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Old 10-07-2015, 11:08 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by JBBeaubeaux View Post
Tabasco tour outside New Orleans
That's at Avery Island, close to New Iberia, south of Lafayette, LA, and another good reason to take US 90 instead of I-10. While the factory tour is interesting (go on Monday through Thursday, because that's when they're actually bottling) the jungle gardens on Avery Island are also interesting.

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Old 10-07-2015, 11:09 AM   #16
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If you are not in a big hurry I would agree with others and US-90 across Texas I find interesting. Stop at Langtry and see Judge Roy Beans place, Alpine, Marfa, Silver City, NM. If you like Orlando scene you will like San Antonio, we much prefer Austin for the music scene, great parks and vibe. Local motto is keep Austin Weird. If you like solitude Big Bend national park would be a good place to go. It has never had very many people there the times we have been. We love that whole desert area in Texas. If you don't want to stay in the park there is a rv park in Study Butte just right outside of the park.

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Old 10-07-2015, 11:10 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by JBBeaubeaux View Post
Tabasco tour outside New Orleans
Actually closer to Lafayette, in New Iberia. Lafayette is the center of Cajun culture, with really great food, if you like it spicy! Nice KOA on a lake in Lafayette.

Also, I second the recommendation about Catalina State Park and the Sonoran Desert Museum, both near Tucson.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:26 AM   #18
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Tucson take the drive to the top of Mt Lemone, views and rock formation are fantastic a 20 degree temp difference from valley to top in summer. Visit both federal parks the are a few wonderful garden right in the city we been every where your going great trip 😄
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:44 AM   #19
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:46 AM   #20
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I-10 Suggestions

These are not too far from I-10:

Florida - Topsail State Park
Mississippi - Vicksburg Battleground
Louisiana - Avery Island
* Brazos Bend State Park (near Sugar Land)
* San Antonio - Riverwalk
* Lost Maples State Park (great for fall colors)
* Enchanted Rock (near Fredricksburg)
* Nimitz Museum (Fredricksburg)

It's all good. Safe travels.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:00 PM   #21
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Fredericksburg TX is Just north of San Antonio off of I-10. It is worth a stop for the many antique stores and especially all the wineries in the area.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:03 PM   #22
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Ditto to Gnorts about the KOA just off I-10 and the local food near Lafayette LA!
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:35 PM   #23
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Get a good Atlas and take your time. I-10 is my favorite big road. I have driven it several times from side to side. All of the previously mentioned sites are awesome.
San Antonio, and Saguaro Natl park are on the top of my list. As you approach Las Cruces, NM from the west, look for the HUGE Roadrunner. It is a trash sculpture, unlike anything I have ever seen.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:44 PM   #24
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Catalina State Park north of Tucson is awesome. Bisbee is a must.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:45 PM   #25
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San Xavier mission and Tubac, south of Tucson are cool too
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Old 10-07-2015, 02:24 PM   #26
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If you want to get off the slab (and avoid going up I 35 North) and see some down home Texas, grab 290 out of Houston to Austin, then take 290 out of Austin to I10 and carry on thru miles of rolling west Texas- with a stop in Van Horn (halfway between Austin and Tucson) - I don't remember anything out that way west of the Pecos.
Then after Tuscon for some real adventure, take I-8 to San Diego - the biggest surprise of my last Malibu to Miami and back adventure (along I-10). Make sure you can make some serious long grades heading into SD. That's the REAL southwest, far superior to any other "attraction"
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Old 10-07-2015, 02:59 PM   #27
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These are places we have enjoyed in the past, some more than once.

I too would second the recommendations for Titan Missile Museum and the Sonoran Desert Museum and Carlsbad Caverns.
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park (U.S. National Park Service) Take a daytime tour inside and be sure to check out the Bat Flight program at dusk.

Also in Tuscon:
Pima Air and Space Museum is worth a whole day Pima Air & Space Museum : Tucson, Arizona

Near Bisbee, AZ Take a Queen Mine Tour

For places to camp, 3 hours or so East of Tucson is Rockhound SP
Rock Hound State Park, a New Mexico park located near Deming

And about an hour North of El Paso is Oliver Lee SP.
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Oliver Lee SP is a great base camp for checking out
White Sands NM White Sands National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)
New Mexico Museum of Space History New Mexico Museum of Space History » Alamogordo, New Mexico » Celebrating the significant role the state of New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program
For ancient history - Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
And just a bit further north Valley of Fires Rec. Area Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Just outside of El Paso is Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site
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Thanks for all the details Doc. Your second for Carlsbad Caverns reminds me to mention one small tour they do, into a smaller side chamber, where they turn off all the lights. It is hard to anticipate how dark and silent it is.

[they warn you ahead of time, and only consenting adults go on this sub-tour]

Worth trying IMO.

PS -- They also have [edit -- or at least used to have] an animal kennel to board pets for a couple of hours -- a thoughtful accommodation to pet owners.

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