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    Hey lownje - road trip suggestions

    Not to steal Opus' thunder, but we've been thinking about what our big summer adventure will be this year. Last summer we took a 3 week road trip to CA through New Mexico and Arizona. To use an overused term, it was epic. Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Chaco Canyon, Route 66, Sacramento, San Fran, Disneyland, etc. The kids acted like they hated it but I caught them having fun when they thought no one was looking. They will definitely remember it.

    We are thinking about something similar for this summer, but not sure which direction to go. Any favorites? Not asking for a detailed itinerary, just a direction, and why. The girls are not really into camping (unless you define "camping" as a $50/night hotel)
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    Do the Utah/AZ/CO blast. Monument Valley (Hotels Near by, can also hit Navajo Nat Monument), Zion (hotels close by), Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyon Lands, Moab, Arches.-- that puts you on I70 which is a lovely drive into CO where you can hit Estes Park on your way towards home
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    Pacific northwest

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    Andy, if the kids are still in tow, DC is great place to go. What it might lack in scenery it makes up for in history. After the monuments, the Smithsonian with the Air & Space Museum are outstanding. Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake aren't too far either for a more relaxing change of pace.
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    North into Yellowstone. Inch your way still further north to the other iconic sites. Bozeman is a nice town.
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    South Dakota has many tourist traps that I'd still recommend along I90, then there is lots of good driving in Wyoming, the Bighorns, Yellowstone, up through Glacier, etc. then you could go through Idaho into Washington. I'd probably start east and go west, and we have done quite a bit it a few years ago ourselves.
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    Ditto Wash. DC

    Tons of stuff to do, many, many museums, Smithsonian, etc....

    Has lot's of bike paths as well in case Dad wants a break.

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    I plan to drive to Hawaii and back this fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    I plan to drive to Hawaii and back this fall.
    Have phun by taking the scenic route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapei View Post
    .............. Bozeman is a nice town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    I plan to drive to Hawaii and back this fall.
    It's truly a once in a lifetime trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie View Post
    Do the Utah/AZ/CO blast. Monument Valley (Hotels Near by, can also hit Navajo Nat Monument), Zion (hotels close by), Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyon Lands, Moab, Arches.-- that puts you on I70 which is a lovely drive into CO where you can hit Estes Park on your way towards home
    I like that idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapei View Post
    North into Yellowstone. Inch your way still further north to the other iconic sites. Bozeman is a nice town.
    When I was really young my parents took us to Yellowstone, Tetons, Bandlands, etc. I've been thinking about doing a similar trip. It's a shame half the family doesn't like camping though, because you really don't get the full effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Andy, if the kids are still in tow, DC is great place to go. What it might lack in scenery it makes up for in history. After the monuments, the Smithsonian with the Air & Space Museum are outstanding. Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake aren't too far either for a more relaxing change of pace.
    The northeast is on the list. I'd love to take the kids to NYC. The teenager went with her 8th grade class to DC last fall and the younger one will go as well if we're still here. But still, lots of stuff to do.

    The older one came home making vague Nicholas Cage references after visiting the National Archives. She's got a very weird sense of humor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eretz View Post
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    The jaded local in me says to stay far from Yellowstone and Glacier during the mid-summer months. Or at least plan on the crowds (start your day trips early and book your lodging NOW). Take advantage of the bus system in Glacier - there's really no practical alternative to their summer time parking debacle.

    June is actually a really good time as the crowds aren't bad yet and you have a great chance of seeing bears and wolves in Yellowstone as they feed on winter-killed elk and bison. The wildflowers are starting to peak out then too.

    Zion, Moab, etc. will be pretty hot but that's a gorgeous area. Look into day trips into the San Rafael Swell.

    I feel for people who have to schedule their vacations around their kids' schooling. There's a very noticeable uptick in Bozeman's tourist population between July and September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy69 View Post
    The northeast is on the list. I'd love to take the kids to NYC. The teenager went with her 8th grade class to DC last fall and the younger one will go as well if we're still here. But still, lots of stuff to do.

    The older one came home making vague Nicholas Cage references after visiting the National Archives. She's got a very weird sense of humor.
    Ah. Didn’t realize DC was already so close. Never been to NYC. After seeing a show and checking out the 9/11 memorial and the Statue of Liberty, I wouldn’t know what to do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Ah. Didn’t realize DC was already so close. Never been to NYC. After seeing a show and checking out the 9/11 memorial and the Statue of Liberty, I wouldn’t know what to do.


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    Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, USS Intrepid Museum. Eat at Wo Hop (downstairs) - 17 Mott St. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Train it out to Coney Island, have a hot dog at Nathans and walk the boardwalk. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Circle Line around Manhattan. Ellis Island. Top of The Rock or Freedom Tower observatory, or Empire State Building. Picnic on Governors Island.

    Walk around. It's a great city to just walk and see things. Greenwich Village, Times Square, Central Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, USS Intrepid Museum. Eat at Wo Hop (downstairs) - 17 Mott St. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Train it out to Coney Island, have a hot dog at Nathans and walk the boardwalk. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Circle Line around Manhattan. Ellis Island. Top of The Rock or Freedom Tower observatory, or Empire State Building. Picnic on Governors Island.

    Walk around. It's a great city to just walk and see things. Greenwich Village, Times Square, Central Park.
    Skip the Brooklyn Bridge. It's really crazy. Every 5 feet has someone taking selfies or glamor portraits. Frustrated cylists will be ringing bells and yelling, Groups walking 5 abreast. I highly recommend the NYC water taxies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Plus View Post
    I highly recommend the NYC water taxies.
    … in the rest of the world, these are known as giant river rats. kudos to New Yolkers for training them not to eat occasional passengers...

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