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post #1 of 35 Old 04-08-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Road Trip Dreamin'

Me n Hubby are thinking of taking a sort of impromptu road trip. We live near Seattle, but we love the desert country. We have done several fun road trips down to central and SE Oregon. Great places! love it, but it takes 7 hours driivng just to get to the start of that area!

Been thinking of flying South, then renting a car. Like . . . to Las Vegas, renting car and driving to . . . . . ? or . . Salt Lake City . . and driving to Canyon lands area . . or . .

If you were me, what would you do? We have about 10 days, max. thinking of leaving late April . . ish.

If we came your way, would you like a visit?
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post #2 of 35 Old 04-08-2019, 08:07 PM
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Will be following this thread! We just planned a similar trip for this fall. This article gave us a lot of inspiration- we have some stuff booked and other stops will be more spontaneous. I am curious to hear what suggestions you get. I've been thinking it would be fun to go riding somewhere, even if it's a touristy sort of deal- I've never really been "in" the desert, have just driven through. Anyway, I won't hijack your thread but am glad you started it
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We were originally thinking of going to New Mexico, but my cousin, who lives there, said the spring is not such a good time; too many cold and dusty windstorms. October is much better for such a trip. I lived near Santa Fe as a small child. I barely remember. If you go there, be sure to order "Sopapillas", with honey!
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post #4 of 35 Old 04-09-2019, 02:11 AM
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If you come to the Midwest I'd love for you to visit!

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post #5 of 35 Old 04-09-2019, 03:48 AM
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I vote for southern Utah's canyonland country! My boyfriend and I loved road trips and took many all over but our absolute favorite was Zion National park and all the other awesome parks in that area. I did take a mule ride in Zion cause I had never been on a mule but they have horses there too and at Bryce Canyon and probably others as well. Stayed at a hotel in Kanab as it's centrally located to a lot of the cool places and just drove out from there on day trips. We spent at least two weeks or more but that included driving--we drove from Portland over through Idaho then down into Utah. Went 5 or 6 times at different times of the year so we could see the changing scenery--each season was spectacular. In March there was still snow on the red rocks--gorgeous! In May/June you see all the pretty wildflowers. In September the fall colors are great. I could go on and on about all we did and I have tons of awesome photo's on cd's! Seriously around every corner is another postcard worthy scenic vista.

Once we hiked out to see a new arch recently discovered in Kodachrome park. In the distance there were dark clouds coming our way (ever been in a real desert storm??!) so we had to keep moving. The wind was picking up and it was getting chilly out. We did get to the arch and I took some pix then hurried back. Not far from our car was a free range, half wild pregnant cow! I started taking pix of her too while my bf was yelling at me to get in the car before she charged at us--she was already snorting and stamping her feet. Obviously we made it out ok but it sure was fun.

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post #6 of 35 Old 04-09-2019, 04:22 AM
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I second a vote for Utah, it's beautiful there.

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post #7 of 35 Old 04-09-2019, 06:37 AM
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We did a great trip like that a couple years ago. Flew into Vegas (tickets were cheap), then drove through Death Valley, to the Grand Canyon, then up to Antelope Canyon, Bryce and Zion national parks. We also went to Monument Valley, the Valley of the Gods, Canyon de Chelly, the Meteor Crater and Great Basin national park. It was basically a big loop, but I can't remember the exact order. Death Valley was amazing, as were Bryce, Zion, Monument Valley and the Valley of the Gods. Great Basin was beautiful too.
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I loved Moab and driving through that country when I hauled horses for a friend. It's gorgeous in there. Then there's the Painted Desert & Petrified Forest in AZ. Grand Canyon is amazing. If I wanted to head for the desert right now, I would go to Laughlin and stay in one of the casino holtels and rent a boat or jet skis (whatever your preference is) and head down the Colorado River exploring. Lake Mojave (Katherine's Landing) is wonderful for water skiing. We used to go every weekend and at least once a weekend would go over to Bullhead City and hop on one of the casino ferry boats and go have dinner and watch a show. I really miss that part of the desert.

Down in the Tucson area is a bunch of stuff you can do, over by Phoenix is the Superstition Mountains and you can go explore. If you like desert, AZ is where I'd go.

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With the pictures I've seen of the trails in Utah....well, I'd have to agree....the canyons of Utah are something I'd like to see....

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post #10 of 35 Old 04-09-2019, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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How long did it take to drive from LV up to Bryce or whichever of the Canyon parks is first? Is there any much touted place that you would, in hindsight, not do? I'm not wanting to go somewhere if it's SO crowded that it spoils the experience. Would it be better to fly to SLC and go south, or to LV and go north if we want to do the Canyonlands . I heard that Capitol Reef is nice, too.

and, yes, I wish I could go farther and visit more of my HF friends. IT"s truly a bucket list idea to travel and meet at least some of you.
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