NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1511 times:
Well, between Christmas (I will call it Christmas, if you get offended, you can direct your complaints towards the nearest wall) and the middle of January, I'll be off of work and everything else all together.
I'm thinking about taking a road trip.
I'm looking to go west and/or north out of Austin, Texas, but not too far as to where I'll get stuck in bad, icy weather in my Grand Am.
Any suggestions of places to see, roads to travel, routes, etc? I plan for it to last for 1-2 weeks. Possible states to visit are NM, Arizona, Colorado, etc.
After I go, I'll post a trip report with lots and lots of pics of things that I visit, that members here have suggested.
Lucky for you to get that amount of time off.
There are plenty of great places to see out west. Check out Taos, NM, Bryce Canyon, the Rockies, Yellowstone, Lake Tahoe, Hiway 50 between Ely and Fallon Nevada (loneliest road in America), and if you have any money left, there is always Las Vegas.
You could always head towards Lake Havasu (where the old London Bridge is) on your way to the Grand Canyon (if going that far is doable) ... the desert is fairly nice and not too hot this time of year, and you may actually get to see it covered in snow in some spots.
I'm with 'Fly, Taos is nice, so is Sante Fe. If you wanna stick fairly close and not get into any 'weather' . . . might even wanna zip south to Tombstone, it's a rather interesting (one day is all that's required) trip. If it's relaxing you'd like, take it off the interstates and slow down.
WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1485 times:
Since what was to be the 1000th execution in the United States since 1977 was postponed in Virginia, you can find out where it now will be held, set up a tailgate and cheer like a little schooboy when the lights go dim.
NWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1479 times:
Quoting WellHung (Reply 5): Since what was to be the 1000th execution in the United States since 1977 was postponed in Virginia, you can find out where it now will be held, set up a tailgate and cheer like a little schooboy when the lights go dim.
And perhaps you can set up a little tent and protest it like a little hippy as well. Save the criminals!!! They are the real victims!!!!
DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1466 times:
When you leave Austin, head through Dallas and up to OKC, hook up with I-40 there and head west, from Amarrillo turn north and head up towards Dumas, Dalhart, and on up through Clayton, New Mexico, then pass through Capulin and head for Raton. There, hook up with I-25 and head north to Denver, there take I-70 westbound and pass through the rocky mountains, until you get to US 24 just past Vail, on highway 24 cut south, this highway eventually hooks up with US 285 in Buena Vista, follow US 285 down to Alamosa, from there head west on 160 over Wolf Creek Pass toward Durango, go through Durango toward Cortez, the road turns south toward the New Mexico line, follow it until 160 cuts off west toward the 4 corners. From the 4 corners you'll easily be able to get to Moab, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, or head south into Arizona, you may wish to cut back toward Shiprock, New Mexico and head down toward Flagstaff. If you follow the route I mentioned between Denver and Cortez you'll pretty much see most of the Rocky Mountains in colorado.
Ilikeyyc From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1373 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1457 times:
If I were making the trip, Las Vegas would be my final destination. I don't know how much of an outdoors person you are, but I would recommend stopping at some national parks along the way like Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Petrified National Forest, Mesa Verde, et. al.