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Old 10-07-2017, 06:59 AM   #15
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Totally agree - more like a 4-5 month trip. You're covering some long distances.

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Old 10-07-2017, 07:38 AM   #16
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There is no magic for getting around the distance from PA to Alaska. It is what it is. There is a *lot* of time on the road doing that trip. There also is a giant lot of stuff to do up there. Simply saying "Alaska" does not really put a full description on the trip. For most it is a trip by its self. Spending four months on an "only Alaska" trip is not at all uncommon. It's also not uncommon to come back with some wear and tear, both on equipment and people.

Back long long ago, the "around the world cruise" was a pretty standard dream. Cost wise it never was within reach for most people. For those who did one, at the start it always was "why can't we stop at a few more paces". When they got back, the common reaction was "wow was that an exhausting vacation ...". Some things look very different on paper ....


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Old 10-09-2017, 11:50 AM   #17
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We just did a week in southern Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce and Zion). It was too short. We are avid hikers and feel the best way to really see the National Parks is to get out of the truck and hike away from the crowds. Yes, there are crowds even in October. Bryce was the busiest followed by Arches. But hike a mere mile from the road and the crowds thin. Plus you get a totally different perspective and see more gems than those tour bus folks.
Arches- 1.5 days. Catch a sunrise on the arches which requires hiking in the dark. This is a relatively small park and can be seen relatively quickly. Stay in Moab. There are several RV parks. We stayed at Moab Valley RV. It was good. Some road noise but close to Arches and town.
From Moab you can also visit Canyonlands. Great hiking. This is much less crowded and more spread out. We could have spent at least 4 days here because the park is large so we would have preferred to stay in the park rather than in Moab.

We missed Capital Reef and Escalante on this trip but will go back to catch these.
Bryce- this is a 2 day visit. The hikes are amazing and you need to experience them at different times in the day as the light hits the hoodoos in different ways. We stayed at Red Canyon RV which was nice as it was close to Bryce. And easy to get a reservation.
Zion- this is a 3+ day. I would recommend going in the fall as crowds thin but the weather is good. Take a full day to hike the narrows (fall will typically have lower water levels and warmer water temperatures) The Zion tunnel and descent is not for the faint hearted if you tow a trailer. Its steep!!! Camping requires reservations (opens 6 months in advance). Might be tough to get in, so as a back up find an RV park as close as you can.
Because it was fall, we wanted to have hook-ups to allow for volatile weather (could be hot or really cold). We got freezing temps so nice to allow the furnace to run while we hiked in in the cold weather. So RV parks were the best options for us.
Remember to look at school schedules as that will increase crowds.
The best days are the ones when you aren't driving wth trailer in tow. So spread out the driving days and enjoy where you are at the time by spending more than a day there!!
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:42 PM   #18
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I'd second this. And for anyone planning any of the short and popular hikes in Zion Canyon, I'd suggest starting very early. For one thing, fewer crowds. For another, during the hot season, you start out in the cool of the day. Most of the hikes are uphill. Then you can hike down as it warms up.

Also, check on snow/road conditions for the Kolob section (closer to Cedar City, UT) and Lava point, but these are beautiful places as well, with good hikes.

One fun thing (though kind of expensive) is doing a one-or two-hour horseback ride. You can book through the concession. The horse trail (Sand Bench) is not so much used by hikers.

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