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Old 01-08-2011, 11:10 PM   #21
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There's a train from kingman Arizona to the grand canyon. Get in the party caboose, u won't regret it. Snacks and cocktails and a classy experience. tV park there is all paved with gravel pet track, but u only need to b there 1-2 nights.
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September is the perfect time of year. Kids are back in school; the weather is great. Things tend to slow down quite a bit after Labor Day. You might even find that the campground & Rv Park fees are reduced; can't guarantee that. I was there in October of 2010 and everywhere I stayed the fees were reduced. Most of that information is on the various websites. Don't know which way you would be headed, but I would highly recommend Hwy 160 over Wolf Creek Pass. Here's a few more shots and a couple of the campground.
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Just my opinion, California has lots to see and is beautiful, but New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, and of course Arizona, are closer and have more dispersed camping opportunities. If you'd like to spend more time camping than driving, I'd at least consider a route that includes these areas, instead of the more direct I-10 across southern Arizona. There are lots of cool areas above 6000 feet in all of these states.

Also, there's a lot to be said about "just wingin' it". Some of our most memorable road trips had only a turn-around point in mind, with wandering being our primary trip planning. As far as an itinerary, we drove until we saw something interesting, then stayed until we got bored. Sometimes, we didn't even make it to our turn-around point before it was time to head home.

Check out the National Parks Web site for camping ideas in the Four-Corners states: www.nps.gov

If you haven't frequented National Parks in the past, get the America the Beautiful annual pass ($80). If you have a month to travel, you are sure to get your money's worth; and you'll continue to enjoy it for the next year. Also, if you are 62, you can get the senior pass for $10; and camping is half-price with this pass, in many areas.

Also, don't forget National Forest, BLM and state parks; and there are lots of boondocking opportunities, too.

By the way, I think the Grand Canyon Railway departs from Williams, AZ, a few miles west of Flagstaff. Kingman is near the California border on the old Route 66 (now I-40).
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We like Colorado. We spent time in Arapaho National Forest and then Buenavista CO. There are lots of things to do.
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Blmitch5, is that Dillon Reservoir? -- Guess there are lots of views like this in the Colorado Rockies.
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Blmitch5, is that Dillon Reservoir? -- Guess there are lots of views like this in the Colorado Rockies.
Yup Dillon. It's kinda sad though, the pine beetles have killed a Tom of trees. But it's still pretty.
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Glacier should be slightly less busy in September, and worth a look. The surrounding forests are full of federal campsites. A beautiful part of the country. We're going back this summer.

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Just my opinion, California has lots to see and is beautiful, but New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, and of course Arizona, are closer and have more dispersed camping opportunities. If you'd like to spend more time camping than driving, I'd at least consider a route that includes these areas, instead of the more direct I-10 across southern Arizona. There are lots of cool areas above 6000 feet in all of these states.

Also, there's a lot to be said about "just wingin' it". Some of our most memorable road trips had only a turn-around point in mind, with wandering being our primary trip planning. As far as an itinerary, we drove until we saw something interesting, then stayed until we got bored. Sometimes, we didn't even make it to our turn-around point before it was time to head home.

Check out the National Parks Web site for camping ideas in the Four-Corners states: www.nps.gov

If you haven't frequented National Parks in the past, get the America the Beautiful annual pass ($80). If you have a month to travel, you are sure to get your money's worth; and you'll continue to enjoy it for the next year. Also, if you are 62, you can get the senior pass for $10; and camping is half-price with this pass, in many areas.

Also, don't forget National Forest, BLM and state parks; and there are lots of boondocking opportunities, too.

By the way, I think the Grand Canyon Railway departs from Williams, AZ, a few miles west of Flagstaff. Kingman is near the California border on the old Route 66 (now I-40).
Thanks for the info on the America Pass...we are far from 62 (27 & 24) but thanks again for the parks and camping sights...California is on our list but we are going to start small and work our way out to the West Coast. We both enjoy the mountains but Mrs. S heart is lost in the blue ocean. So we will make it there one day.
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Montana.

Glacier should be slightly less busy in September, and worth a look. The surrounding forests are full of federal campsites. A beautiful part of the country. We're going back this summer.

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Wow that is really nice....Man everyone keeps showing these amazing pics and our list gets longer and longer. Guess its a good thing we are starting these trips young.
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This is a wonderful thread I hope more people post their favorite areas!

It is so great to hear other AS'ers views on places they actually go to and like vs. reading about an area in a book or guide.

It is so helpful.

Please keep them coming!

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Thanks TG Twinkie,

I'm looking into this because me and my wife have always talked about riding a train and I have always wanted to fly fish so I may consider some time in Durango. I have been there before but was very young. Thanks for you pictures. Would September be a good time of year for that trip or would you adivse another time?
If you like to fish and also want to ride the train, Durango and southern Colorado would be a great destination. We did a fly fishing and cycling trip last summer through gunnison, salida, Buena vista, pages springs, creede, and Chama, NM. I had time I would have added ouray as well. There are great fishing rivers there and it is beautiful that time of year. We camped with the airstream on the Taylor fork, Arkansas, and rio blanco rivers and fished several more. There are some beautiful nfs campgrounds right on the Taylor fork and the gunnison river is 15 minutes away.

