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Bonnie63 351 60 March 14, 2016 at 04:16 PM
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A good friend moved to Yuma Arizona which apparently is about as close to being out of the US as one can get.

I'm looking at flights and seeing as I'll need to drive at least 2 hours from any major airport I'm looking for suggestions on the easiest airport to fly into and then drive to Yuma.

I live in the city but hate driving in it so freeway driving is a good place to start.

Appreciate all your suggestions.

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Bonnie,
I don't know how much help this is going to be, but my husbands best friend from childhood lives in Yuma. He told my hubby San diego or Phoenix airport, then drive on in. Or, depending where you are flying out of, you can check skyscanner.com and may be able to find a flight with one stop from your nearest city. I found Indianapolis to Yuma with a stop in Phoenix next month for $445.00 direct to Yuma.

Unfortunately neither of the airports other than Yuma are easy to get in and out of since they are pretty busy. Personally! San Diego is on my bucket list, so that's where I'd fly into, then drive on to Yuma. Sorry couldn't help much more than that.

Have a safe trip and be prepared to be HOT if you go in the summer!Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)




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A good friend moved to Yuma Arizona which apparently is about as close to being out of the US as one can get.

I'm looking at flights and seeing as I'll need to drive at least 2 hours from any major airport I'm looking for suggestions on the easiest airport to fly into and then drive to Yuma.

I live in the city but hate driving in it so freeway driving is a good place to start.

Appreciate all your suggestions.
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Bonnie it's hot out here already Smilie I'm in Phx and I would much rather drive from Phx than San Diego; traffic here is much easier than CA.

Leaving the Phx airport you just go East on the 1-10 towards Casa Grande & hop on I-8. It's about 2-3 hours. Not much in the way of scenery from either city honestly.
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It's easy to connect in Phoenix and fly into Yuma, if you book with your main flight, it's not a lot more expensive.

That said, the scenery driving from San Diego is much more interesting - in 175 miles, you go from sea level to 4500 feet elevation, to below sea level in the Imperial Valley, and through the Imperial Sand Dunes - film location for a century, including for the sand barge scenes in Return of the Jedi.
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To all desiring to go to Arizona, this is a necessary and important subject for consideration.

There are two routes by public conveyance from San Francisco, one by steamer from San Francisco to either San Pedro, Santa Monica, or San Diego. If by Santa Monica or San Pedro, from both those points the Southern Pacific Railroad will be taken at Los Angeles, from fifteen to twenty miles from those ports, and thence by that railroad either to Yuma, to which point the railroad will be completed before the first of July of the present year, or to the nearest point on the Colorado to Ehrenburg, which will be less than 100 miles. By the route to Yuma one can there take the stage of the Southern Pacific Mail Line to Maricopa Wells, Florence, Tucson, and all points in Southern Arizona, connecting at Maricopa Wells with a stage route to Phœnix, and thence by the California and Arizona Stage Company to Wickenburg, Prescott, and all points in the central and northern parts of the Territory. On the Colorado Desert, at


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the nearest point to Ehrenburg, the California and Arizona Stage Company connect with the railroad semi-weekly, and will soon make daily connections, crossing the Colorado River at Ehrenburg, and thence running to Wickenburg, Prescott, and all intermediate points. At Wickenburg a branch line runs to Phœnix and Florence, at the latter point connecting with the Southern Pacific Mail Line, and at Phœnix with stage lines to Camp McDowell east, and with Maricopa Wells southwest.

Those desiring to visit the beautiful town and harbor of San Diego, go to that point by steamer from San Francisco, and thence by stage on the Southern Pacific Mail Line to Yuma, and thence by the same line to other points as before designated.

The distance by stage from San Diego to Yuma is 200 miles, from Yuma to Maricopa Wells 183, to Florence 237, to Tucson 300, and to Apache Pass 425 miles.

© Arizona Board of Regents

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This is old info. You might try Amtrak.
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Booked my flight to visit Yuma and flying into Phoenix direct from Boston. Friend is going to drive up and we'll stay the night in Phoenix before heading down to Yuma.

Any hotel suggestions for the one night stay? The prices I'm seeing are all over the place. I don't need anything fancy. Just a clean room with two beds and a bathroom.
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