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Old 04-23-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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In mid-June we are planning a 45 day trip from the Gulf Coast to the Grand Canyon area and then up through Utah to yellowstone. We are debating whether to go through Zion, Bryce Canyon or through Monument Valley.
I am wanting recommendations, we hope to head back toward the Oshkosh Airshow in late July.

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If you can... do Monument Valley, Grand Canyon (north rim), Zion and Bryce. In my opinion, I think Bryce is a MUST see. Even over Zion. Zion is grand and awesome. Bryce is breath taking and can't put your camera away. I'd also add Arches to the list before heading to Yellowstone.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:07 PM   #3
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After visiting 44 states, Bryce remains the place we found most impressive.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:14 PM   #4
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Think about taking I 10 to Las Cruces, I 25 north. So much to see along I 25 to Albuquerque. Then I 40 to Flagstaff, again, soooo much to see, El Moro,Ice caves, painted desert, petrified forest, and Walnut Canyon. North to the Canyon, then Page, then Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Escalante, and the famous highway 12 North to Torrey. It's about 60/70 miles from Escalante to Torrey, but will take you 4/5 hours because you just have to stop and take in the views. Catch I 70/80 back East to the air show. What a wonderful vacation. You will just love it.
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If you do take I40 to Flagstaff, consider stopping at Meteor Crater... about 30 miles east of Flag. Pretty impressive.

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Thank you for the feed back, I am excited to head that way. We are going to be full time, but we have a schedule and places to be this trip so 45 days on this trip will put me at Oshkosh for the Airshow, I will have reservations on site there.

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What Tom3205 said but add Goblin State Park & Dead Horse Point State Park to your stops too. DHPSP is near Moab & Canyonlands and viewing the sunset from the point is a must. Goblin is a bit out of the way but we think well worth the extra time.
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Anything West is a GREAT experience. Have a great time and take your time experiencing the scenery. It's amazing. Enjoy and be safe!
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Tom, Haven't been to Oshkosh for a while, but loved it there. Great place to end your journey.
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For the Grand Canyon and since you are going to UT, I would visit the North Rim instead. only about 10% of it's visitation is on the North Rim because it is closed in the winter and harder to get to. It is about 1100 feet higher in elevation. It is gorgeous and w/o the crowds. I have hiked and rafted Grand Canyon and the crowds on the South Rim are a PITA. Take your time and enjoy it because it is truly Grand.
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We've been to the Grand Canyon once. We've returned to Bryce and Zion 3 times since our initial visit. In our opinion, these are must see. If not this trip, put it on your bucket list for a return visit.

Monument valley is cool, and a "gotta see it at least once", but not as "intimate" as Bryce and Zion.
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If you pass through Page, AZ take the time to visit Antelope Canyon, located just a few miles east of town. We toured the north canyon a few years back... it is one of the most fascinating places we've ever seen.
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5 weeks to make that trip. Chasing 100 degrees every day. Yellowstone in summer with crowds. You did say you are full time? These are absolutely beautiful places you are going. Just wondering about your timing. Are you sure you don't want to visit Canada for that 5 weeks, then Oshkosh?

My wife cannot take heat, so we travel with the temperature and season in mind. If it were not for that, I would make the same trip you are planning, even with the crowds and temperature. The west is indeed awsome.

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I thought the Grand Canyon in June would not be 100 degrees yet, I did an average temp for June with the weather channel website and it said avg. 80's. And yellowstone was in the high 70's to 80's for July. But I am from the south, in fact south Alabama where temps are in the 80's today and summertime the humidity is always around 90 % . I thought most of the time would be spent around yellowstone and we were hoping it wouldn't be too hot.

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