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Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

Herent, Belgium
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Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

We'll be driving from North Rim Grand Canyon to Springville, CA in a one-day LONG drive this summer. Most of the drive will be on I-15.

We know it's a long stretch, so we're looking for places along the way to get out and stretch our legs - quick stops - either a quick something funny/special to see or a special place to get something to eat. Any advice is welcome!

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1. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

Assuming you mean the Springville near Porterville, CA (always good to give hints when using a little-known location). Google Maps says over 11 hours of driving. Will you do it in one day?? And you're asking about interesting places to stop? There will be lots of places, such as highway rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, etc. to stretch your legs, along I-15, Hwy 58, etc. You might stop near Tehachapi Pass to see the corkscrew train track configuration (where the tracks circle over themselves). But if you are doing this drive in one day, finding interesting places to stop will be the least of your worries.

Herent, Belgium
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2. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

Hi -just to clarify. We'll be heading to the Springville, CA near Sequoia. We're not looking for full-blown attractions, but more the world's largest ball of string type things to break the monotony :-) per google maps we're looking at 9 3/4 hours without stops. We've made similar drives in a day before, but it's good to take a few 20 minute breaks along the way and it would be cool if we have a choice of a gas station or something a bit more interesting.

Thanks for the tip on the train tracks!

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3. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

Posted in your Nevada Thread. The now defunct worlds tallest thermometer is in Baker. Its for sale if you want to buy it!

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4. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

Maybe Calico Ghost town near Barstow.

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5. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

I think Google's 9.75 hours might be a tad optimistic. Breaking the drive down into sections and looking at the mph and time per stretch...You can easily do 70 on the 15 if there's no traffic (this won't be a Sunday, right?), but some of those other roads might be slower than Google thinks.

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6. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

You don't want to see any of Route 66, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, or Death Valley National Park?

You are coming a very long way to make such an extensive drive and missing out on so much.

Herent, Belgium
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7. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

We've already been to Death Valley, Vegas and Hoover dam on previous trips, but thanks for the thought! And thankfully, we won't be traveling on a Sunday :-)

Thanks for the help!

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8. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

Zion is nice if you aren't traveling during the monsoon season. Its more than just a quick stop though and a little bit out of your way. But worth considering if you got an extra 2 days (don't go during the monsoon season).

Herent, Belgium
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9. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

Hi! We'll have spent a few days in Kanab before the Grand Canyon and hope to see Zion then. Just out of curiosity - when is monsoon season?

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10. Re: Grand Canyon North Rim to Springville

June - September. I would not worry too much about it, just keep an eye on the weather.

There can be heavy localized rain, lightning and thunder and flash flooding. Usually does not last too long.A slot canyon is the last place you want to be if rain is threatening.