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USA tour

  1. Aug 23, 2004 #1
    I have a tour coming up of the western mainland of the USA, starting in California. I've already seen those large groovy canyons. What else is there to see over there, in terms of natural scenery? I hear the Rocky Mountains look quite nice, and it's not far out of my path. Any suggestions?
     
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  3. Aug 23, 2004 #2

    selfAdjoint

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    My daughter and I are going to visit Badlands and Rushmore, Grand Teton, and eventually Yosemite, starting this weekend and covering two weeks for the whole trip.
     
  4. Aug 23, 2004 #3
    Oh, maybe I can call in on those seismic survey groups in Yosemite. That certainly looks like a beautiful place.
     
  5. Aug 23, 2004 #4

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    Death Valley, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Napa Valley, Monterrey Bay, Redwood Forest, Mystery Spot (Santa Cruz), Mt. Rainier...are all quite interesting.
     
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    Sequoia National Forest
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  7. Aug 23, 2004 #6

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    in oregon...crater lake definitely, do you like to hike a decent climb? try smith rock in central oregon (hiking it changed my life!)...and the rocky mountains in the west are spectacular from what i hear, however the volcanoes here in oregon are even more magnificent because you are looking at 10,000 feet and higher mountains from the valley...
     
  8. Aug 23, 2004 #7

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    If it's not too far otu of your way, I've always thought Meteor Crater, in Arizona would be a cool place to visit.
     
  9. Aug 23, 2004 #8

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    oh definitely! i was there about 5 years ago, and it is quite a sight to see!
     
  10. Aug 23, 2004 #9
    Come to England. Walk for 5 minutes in London and you can see all of the major sites: London Eye, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Houses of Parlament, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods etc.... Only 5 minutes. :biggrin:

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  11. Aug 23, 2004 #10

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    Ah, The Bob, you miss the point that Adam - the US's biggest critic on PF - only wishes to appreciate places of "natural scenery" ; not things created by the vile denizens of this land. :biggrin: :wink: :tongue2:
     
  12. Aug 23, 2004 #11
    LoL. :rofl: It was a joke as he is travelling the US. :biggrin: Hehe :smile:

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    P.S. You from England then???
     
  13. Aug 23, 2004 #12
    I was recently in the west side of USA. I can say I see almost every national park. If you can go to Yellowstone (though it is more to the center) go! Yosemite is also beautiful but Yellowstone is better :)... I recommend you to go to the Grand Canyon to see it from above (but it's so big that you almost don't see clearly the other side) If you want to feel inside of a Canyon go to the Zion National Park...I went to many of these parks, but for me, Zion was the most beautiful, it has a peculiar red color. Sequoia is also quite impressive but if you prefer to see wild life Yellowstone is the best one.
    Ahhh... I also recommend you to go to some old cowboy town, one of those along the route 66, the two that I most remember are Williams and Oakman. Ja,ja...oakman is like a surreal city... in the middle of nowhere in the desert with a lot of donkeys walking in the street :surprise: ...it is very small and there is almost nothing but it worth to see it because is like being in a old cowboy movie...it is really surreal.
     
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  14. Aug 23, 2004 #13
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    And no, I am not anti-USA in any way. I also plan to visit man-made sites, as I did the last time I was there.
     
  15. Aug 23, 2004 #14

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    As others have suggested, the Sequoia National Forest is really cool, and Napa Valley is where all the wineries are...it's best to plan to stay in a hotel near there, even better if the hotel has a shuttle to pick you up at the end of your day of wine-tasting. You didn't say how long you'd be in the US or what part of California you were starting in? That might alter the sights you go see. I think the most fun in terms of natural scenery is if you're in Southern California and drive to Arizona, you can go from sunny beaches, to snowy mountains to desert in just an hour or two.
     
  16. Aug 23, 2004 #15
    I'm starting at a friend's place in Bakersfield, and I really have no idea how long I will be over there.
     
  17. Aug 23, 2004 #16
    The wine thing sounds good. I live in such an area myself, and enjoy a drop now and then.
     
  18. Aug 24, 2004 #17

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    aussie wine is my favorite, especially the reds...
     
  19. Aug 24, 2004 #18

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    If you're heading through the Rockies of Colorado, check out Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Not as popular as the Grand Canyon, since it's not the 'biggest', but offers much more in the way of beauty. It's not too far from Mesa Verde, which is also an interesting trip.

    If you like the four-wheeling experience, a trip up to the Great Sand Dunes via the eastern side of the Modano pass is quite an experience. Get yourself one of those disc shaped sleds and try some kind of silicon spray on the bottom if you tour the dunes. All the good camp sites are back in the pass, where the average tourist can't get to, so a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle is preferable.

    And if you get up by Colorado Springs, check out the Garden of the Gods, then drive up Rampart Range Road to the Rampart Reservoir, then stop by the Green Mountain Falls hiking trail on your way back down the Ute pass. It's short, but great photo backdrops with the two waterfalls that give Green Mountain Falls its name.

    If you're really into physical exertion, the Barr Trail up Pikes Peak is a great hike. You usually catch the train back down, or have someone meet you at the top to drive you back down. The train and road both take different routes than the hiking trail up, so, either way, you get to see at least two sides of the mountain.

    And, if you're coming out at the end of the spring, when the water's really running, yee haw! - you have to try one of the rafting trips down the Ark thru the Royal Gorge in the South or down the Colorado if you pass through further North.
     
  20. Aug 27, 2004 #19
    I'm not sure about driving around in a 4WD. I would bet it's quite expensive to hire one. However, I'd prefer to wander about afoot anyway. If I had the funds, I'd love to spend about a year walking all over North America, then another year heading south through Central and South America.
     
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