Friday, November 30, 2012

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-40 in California

Interstate 40's time in California is spent entirely in the Mojave Desert. The cities of Needles, Ludlow and Barstow are connected by this interstate. Accommodations are scarce along this highway, so plan to stay in Needles or Barstow if necessary. Attractions in addition to the beautiful Mojave Desert include the Mitchell Caverns State Reserve, Amboy Crater, the Calico Mountains and Lake Havasu which is located near I-40 on the Arizona/California state line.

Be aware that all motorists will be stopped at a California Border Inspection Station when they enter California and will be inspected to make sure they are not bringing unwanted plants into the state. The Mojave Desert is an amazingly beautiful, yet desolate area. In driving through the desert, travelers should always make sure to have a full tank of gas and food and drink. In addition, they should prepare for hot weather during the day and cold weather at night.

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 early morning rush hour traffic.

(Photo of Mojave Desert taken in 2011)
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