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21. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 5y

I've done (train) Winnipeg - Churchill.
(by car) Winnipeg to South Dakota and Thunder Bay to Vancouver on Highway1, came back via Edmonton.
(by boat) I've done a trip across Lake Superior.
(by plane) I've flown from Halifax to Vancouver.
the best trip? A close call - but I think the drive.

22. Posted by heyyo01 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

ok this is rough ...

1. Grand Escalante National Monument , Utah . Solitude , Petroglyhs to view , oh yes , the colors - and the formations . Sandstone is so much fun. ,The Burr Trail . Did I mention solitude .

2. Big Bend National Park , TX . Definitely off the beaten path , huge park that only gets 400K visitors . Lots of backcountry roads and trails . More Petroglyphs to view . A legend states that God dumped all the leftover rocks here after completing the World . Rugged country . Yes ,Texas has Mountains , Down here they are the Chisos , around 7000 ft . The area around the Park is a state park / preserve so there is a Massive chunk of land to explore .

3. Yellowstone National Park , WY , MT . I know about the crowds , I've worked there inside the Park . But there is a good reason this was the 1st Park in the World . Two million acres of spewing rocks , boiling rivers , unending forests . The bison/wolf show at Hayden Valley , Backcountry bliss . ...

4. Whittington ,Apache Kid , Aldo Leopold , and Gila Wilderness Areas, NM . String these little used wonders together in to one trip or segments . Did I mention solitude . Incredible hiking w/o the crowds in the Southwest .

5. Frank Church Wilderness , ID . Good old Frank fought for our environment back in the 60's & 70's as a US Senator . This country offers so much , but no crowds . Idaho receives the tourist onslaught like other Rocky Mtn escapes , but I can always find a new gem .

I live in Colorado , very majestic here in the Rockies , however the Backcountry is always full of people like me . Even way back in the sticks . So I run to other States usually .

23. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 5y

Decided to ask my wife her opinion (to get a variety of answers) and she immediately showed my bias by adding places in Mexico and the Carribean to my limited US/Canada list:

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico
2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
3. Orlando, FL
4. Maui
5. (tie) Las Vegas, NV
5. (tie) Huntington Beach, CA (a former home of ours)

Note that she picked all spots with a beach or nice pools.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jan-2011, at 16:32 by Calcruzer ]

24. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

Yeah I did notice that Cal, LOL. Orlando? For Disney World I can assume? Not to pass judgment on anyone's list but from what I remember of Orlando it was a series of waffle houses. Peurto Rico may be my next destination, always been fascinated by that place.

I've never really had much interest in Vegas, one of those place I've always felt you should see once just to see it but that was about it for me. I'm not much of a gambler, not that I'm against it just that I'm too cheap to blow $500 on the blackjack table because it's the "thing to do". But Vegas appears on a lot of people's list, including my brother and he's the last guy I would think would like Vagas. So obviously I need to be more informed.

Thank you for your list heyyo (clever name by the way). Gotta admit your list had 4 places I had never heard of. Totally agree on Yellowstone, all those people go there for a reason.

25. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 5y

Yep, Yellowstone is fantastic. Last year I was there around half May or just a little later, which was a perfect time, as crowds were almost non-existent (unless a grizzly or black bear with cubs were spotted, but even then it was not that bad), there was still some snow and ice (nice landscapes) but most accommodation was open (we stayed just across the border in Montana anyway: more choice and better prices), and only one road was closed.

After my pleasant trip last year, I am planning on doing another trip this year. As it willl probably be mid-April to mid-May I will definately stay in the southern half. I might just ask you for advice here, keeping the thread alive as well...;)
Basically these are the questions:
1. Would you go for a 3-week trip from Dallas/Houston to LA and a week in Hawaii, or do a 4-week trip from LA to Miami.
2. In case of the latter: is 4 weeks pushing it too much (don't want to see everything, but focus on certain places of course, and the driving is as much fun for me as visiting all sorts of places!).
3. In case of the combi with Hawaii: would you consider a week on the Big Island, or a week Maui, with daytrips to Molokai and Lanai?
4. Any specific places in Texas and New Mexico you would recommend?

Thanks!
Michael.

26. Posted by heyyo01 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

A month trip across the southern US seems your best bet in my view . Just because a wk in Hawaii isn't enough .

New Mexico : White Sands Nat'l Mon (camp @ oliver lee state park , great views ) , Three Rivers Petroglyphs ( over 10,000 ) , The Valle Vidal (pristine mtn park like setting) , Santa Fe & Taos , Gila Wilderness . It is the land of Enchantment . oh yes ,Carlsbad Caverns .

Texas : Austin , Big Bend , Fort Davis & Alpine . Guadulupe Mtns (isolated trails) - & miles and miles of wide open highway .

Border Area violence is a reality , and it has reached the US . A day trip across the Border can be fun - but alertness is a must

27. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 5y

Quoting heyyo01

A month trip across the southern US seems your best bet in my view . Just because a wk in Hawaii isn't enough .

New Mexico : White Sands Nat'l Mon (camp @ oliver lee state park , great views ) , Three Rivers Petroglyphs ( over 10,000 ) , The Valle Vidal (pristine mtn park like setting) , Santa Fe & Taos , Gila Wilderness . It is the land of Enchantment . oh yes ,Carlsbad Caverns .

Texas : Austin , Big Bend , Fort Davis & Alpine . Guadulupe Mtns (isolated trails) - & miles and miles of wide open highway .

Border Area violence is a reality , and it has reached the US . A day trip across the Border can be fun - but alertness is a must

Thanks a lot heyyo!

28. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

As I've said often I loved Santa Fe, once of the nicest places we've ever visited for so many reasons. Highly recommend a stop there.

By the way, never heard the expression "half May" before but it's very useful and I like it. Peaked at your profile Utrecht and saw that you were Dutch. No wonder I like you. My grandparents came over in the '30's, moved to Michigan (as do 90% of the Dutch immigrants) and raised tulips. Never been to Holland but I still feel very Dutch.

29. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 5y

Haha, I used the expression without thinking that it indeed was Dutch-English...;)
I guess mid-May is better, as sometimes I make a terrible joke about half May: that it is before the first of May I know, bad joke.

There are quite a few Hollands in Michigan as well, aren't there?

Santa Fe is on my list!

Still curious about Hawaii though: I know you can not see all of Hawaii in one week like Heyyo pointed out, but what do you think with one week: choose the Big Island, or Maui (including a daytrip to Molokai or so)?? I am leaning towards Big Island, as I am not much into beach crowds and big resorts, but Maui still seems to have great nature and the ferry rides to Molokai (and Lanai) seem worth the trip as well.

Thanks again!

30. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 5y

Haha, I used the expression without thinking

No change there - then :-)