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Old 09-12-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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Planning trip Destin FL to Tucson AZ

My wife and I are planning to drive to Destin, FL then on to New Orleans, then either San Antonio or Austin, TX and then to Tuscon. We are looking for suggestions of fun things to see or do in each of those cities and suggestions for RV Parks. We plan to stay at The French Quarter RV Resort in NO but are open to suggestions in the other cities. If there are prettier routes to follow than I-10 we would love to hear about them. We don't have special interest; we are open to all suggestions of things to do and see in these cities. Thanks for any help that those of you have been to these cities can provide all suggestions are tremendously appreciated

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Old 09-13-2015, 08:25 AM   #2
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Karchner Cavern State Park in Benson, Az. is a start.

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Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and NW of San Antonio is well worth a visit.
Blanco, Johnson City(LBJ Ranch is a great destination), Fredericksburg
Several State Parks and Campgrounds.
You can take 290 from Houston to Austin for a more scenic drive than IH10. The area around Brenham is especially attractive.
Avoid driving through Austin in early am and after 3pm, due to bad traffic conditions.
Blanco State Park is one of our favorite, small town atmosphere with lots of stuff to do in the surrounding area. Its open again after the devastating flood in May
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:24 PM   #4
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If you are planning a trip to LA go on an airboat ride. So much fun!

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While in Tucson, a day trip to Tombstone and Bisbee is worthwhile.

If you like Mexican food, I like at least a couple of places: El Charro (the original is in the downtown area.... Welcome to El Charro Cafe - Tastes and Traditions of Tucson) and Mi Nidito.... Mi Nidito Restaurant | Tucson, Arizona
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PIMA Air museum and Davis-Monthan Aircraft boneyard are both in Tucson and worth the day, for military aircraft buffs.
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The Rincon East RV Resort is nice. Lot's of activities, pool, the typical upper end RV resort if you are in to that sort of thing
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It may have changed since then, but I drove I-10 in August of 2014 from south Alabama toward Houston and it was in horrible condition. Maybe some of the south Louisiana folks can give you an update, but it sucked and I wasn't pulling a trailer. I bought my AS in Houston and made it a point NOT to return home via I-10 through Louisiana.
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Old 09-14-2015, 03:20 PM   #9
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It depends on how much time you have. Is this a 5 day trip or a 5 week trip?
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:24 PM   #10
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Topsail Florida State Park is very nice, guess that is why the Can Opener Rally is there in January😀
I-10 to NO is rough, travel slower, has a good bit of construction, drove it this summer.
Didn't stop but heard good things about Buccaneer State park near Biloxi. Biloxi is a casino town with some history and shopping, good stop. Safe travels.

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Originally Posted by splintair View Post
PIMA Air museum and Davis-Monthan Aircraft boneyard are both in Tucson and worth the day, for military aircraft buffs.
I second that!
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Camping in Tucson

Catalina State Park is a great place to camp and hike. Very scenic !
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Tucson camping and activities

Gilbert Ray campground in Tucson is a beautiful piece of the desert. Lots of natural flora (be careful what you back into :-)).

Gilbert Ray Campground - Pima County

Within a 10 minute drive of the campground is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum which has daily Raptor Free Flight presentations, an amazing display of beautiful raptors flying without restraints. After the presentation you can spend many pleasant hours walking around the vast grounds of the museum.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ - Zoo, Botanical Garden and Art Gallery

Also within a 5 minute drive is a great little restaurant called Coyote Pause.
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In Tucson, The Arizona- Sonoran Desert Museum has a beautiful hummingbird exhibit where you enter an enclosed area and the hummingbirds fly all around you.

If you have bikes there's a very nice bike path in Tucson. You can pick it up right outside Catalina State Park ( which is a very nice campground)

Not sure what time of year you'll be there but check and see if there are any rodeos going on. We went last year and had a lot of fun.

Texas Hill Country is beautiful. Fredericksburg has a German/ Austrian vibe going on with lots of shopping downtown and historic houses a block off downtown. Check out Greune Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall to see if anything interesting is going on there.

If you stay in Austin I'd recommend Pecan Grove a funky campground in the heart of Austin allowing you to walk anywhere. Five minute walk to the paths around Lady Bird Lake, 10 minutes to an off leash dog park along the lake, 15 minutes to downtown. I have heard McKinney State Park in Austin is very nice too.

San Antonio has the beautiful Riverwalk area. I've checked before and haven't seen any campgrounds near the city that look good but maybe someone will pipe in wth a recommendation.

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