas where summer heat can be fearsome and gas stations are few and far between. Take plenty of water, and fill up your tank before heading off the Interstates.

Get out

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