Good luck planning your trip!

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Thanks TG Twinkie,

I'm looking into this because me and my wife have always talked about riding a train and I have always wanted to fly fish so I may consider some time in Durango. I have been there before but was very young. Thanks for you pictures. Would September be a good time of year for that trip or would you adivse another time?
Chama has a narrow gauge RR,that runs over the pass into Co.,also great trout fishing in Chama River & Willow Creek.
Then there is good camping @ Heron Lake. Dave
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Just checked the map, and I didn't realize how far east Newton is. If you just want to get out of the heat, either up (in altitude) or north is probably where you want to go. If you can delay your trip a week or two into mid-September to mid-October, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is a great destination in early October. Check out other posts on the Fiesta from last fall. Also, the 4CU plans a trip there every year (I think), and we had a great time with a bunch of other Airstreamers last October. Also, Albuquerque/Santa Fe is in the mountains and there's lots of cool camping areas in the NM Rockies, where you won't have to drive so far.

If you are near Carlsbad Caverns that is a great cave adventure, though the camping in the immediate area isn't much of a destination. However, Ruidoso and Cloudcroft are in the mountains, nearby; and there's good camping there.

It may still be a little warm in September, but the Missouri Ozarks are a shorter drive, too; and they are pretty in the fall. Lots of camping and fishing there.
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You can check here for lots and lots of public campgrounds, GPS data, and links to camp's web sites, etc...

Just move the map around to find the area you're interested in and zoom in...

Be sure to check the pull down menu in the upper RH corner of the map window for other views, Sat views, Topo views, etc..

They even have an 'APP' for your 'i' device...

ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS MORE california oregon washington new york pennsylvania more

I can spend hours on this site looking at neat places to visit...good travels!
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Wow thanks everyone, so glad everyone has chimed in and given so much info.(Some have even looked at the map to see where Newton,TX is!) I had been on the internet trying to find neat stuff but wasnt having a lot of luck so I decided to make a post and ask where to go. Everyone has given me great sites to go to and even mobile apps to use along the way. Just wanted to tell everyone thanks so much for the help since it would take forever to respond to everyone individually. Everyones input has been noted and checked out and we are so excited!!(Thats a good thing!) Hopefully before long we will be able to share our stories and sightings with new Aser's instead of asking for ides. We cant wait to get out on the open road and meet up with some of you. Thanks for everything!
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You are young and seeking adventure? I'd head towards east Tennessee/west North Carolina.. I'd be looking to meet some hillbillies and get some pictures, or even better, videos.
You'd probably need to dress down.
A friend went over there on a <family> visit (wife's side) and went to church on sunday to a church that was perched on top of a mountain and held in place by cables.

He said it was interesting but felt out of place cause he was different.

This guy looks interesting. He likes watermelon and might need some more boards.. not sure..

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I second the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially the North Carolina parts. It is so cool compared to Texas and Arkansas. I'll try to send you some photos. It is one of the most beautiful unspoiled places in the country as far as I'm concerned.

My second choice would be up around Lake Erie somewhere in Ohio. We were there last July and slept without air conditioning. It was soooooooo comfortable after we almost burned to a crisp here in Arkansas.
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Just get on U.S._Route_287 at Woodville.

It'll take you past Bent's Fort and all along the Front Range in Colorado, then straight on to Yellowstone Nat'l Park.

1,800 miles from Port Arthur well into Montana.
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Just get on U.S._Route_287 at Woodville.

It'll take you past Bent's Fort and all along the Front Range in Colorado, then straight on to Yellowstone Nat'l Park.

1,800 miles from Port Arthur well into Montana.
Had no idea that 287 ran that far... Thats intresting! How's the scenery anything special along the way?
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It's sentimental for me: leaving Dallas en route to Boulder in the back seat of a 383-powered '59 Dodge as a kid. Or a 428 equipped '66 Ford Country Squire. Early dawn to past dusk for a one-day 800 mile trip. No traffic compared to today (one could still ride passenger trains), and no chain retail, either.

The Interstate routes are okay, but 287 all the way to Denver takes one across the Texas prairie onto the Plains and High Plains: Palo Duro Canyon and Alibates Flint Quarry near Amarillo, Bent's Fort in SE Colorado, the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area and on up past Cheyenne.

One can find a point to cut west to SW Colorado (also recommended), and then resume the route north after diversions.

Or use it to return from well up north.

Of course, to be serious one needs to dip a toe in the water at Port Arthur (I've done this) and then start the run north. Through Fort Worth, and again through the Denver metro area it's a major city street, but I find that of interest as well. It helps to map the "difficult" areas so as to make them easier to navigate.

This is the very road I like to think of for trips away from Texas. Once the mountains come into view so long a ways off there is an end to the heat . . . .

Scroll a Google map down to the distance that makes the highway numbers visible, and move the cursor around to see what's what.

If nothing else, the variety of well-servicing oil field custom-configured trucks and equipment you'll see is impressive from SE Texas past Wyoming. Not to mention cattle haulers and the rest. It's one highly important highway in that respect. The changes are interesting to note, not just forest to tall-grass to short grass to desert and all.

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