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Old 07-06-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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Trip to Grand Canyon+?

We accomplished our dream trip to the Florida Keys last spring without any issues and I am starting to plan one for out West. We will want to go to the following locations and make a big round trip back home. I hate traveling the same way somewhere that we went. We want to see as much as possible and we are partial to non-interstate roads if possible.

Below are the locations we want to go to. I don't know which route would be better coming or going. I would like to avoid high traffic areas like Dallas and Houston if possible. On our last trip we stayed 4 nights at most stops, but we will not do that this time due to the amount of miles we will be driving. But if there are some spectacular spots that we want to stay at please let me know. I will most likely do a longer stop-over every other stop just to not get wore out. Of course if any particular route is better than others concerning mountains please let me know.

1) Tucson Arizona to visit kinfolk
2) Grand Canyon (North or South??)
3) Zion National Park (we have been told several times that this is better than the Grand Canyon)
4) Albuquerque Balloon Festival

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Might as well throw in Arches NP, Capitol Reef NP, Bryce Canyon, Carlsbad, and Monument Valley. And while in Tucson, Saguaro NP
You don't mention a time frame, but the AIBF is 1st of Oct. Have you made your reservations yet, they fill up fast.
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If you stay in Kanab, UT, you can do day runs to the North Rim and Zion. I like then both but nothing I have ever seen is more spectacular than the GC! Bryce Canyon is just a short day's drive north of Kanab.
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Ooops - this trip is actually for next year, so I should have plenty of time to reserve my stops.
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and while in Albuquerque, take the tram up to the Sandia peak. Just at the base of the peak, there is a nice new casino that will let you stay in their lot.

Also there is a decent KOA just north from there that puts you just slightly out of town with great access to all that Beautiful Albuquerque has to offer.
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If you stay in Kanab, UT, you can do day runs to the North Rim and Zion. I like then both but nothing I have ever seen is more spectacular than the GC! Bryce Canyon is just a short day's drive north of Kanab.
How long of a stay at this location would you suggest where we could explore everything? Will more than one day trip for each location be enough. One campground mentions we would be close enough to Zion, The Grand Canyon, Bryce and The Grand Staircase.
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And then of course, the Painted Desert is a must! Make sure you plan for an all day through the HUGE national park - 5 hours min. We started at the southern end at the painted desert and ended at the end with the petrified forest.
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My favorite on the west coast is the Pacific north west, Washington state. Start somewhere in California and head north staying close to the ocean. The state parks in Oregon are fantastic. If you arrive in Port Townsend Washington in September there is a nice wooden boat festival that is worth attending and the whole area is beautiful.
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If you want to stay inside the grand Canyon South entrance next year,make your reservations today. Outside the park is easier for reservations but you have to travel and pay at the park for entrances. Your rig will traverse all the US and SR routes on your trip (they were built to accommodate trucks). Some will be more curvy and some more switch backs but all will be fine if you travel with care. I have visited these areas with a rig a bit bigger than yours.
The 4 day stay can be shortened to 3 nights which gives you 2 full days and you can see a lot in that time frame.
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And if you can stomach the drive up I5, both San Francisco and the base of the red wood forest are amazing places. That would be our second trip to San Fran. I would never drive my bus through San Fran, but we stay on the southern end and take the car where ever we want to go.

If you go around San Fran and further north, you hit the BIG redwood forest.
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I really don't foresee us going as far as California and/or the Pacific coast states. For this trip the limit will be Las Vegas if we go that far. I hope we would not go that far to keep the slot machines out my wife's reach.
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Zion and Arches fer sher.

And North Rim. Few see it. Most like it better.
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We went to Utah about 3 years ago on our first big trip. Just spectacular. All of it!

We went to Moab, UT first & stayed at Dead Horse Point State Park, from there we toured Arches & Canyonlands and downtown Moab. Cute town with a great brewery.

After Moab, we went to Capitol Reef NP by way of Goblin State Park. Goblin is just a little out of the way but definitely worth the side trip. We stayed in Torrey and made a day trip to Fish Lake which was another great side trip. From CRNP, we went to Escalante, UT & stayed at the state park there. DH was able to arrange for a fly fishing trip there which made him happy. The next stop was Bryce & we stayed at Ruby's. Bryce is awesome, amazing.... beautiful. If you can hike it or take one of the trail rides down into the canyon, do so! It different looking up but just as gorgeous.

Next stop was Zion. I can't think of an accurate description. It gets into your soul.

We went to the North Rim after Zion and really liked it a LOT. We'd been to the South Rim (not camping) and the North Rim has a totally different feel to it. FYI: the Prickly Pear Cactus Margaritas are really good.

We generally plan for 3 nights in a NP. That usually gives us an afternoon and 2 full days to site see. We could stay longer in some but at least we get a good feel for the park and what it has to offer. Besides, if we really like it, we can always go back!

On our return trip, we made stops at Meteor Crater, Painted Desert & we stood on a corner in Winslow, AZ.

Just thinking about it makes me want to do the same trip again!
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6 days south rim, lots to do.

4 days N Rim, stay at Lake Jacob State CG, intersection rts 89&63, $9 with senior pass or $18.

Now in Glendale at Baeur's RV park (nice owners) right in the middle of Bryce & Zion

Of the three can't say one is better they are all different, must see all.

Headed to Tetons & Yellowstone planning 2 weeks, Cody 5-7 days & home
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