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Where and why are there metric road signs in Arizona?

That photo looks like I-19 in Arizona, America's only metric road (more from Atlas Obscura). Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act in 1975, the last time the US had a serious metric system push, ...
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Where is/was this possibly defunct hotel in Arizona that I visited in '99 located?

That building is now the headquarters for the Phoenix Dream Center, a non-profit organization "committed to stopping human trafficking, educating tomorrow's leaders, and ending childhood hunger&...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

Saguaro cactus are native specifically to the Sonoran desert. This photo outlines where the Sonoran desert is located. According to this TripAdvisor thread, you will not see them 20 minutes north of ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

You can find Saguaro in South Mountain Park on the south side of Phoenix. Here's a screenshot from Google Street View showing a couple:
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Is there public access to the Meteor Crater in Arizona?

The company that owns the crater notes that there are guided rim walks and a few separate lookout points from which you can see the crater. However, it doesn't appear to be possible to walk around on ...
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Options for passes to national parks in Arizona/Utah for 5 people travelling in one car

You want 1 America the Beautiful Pass. (I don't think there is any such thing as a "US Parks Pass". Your link, usparkpass.com, is just a third-party site selling the same America the ...
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Is there public access to the Meteor Crater in Arizona?

It's not public in the sense that you can just walk there wherever you want. The crater is owned by a private company, which operates a visitor center and guided tours for a fee. It looks on Google ...
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Can you travel on state highways through Navajo Nation land during the time of Covid restrictions?

Local news from August indicates that county, state and federal highways aren't included in the road closure order. The resolution closes Navajo-owned and maintained roads, about 5,000 miles, to ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

Your segment from Palm Springs to Phoenix will probably be along I-10, which passes through Blythe at the Colorado River between Yuma and Lake Havasu City. There will be scattered saguaro all along ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

Leaving the Phoenix area to the east along Highway 60, there are many many Saguaro between Apache Junction and Superior. Leaving the Phoenix area to the south along the I-10, once you leave the ...
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Where and why are there metric road signs in Arizona?

Appears as though it was a timing situation when it was built, during a brief law change. Gizmodo has an article on it: That made sense in 1980, when I-19's signs first went up and when US was ...
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Question on minimum age for rental cars in USA

Unfortunately, yes, you will have problems with most large rental car companies. Accident risks for young drivers are significantly higher, so they either avoid the risk completely, or charge an arm ...
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Cheapest way to get from Tucson, AZ to Boulder, CO?

I am guessing you are searching for flights from Tucson (TUS) to Denver (DEN), but you can get much cheaper flights from Phoenix (PHX). I'm seeing round-trip fares PHX-DEN-PHX of $112 (Spirit ...
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Can you travel on state highways through Navajo Nation land during the time of Covid restrictions?

I crossed the Navajo Nation back in June. At that time, the curfew was only in effect at night. I did not try to cross during it. There was no problem driving on 98, 160 or 163. The only road block I ...
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Cheapest way to get from Tucson, AZ to Boulder, CO?

On Greyhound I can find one way tickets from Tucson to Denver for 99$. It takes less than 24 hours and has a transfer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Boulder is in the Denver metropolitan area, so ...
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Is there public access to the Meteor Crater in Arizona?

No there isn't. The entry price is 18 $ and there is no other way to visit the crater.
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How should I prepare for potential flooding in Utah and Arizona?

If you're in a canyon or gully and it starts raining hard (> 5 mins), get to higher ground ASAP. This should be obivous, but perhaps not. Most serious trouble from flash flooding come from people ...
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Is Grand Canyon Rim Trail longer than 5.4 mi?

The hike described on alltrails is only one section of the Rim Trail described in the NPS document. Inspecting the alltrails map, their hike starts at the point that NPS calls "Village Route Transfer"...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

This isn't answering exactly what you asked, but if you are travelling through Palm Springs, and interested in the unique flora of the American southwest, you should make a side trip to Joshua Tree ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

The drive on I-17 between Sedona and Phoenix has wonderful views of saguaros from a car, but not places to hike among them. You should definitely stop at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix; they ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

There is also Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden 10 miles away from downtown Las Vegas. According to the pictures from Google Maps, there are some big cacti there (I don't know whether they are Saguaro ...
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Options for passes to national parks in Arizona/Utah for 5 people travelling in one car

It looks like all the options are annual. The guidance for pass use states: What does the Annual Pass cover? The Annual Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-...
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Getting tickets to Antelope Canyon

The statement that the cited website is the official website for Antelope Canyon tours is false. I found a list of companies which offer tours to Antelope Canyon (note that the prices listed in the ...
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Cheapest way to get from Tucson, AZ to Boulder, CO?

Given your scheduling, one option is to drive. Google Maps shows it as a 13 to 13.5 hour drive, all on major highways (i.e. no questionable remote back roads involved). Both Orbitz and Expedia suggest ...
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Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, Antelope and Zion in two days

It's technically feasible but unless you want to spend all you time driving with only time to take a picture at each location, maybe drop one. Antelope and Zion are quite far from Las Vegas and would ...
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Self guided backcountry Monument Valley tour in a car like Outback?

You can drive the loop in Monument Valley with that car with no problem. I saw also smaller and lower cars driving the loop with no issue. The initial part is quite bumpy but if you drive carefully ...
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Where and why are there metric road signs in Arizona?

I'm willing to bet that this sign is from a place close to the Mexican border. I live in San Diego, CA, a city close to the Mexican border, and I've seen a few road signs in my area with metric units (...
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Eco-driving betweeen Phoenix and Austin through Albuquerque

There is no single easy way to do this. You will have to construct routes yourself, although websites like Google Maps are certainly going to be useful. (You can use Street View to glean speed ...
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Antelope Canyon - Do I need to purchase a tour? How to avoid crowds and take good pictures in Antelope Canyon?

They all go in the same quarter mile of canyon, simultaneously. So the only differences are the seating space on the five minute ride, and what you pay. It is typically badly crowded, sometimes you ...
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Cheapest way to get from Tucson, AZ to Boulder, CO?

As others have mentioned flying can be equally cheap as taking the bus or train on a journey of this length, depending on the time of booking, and if you're traveling round-trip. Driving is likely a ...
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