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Old 04-29-2016, 08:28 AM   #1
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East to Branson Mo.

We're planning a 3.5 week Sept. trip from Calif. to Branson Mo. heading East on 40 and returning on 70. Aside from the Grand Canyon and a stop for Georgia O'Keefe do you have any other side trip ideas?
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Take a look at Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest National Park

Both are good places to take a break and stretch your legs.
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Royal gorge in southern Colorado is a nice stop. Also in the area is the Silverton -durando train ride. Pagoda Springs and Mesa Verde.
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Take a look at Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest National Park

Both are good places to take a break and stretch your legs.
x2 on Petrified Forest! Also check out the Painted Desert while in the area.

Down the road, the Sandia Peak Tramway near Albuquerque NM!

Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway - Sandia Peak Tramway

Once at the top, in addition to incredible views, there is all manner of hiking, from 15 minutes to multiple hours or days!

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5390081.pdf
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:35 AM   #5
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Thanks!

I've heard that Palo Duro canyon is worth the time as well. Any thoughts?
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:54 PM   #6
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Route 66 Around Oklahoma City

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We're planning a 3.5 week Sept. trip from Calif. to Branson Mo. heading East on 40 and returning on 70. Aside from the Grand Canyon and a stop for Georgia O'Keefe do you have any other side trip ideas?
If you're into history, there's many interesting stops on Route 66 around OKC. If you want to go out of your way, it goes NE to Springfield MO.
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I've heard that Palo Duro canyon is worth the time as well. Any thoughts?
Great place Palo Duro, have a show there called Texas ticket includes bar b que. Amarillo The Cadillac Ranch, Big Tex for the 72 Oz steak if you can eat it, it's free, then up to Oklahoma City to Oklahoma Bombing Memorial, Cowboy Hall of Fame then east on 40 to Ft Smith, AR to old Federal Courthouse Judge Parker (the hanging judge) courtroom + gallows, also future home to U.S.Marshalls museum. Then north on I-49 to Springdale, AR stop at AQ Chicken noted world wide for its fried chicken, then north to Bentonville, AR to Crystal Bridges 1st class art museum, go east on Hwy 12 to Eureka Springs, Arkansas (little Switzerland & the passion play) from good roads into Branson.
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We're planning a 3.5 week Sept. trip from Calif. to Branson Mo. heading East on 40 and returning on 70. Aside from the Grand Canyon and a stop for Georgia O'Keefe do you have any other side trip ideas?
Forgot when you leave Branson go n on Hwy 65 to Springfield (home to bass pro shop) then Hwy 13 n to Harrisonville, Mo where you will connect back with I-49 n to 435 w in Kansas City, Mo where you make connections to I-70 W.
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I'm just taking a guess here, but I'm thinking you are coming in on Route 44 and not 40?


If you stop at Oklahoma City, be sure to see the bombing memorial. It is well worth the time.

Enjoy your time in Branson. There is more to do there than any place else. We were just there last week. When you return on 70, be sure to get some good Kansas City Barbecue. No one agrees which one is best, but I like Joe's and Smoke House.
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Rt. 66 Diner Albuqueque...great shakes!
Big Texan Restaurant...your steak free if you can eat the whole 72 ouncer
& meal! Amarillo
Rt.66 Musuem Clinton Okla. ...a full exhibit to each decade on the 66...neato!
On the way home:
Tall Grass Prairie outside of Wichita
Drop down to Colorado Springs and see Garden of the Gods and take the Tram to the top of Pikes Peak.
Back Up near Denver, Estes Park and RockyMountain National park are awesome..Bear Lake is a great walk & photo place.
Grand Junction has Colorado National monument which is a wonderful drive through...but if you are pressed for time...you're better off going across the border near Moab and visiting both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. From there I'd get off 70 and head towards Bryce & Zion National Parks...Spectacular.
70 ends in Utah so I guess you can make your way home from there!

FWIW...Branson Lakeside RV park was a great place to stay with a short walk to riverside mall & entertainment and downtown...and shuttles to take you anywhere you want to go. Not a great place for "camping" but great for everything else.
Have a wonderul time!
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