Originally Posted by smacdonald
I have two weeks vacation, wife wants to see Arizona. Need any advise I can get regarding places to visit (and why), recommended camp grounds, etc. I also leaving from Toronto ON. Canada and am thinking of hooking up to route 66 on the way down just outside of Chicago. Any thoughts on that? What is a good time of year to visit AZ?
Any input helps us make a decision.
My wife & I moved from southern lower MI to AZ. I imagine Toronto weather would be very similar. We don't miss the gray skies, rain, snow, cold, high humidity, etc.
If this is a vacation, your time is probably limited to those two weeks. You may have to decide what you want to see most; parts of Route 66 or parts of Arizona. Taking highways, it is ~3,500km (~2,000mi) between Toronto and the middle of Arizona so one week or more will be on the road just getting here and back - IF you take the interstates.
Route 66 is 'broken' and doesn't exist like it once did. There are only parts of it that are intact. There are parts of it in each state along the way and some make interesting stops. If you have something specific on Rt 66 in Illinois you want to see, fine. But be aware you really can't drive long stretches of it.
When is your trip?
Arizona weather is sunny most of the year and the temperature depends A LOT on the elevation. Lower elevations are warmer year 'round than the higher elevations. Higher elevations get snow in the winter - some places get 'much too much' snow that closes roads and camping areas.
The middle of summer (about July 4 to Labor Day) is Monsoon season. Almost anywhere in AZ, in the afternoons there are clouds and a threat of heavy rain, wind, and lightning.
I could go on and on, but more specific information about your plans would help us provide better information.