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Old 10-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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West bound and down .......

OK, so the song actually goes "Eastbound and down ...."
We are planning Atlanta to Monterey, Ca. For 14 days starting Christmas Eve.
We will be stopping in Amarillo and the Grand Canyon, then to Monterey,
What are the must sees in Route?
Coming back, should we take the Norther Route?

This will be our longest trip to date......

Thanks
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OK, so the song actually goes "Eastbound and down ...."
We are planning Atlanta to Monterey, Ca. For 14 days starting Christmas Eve.
We will be stopping in Amarillo and the Grand Canyon, then to Monterey,
What are the must sees in Route?
Coming back, should we take the Norther Route?

This will be our longest trip to date......

Thanks
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Amarillo, get a photo at the cadilac ranch on I40,
Meteor Crater, AZ
Monument Valley, Ut
Death Valley
If you have time, Bryce and Zion Natl Parks, Ut

I could go on, pleanty to see.

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when near Amarillo go to Palo Duro Canyon!! 2nd largest canyon in the US. really cool and you can camp there too! When near Amarillo go the home of the 72oz steak fun atmosphere!
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Thank you for the responses so far.
Anything to see in Texas, NM?
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If you have a toad, it's always fun to visit Williams AZ and Kingman AZ, maybe take a little side trip up the old Rt66 to Oatman just to say you did, especially if you liked the movie "Cars" as you will see many of the rock formations and scenes that inspired the movie. Couple of interesting museums in Kingman and the courthouse is interesting, it was the model for the "Cars" movie. Williams also has a lot to see and do, train, museums etc. Google them out.
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OK, so the song actually goes "Eastbound and down ...."
We are planning Atlanta to Monterey, Ca. For 14 days starting Christmas Eve.
We will be stopping in Amarillo and the Grand Canyon, then to Monterey,
What are the must sees in Route?
Coming back, should we take the Norther Route?

This will be our longest trip to date......

Thanks
(If this is not a spoof or spam) Not to rain on your parade but you need to consider the weather during the end of December, you are likely to encounter bad conditions anywhere from OK to AZ on I 40, if I were going that direction during winter I would consider I 10 instead as a better route, definitely not the northern route unless you want and covet a lot of snow and bad winter weather driving. Of course this is my opinion and yours may vary. Good luck!
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Stay south of I40 in the winter! nuff said....
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I have to agree with Vette Racer.
The winds in December along the I-40 corridor can be very humbling
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Amarillo, get a photo at the cadilac ranch on I40, Meteor Crater, AZ Monument Valley, Ut Death Valley If you have time, Bryce and Zion Natl Parks, Ut I could go on, pleanty to see. L.
14 days is not a lot of time, unless you dont sleep ;-) I simply could not do it.

If you do about 500 miles/day you can get to Monterey in 4 days with no long stops or side trips. So, 8 days R/T. That leaves 6 days to see stuff.

So, 2 days each at GC, Amarillo and Monterey, and that is about all. Much road, little looking.

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I read these types of responses all the time and it bothers me. I have a job where getting more than 2 weeks off at a time won't happen. So I can a) drive "insane" amounts daily, or b) wait until I retire to go more than 1600 miles from home.

Seriously, I would love to see everything on the way between here and there, but while I'm still working, it's "pick a destination and drive long days". Right now, our stops consist of a couple hour stop at a museum or attraction to break up a long day of driving and Wallydocking between home and destination.

If I do get to retire before I'm too old to RV, I will definitely alter my travel strategy. Until then, I guess I'm insane. 600-700 miles per day is not unheard of for us.
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Where are you going to stay in Monterey? And do you have reservations there?
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Las Vegas is someplace you should see, even if you don't gamble. Walk up one side and down the other side of the strip. Hotel/Casino have interesting displays out front and mini shows. Also Caesar's Palace mall is fun to walk around and none of the it cost anything to see. Would get there by noon and leave next day late morning. Nighttime is time you want to walk the strip.

Also you could go up hwy 93 from Kingman Az and see Hoover Dam on way to Vegas too.

If you don't go 40 and did I 10 - recommend Carlsbad Caverns (if you can walk down and then take elevator up) and Bosque de Apache up I 25 south of Socorro (even if you are not a Birder great place to visit) in NM.

In Texas - nothing beats the Riverwalk in San Antonio. But again on I 10.
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I read these types of responses all the time and it bothers me. I have a job where getting more than 2 weeks off at a time won't happen. So I can a) drive "insane" amounts daily, or b) wait until I retire to go more than 1600 miles from home. Seriously, I would love to see everything on the way between here and there, but while I'm still working, it's "pick a destination and drive long days". Right now, our stops consist of a couple hour stop at a museum or attraction to break up a long day of driving and Wallydocking between home and destination. If I do get to retire before I'm too old to RV, I will definitely alter my travel strategy. Until then, I guess I'm insane. 600-700 miles per day is not unheard of for us.
You are from Forest Lake! I was from Bloomington.

We are a bit different, and always have been, and that is okay! We have always found things to do and see that are not the "bridge too far".

You like the long hard drive to the destination, while for us the journey has always been the destination.

To the OP, your goal is over 2400 miles away. You simply cannot see a ton of places, but if you choose some places to relax and catch your breath for a while, 4800 miles may not seem so far after all.
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