Friday, November 23, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-40 in Arizona

The Tepees in Petrified Forest National Park i...
The Tepees in Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona, United States. View is toward the northwest from the main park road. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 40, which travels across the northern section of Arizona, offers a wide variety of amazing scenery from deserts to mountains. Cities linked by this highway include Holbrook, Flagstaff and Kingman. Keep in mind that cities with a variety of good hotel choices can be separated by great distances. I-40 intersects I-17 in Flagstaff and that city offers the best selection of hotels along this interstate in Arizona. North of this intersection is where I like to stay.

Arizona has shut down some of its rest areas.  In particular, the rest area west of Flagstaff is closed. My favorite place for gas on this stretch is Exit 9, which is the exit for Lake Havasu. I like to fill up the tank before I enter California and the Mojave Desert. Some of the beautiful attractions along this route include the Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater, the Walnut Canyon National Monument, Lake Havasu and the Grand Canyon National Park.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with the early morning rush hour traffic.
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