Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ

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2017/12/12 09:49:00 (permalink)

Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ

Back in March we spent a week in Phoenix to catch some spring baseball and visit the Grand Canyon, and now Mrs. Chicken is suggesting we do something similar next year.  However, this time we want to drive instead of fly and would set aside about 10 days (2-1/2 days each way driving, 5 days in AZ) for the trip.
 
Option 1, via St. Louis: I-39 S, I-55 S, Friday night in St. Louis.  I-44 W, I-40 W, Saturday night in Amarillo, TX.  I-40 W, I-17 S, arrive Sedona area Sunday afternoon.
 
Option 2, via Des Moines: Friday night in Des Moines, IA.  I-35 S, US-50 W (Emporia KS), KS-61 S, US-400 W (Pratt KS), US-54 W, Saturday night in Tucumcari, NM.  I-40 W, I-17 S, arrive Sedona area Sunday afternoon.  According to Google Maps, option 2 is roughly 100 miles shorter than option 1.
 
I'm familiar with Des Moines and St. Louis so I don't need much help with them.
 
Thoughts?  I've only just begun my research but Tucumcari looks interesting...
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    JRPfeff
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 10:00:50 (permalink)
    I wrote up our drives to/from Phoenix several years ago. You can get some ideas there.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 10:50:13 (permalink)
    My wife and daughter came back in early October from a painting trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I'll ask about places to eat,although they were on a budget. I know Sedona is breathtaking!
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 12:56:07 (permalink)
    Nothing wrong with being on a budget!  We haven't picked any lodging yet but are planning on a place with a kitchen/kitchenette so that we can make our own breakfasts and lunches as much as possible.
     
    I'm leaning toward option 2 for the trip down because of Tucumcari:
    http://www.rte66motel.com/
    http://www.delsrestaurant.com/
    http://tucranchsupply.com/watsons-bbq.html
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 14:46:42 (permalink)
    But if you take Option 1 you get the Big Texan in Amarillo. Either way you get the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 16:35:20 (permalink)
    The Sedona Pizza Company makes an excellent wood-fired pizza.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 18:35:18 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman
    But if you take Option 1 you get the Big Texan in Amarillo. Either way you get the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest.

    Since we'll have a little more time going home, option 1 is still possible.  And since Amarillo is a little over 600 miles from the Flagstaff/Sedona area it could easily be our first overnight stop of the return trip.
     
    Davydd
    The Sedona Pizza Company makes an excellent wood-fired pizza.

    Good to know - thanks!
    post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2017/12/12 18:38:34
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 19:15:26 (permalink)
    Make sure In-N-Out and Whataburger are well represented on your itinerary.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 19:56:39 (permalink)
    We might have to check one out just to say we did, but there's also a New Mexico-based regional chain (AZ/NM/TX) called Blake's Lotaburger.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/12 23:19:23 (permalink)
    Option 2 is much more fun, both food wise and scenery. I used to go back and forth between Scottsdale and KC
    fairly often. I-40 is tedious and has way too many semis for my taste.
    Tucumcari is a neat place and then your just a hop skip and jump to Az.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/13 06:49:19 (permalink)
    ScreamingChicken
    Nothing wrong with being on a budget!  We haven't picked any lodging yet but are planning on a place with a kitchen/kitchenette so that we can make our own breakfasts and lunches as much as possible.
     
    I'm leaning toward option 2 for the trip down because of Tucumcari:
    http://www.rte66motel.com/
    http://www.delsrestaurant.com/
    http://tucranchsupply.com/watsons-bbq.html


    Let me know if you need help with the lodging.
     
    I stopped at a Blake's in Albuquerque.  They forgot to put the chilis on my GGC.  That was like a reaccuring theme for me.  Tasted like a Whopper. :(
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/13 08:18:04 (permalink)
    In Amarillo
    The Big Texan is a great place to stop and have a Shiner and soak in the Atmosphere. Other than that the food is
    "meh"
    I would hit the following
     
    Tyler's BBQ  for some of the best bbq this side of Lockhart
     
    Golden Light Cantina for Flagstaff (frito pie)
     
    Youngblood's Café  for a damn good CFS- I never visited Youngblood's but I did go to the owner's former restaurant, the roadfood reviewed Stockyard's Café which now has new ownership and reviews reflect the place steadily went downhill since.
     
