Driving from MI to Arizona , looking for advice on where to stay half way there which would be in Ok, dont want 2 b far from interstate.?

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  • 2 months ago

    Given the vagueness of your endpoints of this trip, I'll say anywhere between Tulsa and Oklahoma City should be adequate.  Of course, if I were making this trip, I'd plan on at least 3 days on the road with stops in St. Louis and Amarillo.

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  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    MI to AZ is pretty vague. Northeastern Michigan to Yuma is probably an extra day of driving verus southeastern Michigan to the Four Corners region.

    Either way, two days is insane for one driver. See what Google maps says for driving time, and then add a few hours onto that for bathroom breaks, meals, and gas stops. 12 hours a day is probably the high end of reasonable.

    As someone else mentioned, try to pick a hotel group (IHG, Hilton, Choice, Wyndham, etc) so that you can rack up points. Most decent sized towns along the interstates have at least a couple hotels. Try to get the ones with breakfast. Whenever I do roadtrips, I prefer to stay in the smaller towns, as the hotels are usually right off the exit ramp and the rates are usually lower than in major cities.

    Before you book, read reviews on the some combination of the hotels website, Expedia, Travelocity, and/or Trip Advisor, but keep in mind that people that had a good experience tend to forget to post good comments, but people with bad experiences make sure they post comments.

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  • 8 months ago

    You don't say where in MI to where in AZ, but reality is the trip is about > 40 hours < in the car. You need to divide the trip at least into thirds. For example, Springfield, MO is about 1/3 of the way if you take I-40 (recommended) and then stop somewhere about 100 miles west of Amarillo, TX such as Tucumcari, NM. There are numerous major-chain hotels in Springfield, MO next to I-40 and at least two next to I-40 in Tucumcari, NM.

    Know how to change a flat tire by doing it.

    Decide on a hotel chain, such as Best Western or Days Inn, and join their frequent guest program. There are benefits even if you don't expect to be a frequent guest. Make reservations and print the reservations.


    1. Have your car inspected by a real mechanic who knows you are going to drive to AZ and back in the summer. Consider renting a car if there is a chance your car won't make it or that the a/c might not work for the whole trip..

    2. Get a car charger for your phone if you don't already have one.

    3. Get the WAZE gps navigation app for your phone as it shows things like accidents and traffic jams in real time.

    4. The recommended route is I-40 and there will be gas stations all along its length. Just stop for gas whenever your car gets to 1/2 tank and fill up.

    5. Your insurance, phone, or a credit card may already give you road service. Check. If no then join AAA even if you don't plan to renew your membership. .

    6. You are going to the American SW during summer. You are not going into the wilderness if you stay close to I-40 but do keep some cold drinks and snacks in the car in case you get stuck in a traffic jam.

    7. Ensure your driving license, license plate(s) & registration, proof of insurance, and inspection sticker (if MI issues them) will be current & valid for the whole trip.

    8. Finally, when you are on the Interstate then stay in the right lane unless are actually passing another vehicle and set your cruise control on 65. Going 65 instead of 70 will save fuel and also probably save you from a ticket if the speed limit drops from 70 to 60 and you don't notice.

    I hope you have a great trip!

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  • 8 months ago

    You think you're going to drive that far in two days? Google maps gives it as a 30 hour drive from Detroit to Phoenix, and it usually underestimates. If it's just you driving, doing that is asking for trouble because you'll get overtired.

    Even 3 days for that trip is a bit tough if you're not used to long distance driving.

    In any city, medium and large ones for sure and even most small ones, there are motels next to the interstates on both ends of the place. There are highway signs telling you you'll find accommodation at the next exit, and often which motels it is. You can often see the motel signs from the highway.

    Motel 6 is almost everywhere. They're cheap and I've found them to be clean. Their website will give a list of locations. LaQuinta is good too. You ought to find at least one of those in a place of any size.

    Or you google the name of the town followed by 'motels' and there'll be a list of them

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  • 8 months ago

    Sandra you have a small tank 11 gallons. there is no reason you must wait until near empty to get more gas.

    You should be stopping about every three hours for a break.in particular a toilet.

    At the stop you add some gas.

    Do not worry about getting the cheapest possible price at every stop and every gallon.

    Yes there are places where you might go fifty a hundred miles to next station. Add a gallon or two if your objective is the cheapo gas place.

    Gas buddy can help you out with that.

    AAA membership for just in case. Costs nothing to check out their package of roadside help. Free Maps. Free Guide books, Discounts for stuff along the way.

    As many of these places do not have a lot of rooms they can be full and the next one is long drive an hour or two.

    Have your place to sleep confirmed by about 5:00 PM at your dinner stop.Earlier is better. You should know how far you can reasonably want to drive after dinner before you sleep.

    As you are just driving through not much point going any distance from the Interstate it just adds to your travel time.

    AAA members get a list of inspected places and their rates. They will even help you plan your route.it is part of being a member.

    great you are the miracle can drive unending hours about 14 to get halfway add some stops for gas food and toilets about 17-18 hours. If two drivers not so bad.

    One driver not a good idea. Plan TWO stops.

    You have the time from google map at top speed no delays, no construction, no traffic, no stops.

    In the real world most will take longer time

    If you want many online guides for Truck stops. The rooms at them are usually for truckers only.

    Private Hotels often nearby.


    Stop for fuel near the halfway full mark and you will have lots of gas to next station.

    Add a gallon or two when you stop to eat or use the toilet.No need to ever run near empty.

    In wilds of the west there are places with no cell phone service. Generally most of the interstate has it. Depends your company and it can fade in and out over hills in the valley around the corner.

    If you are really concerned about running out. You could get a Jerry can for extra gas. Not really necessary.

    A reliable list.


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  • Ann
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Get a Rand McNally Road Atlas (at Staples), and plan out your route. There are usually good reasonable motels and eating places on the interstates. OK is generally a pretty safe state, so you would be okay staying at almost any decent place like a Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, or a La Quinta. They all have restaurants where you can get breakfast, and they're clean. When you go over the state line, there are welcome centers where you can get coupon books for some motels and other activities. Keep your gas tank full and your tires checked. There might be some long stretches in between gas stations. Travel along where the truckers are. They're good to help people.

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    • DEBS
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      If you're in an area that doesn't have a lot of services (or you aren't sure), then start looking for gas when you hit half a tank. You can push it further and be fine, but when it gets down below a quarter tank with nothing in sight it's gets a little nerve racking.

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  • 8 months ago

    awesome i did forget about the welcome centers, thank you. I just dont want to be in a bad area alone as ive never made this trip.

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  • 8 months ago

    Most Interstate interchanges tend to have motels close to them, and you can often find deals on stays at such motels either online or in coupon books that are available at many state welcome centers.

    Just go to Expedia or Trivago, and look up some motels along your route in OK.

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