What is the best route to drive from Michigan to Arizona?

What is the best way to drive from Michigan to Arizona? I love the mitten but the weather is *not* doing it for me. I need sunshine!

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Answer provided by
Pat Roache
Answered on May 20, 2022
And sunshine you shall get! The best route from Michigan to Arizona covers about 1,900 miles and can take upwards of 30 hours behind the wheel. Your route may vary based on your specific origin and destination, but here’s the basic gist:
  • Make your way to I-94 W to exit Michigan.
  • Use I-294 W and I-80 W to transfer to I-55 S in Illinois
  • Continue into Missouri where I-55 S becomes I-44 W
  • Take the westbound John Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City to transfer to I-40 W.
  • Take I-40 W into Arizona!
That’s a long drive, so make sure to plan some stops along the way! You should also consider adding towing and labor coverage to your car insurance policy for a little extra peace of mind.
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