     
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/13 08:37:57 (permalink)
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    Nothing wrong with being on a budget!  We haven't picked any lodging yet but are planning on a place with a kitchen/kitchenette so that we can make our own breakfasts and lunches as much as possible.
     
    I'm leaning toward option 2 for the trip down because of Tucumcari:
    http://www.rte66motel.com/
    http://www.delsrestaurant.com/
    http://tucranchsupply.com/watsons-bbq.html


    Let me know if you need help with the lodging.
     
    I stopped at a Blake's in Albuquerque.  They forgot to put the chilis on my GGC.  That was like a reaccuring theme for me.  Tasted like a Whopper. :(




     
    I don't remember being impressed with Blake's - it tasted like an In n Out Burger to me.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/13 10:08:53 (permalink)
    option 2 gives you some of WJ's Kansas favorites too.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/13 11:33:39 (permalink)
    Driving is March? Weather may decide your route.

    Also, maximize number of Chrysler dealers on route for access to parts/repairs.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/14 16:41:12 (permalink)
    If you want taste a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich outside its indigenous territory the Burger Boy in Cedar Crest, New Mexico has a good one. As you can guess, their name suggests hamburgers as their specialty. I only had the one sandwich so leave it to others if their green chili cheeseburger is worth a stop. 
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/14 18:24:04 (permalink)
    https://www.sedonarouge.com/reds-restaurant/
     
    My wife and daughter Highly recommend this restaurant for its food, and the beauty surrounding it. Very popular with the locals of Sedona.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/14 22:50:51 (permalink)
    My wife and I were Jerome kinda folks. Payson , Camp Verde and Prescott. Loved en all. Just hated living in Valley of the Sun the other 8 months that weren't the good 4 months as we hit our 30's. Now that I'm old I can go be a snowbird too and enjoy it. We used to hit all the spring training games. Your plans inspire me because it is Winter here all of a sudden!
    post edited by 1bbqboy - 2017/12/14 22:52:18
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/15 08:35:47 (permalink)
    I highly recommend Salsa Brave in Flagstaff(visited by the pointy Haired Guy).  They have a salsa bar with homemade salsas.  I went with the Guy recommendation, it was excellent and reasonably priced at $13.99.  You can check out the menu with priced on Yelp.
     
    • Stuffed Sopapilla (What Guy Ate) — Traditional fry bread filled with pinto beans, mixed cheeses, and your choice of carne asada, smoked chicken, or roasted pork. Cooked golden brown and topped with your choice of green chili (hot) or enchilada style (mild).
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/15 12:39:42 (permalink)
    Davydd
    If you want taste a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich outside its indigenous territory the Burger Boy in Cedar Crest, New Mexico has a good one. As you can guess, their name suggests hamburgers as their specialty. I only had the one sandwich so leave it to others if their green chili cheeseburger is worth a stop. 


    That place has been on my list for years, but still haven't made it there, yet.  I hear the green chile cheeseburger is first rate!
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/15 15:52:18 (permalink)
    Am I the only person envisioning the idea of a GCBPT?
     
    Actually, quite a bit of Burger Boy's menu looks interesting.  It's not listed but the home page shows a New Mexico red pork tamale plate that caught my eye.
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/15 16:25:03 (permalink)
    Sounds close to sacrilege, but really tasty 😋
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/16 00:37:33 (permalink)
    We enjoyed Elote Cafe in Sedona.  www.elotecafe.com..
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    Re: Madison, WI to Sedona, AZ 2017/12/16 16:20:56 (permalink)
    I like Elote's menu...elotes and smoked pork cheeks sounds like a winner!
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