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Mar 9, 2009 11:08 AM

Driving from Tucson to Santa Clara, CA

I have to drive some furniture from our place in Tucson to our other place in Santa Clara CA. I hope to leave Tucson early Friday morning towards Phoenix, then go west on 10 to 210 to 5, and since I've never driven this route before, am not sure where I'll be or when. My friends tell me I should stop overnight around Palm Springs, since I'm driving alone. If you can suggest any good eats between Tucson and Palm Springs, I'd be grateful. I'll post my question on the CA board for the second half of my trip. TIA!

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  1. Between Tucson and Palm Springs, you are looking pretty much at eating in the Phoenix metro area or in Blythe, CA (halfway along the 4-hour trip between Phoenix and Palm Springs).

    In the case of Phoenix metro area, you'll want to narrow down the possibilities us (price, cuisine, location, yadda yadda yadda). In the case of Blythe, you might need to tell poeple what's minimally acceptable.

    My pick for a cheap quick stop near I-10 in central Phx would be the food court in the Ranch Market for Mexican breakfast or early lunch.

    Two non-chow considerations:
    1) If you leave Tucson before 7:00 or 7:30 you might run into a bit of rush hour traffic on I-10 between Chandler and central Phx. So, be prepared.

    2) I would guess that if you do manage to leave early and drive more or less at the posted speed limit, you will make it to Palm Springs pretty early in the afternoon, so you might consider pushing on to a destination somewhere toward the west end of the 210 (e.g., Arcadia, Pasadena). That is, unless you are especially interested in taking in the sights and soaking up the scene of the Desert Cities area.

    Phoenix Ranch Market III
    1602 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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    1. re: hohokam

      Tucson to Phoenix will take less than two hours and Phoenix to Palm Springs will take about four, with some time spent getting through Phoenix. If it was me I'd pack a great picnic basket full of finger snacks and stop in Phoenix and Blythe (which has a Starbucks) for drinks. Blythe is really, really not much and there's nothing else until you're within a half hour of Palm Springs.

      I concur re: Ranch Market and, as well, thought you might want to press on on your first day out. If Palm Springs is a destination, great; otherwise, it's a bit of a drive off I-10.