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Feb 4th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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We are travelling from San Diego to Phoenix by car, is Highway 8 through Yuma safe to drive at night?
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Feb 4th, 2013, 01:50 PM
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This is not a trip report.
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Feb 4th, 2013, 01:51 PM
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Phoenix has 2 good airports. Why don't you fly there in the first place? Depending on the weather and how many economic migrants that are headed north, you should be OK but you won't want to do much in Phoenix once you drive there all night.
The other way to do it would be the #591 Amtrak Surfliner from SAN to LAX and the Sunset Limited to Yuma arriving in Yuma about 4AM and taking a taxi to the airport to rent a car there.
The problem is that the Sunset Limited only runs 3 days a week out of Los Angeles.
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Feb 4th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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We are flying to San Diego from Bellingham, WA to watch 2 softball tournaments, one in Tempe this weekend and then back to San Diego for the other tour Feb.15-17th. We wanted to drive to Tempe for the weekend, up to Sedona for a few days and back to SDSU. Just needed to know re. Highway 8 and and interesting route and food stops back from Sedona. We thought we would drive through Blythe and are open to the route south back to S.D?
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Feb 4th, 2013, 04:26 PM
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I take it that you are flying on Allegiant out of Bellingham.
Would it work to fly to Las Vegas and rent the car there and cover scattered locations? Cars are a little cheaper in LV.
The route using I-10 is only half an hour longer than the I-8 route 8 hours to Sedona vs. 7.5 hours.
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Feb 4th, 2013, 06:02 PM
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It's about a six hour drive, and Yuma is fine to drive through. If you come up I-10, you'll end up right in Tempe.

I was always more concerned that the semi-trucks could see me, more than driving through Yuma.
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Feb 4th, 2013, 07:00 PM
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So are you driving I-10 or I-8? I've done both a million times over the last 35 years. Family lives in AZ and I've lived both in LA and now San Diego. Never thought either route wouldn't be safe. They are major interstates.
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Feb 4th, 2013, 11:50 PM
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Thanks for the info.
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Feb 5th, 2013, 03:25 AM
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Neither one is an especially pretty drive - but both are well traveled/safe. Leave with a full gas tank just to be sure.

Enjoy Sedona - which we love for a few days.
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Feb 5th, 2013, 03:30 AM
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Actually - from Sedona to SD - you could drive through historic Jerome - which is in the hills. http://tinyurl.com/a5o3pau

That makes for a little longer trip - but is more interesting for the first couple of hours - and then it too morphs into the low/flat desert.
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Feb 5th, 2013, 12:13 PM
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Thanks for your replies.
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Feb 5th, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Interstate is perfectly safe.

Anza Borrego State Park isn't too far out of the way. I liked it but you might get enough desert scenery without making a stop there.

Sedona is not far from the Grand Canyon, certainly you should drive up there if you haven't seen it before. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a bit southwest of Phoenix and very nice.
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Feb 7th, 2013, 08:33 AM
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My sister drives this route at least twice a week. Never a problem
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