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Old 03-04-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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I am planning a 3 week trip in June from SW of New Orleans through Dallas, TX - to Carlsbad, NM - Chandler, AZ - Grand Canyon - Monument Valley, UT - Alberquerque, NM - Santa Fe NM -
Does anyone have any suggestion or sites to see?
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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The redwoods in California, Yosemite, Mt. Rushmore just for a few!!
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:27 PM   #3
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The redwoods in California, Yosemite, Mt. Rushmore just for a few!!
Unfortunately, those sites are nowhere near where the OP is going.

If you are going to Carlsbad, you are most likely going to see the caverns, and they are worth it.
The Meteor Crater in Arizona is pretty cool.
If you get as far as Kingman, AZ, the drive up to Oatman is a nice day trip. Just don't take your camper, as its kindof windy.
On the way back, if you wander into soutwest Colorado, there is a steam engine train that goes from Durango to Silverton. Absolutely awesome.
And if you want to camp in Silverton, you can rent a jeep and cruise the old mining roads, stunning scenery.
There is obviously far more than can be packed into just three weeks!
Have a great trip.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:29 PM   #4
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"Does anyone have any suggestion or sites to see?"
As much as you possibly can!
Sounds like fun!
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:37 PM   #5
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And Mesa Verde National Park in SW Colorado.
Haven't been there yet, but it is on the bucket list.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:26 AM   #6
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Great Sand Dune National Park just west of Pueblo, north of Taos. Amazing place.
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The Marble Canyon area is really something to see. We loved it and will be going back. Look at images on Google and you will see what I am talking about. You can camp right by the Colorado River near where it passes through the Grand Canyon. Lees Ferry was $12 a night. If you are 62 or older get a Golden Age pass for $10 and you will get into the Grand Canyon free of charge. It is $25 reg price, unless it went up!

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We're making the same trip in mid-May. PM if you would like our plans.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:57 AM   #9
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Sounds like you are coming into AZ via the 10. If so I would suggest stopping at Kartchner Caverns SP. It's just 9 miles south of Benson. This is a living cave so it's much more interesting than most caves.

Arizona State Parks: Kartchner Caverns: Cave Tour Information

You'll find other AZ state parks at the link above as well.

When heading north from Phoenix/Chandler... up near Sedona you have Montezuma's Castle & Montezuma's Well. Both are worth a look as well.

East of Flagstaff coming into Winslow you have the Meteor Crater and the Painted Desert. The campground at the crater is supposed to be nice and convenient to both.

I live right on the edge of Chandler, AZ so give us a shout when coming through. Be glad to buy ya a cup of joe or a beer!

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Sounds like you are coming into AZ via the 10. If so I would suggest stopping at Kartchner Caverns SP. It's just 9 miles south of Benson. This is a living cave so it's much more interesting than most caves.

Arizona State Parks: Kartchner Caverns: Cave Tour Information

You'll find other AZ state parks at the link above as well.

When heading north from Phoenix/Chandler... up near Sedona you have Montezuma's Castle & Montezuma's Well. Both are worth a look as well.

East of Flagstaff coming into Winslow you have the Meteor Crater and the Painted Desert. The campground at the crater is supposed to be nice and convenient to both.

I live right on the edge of Chandler, AZ so give us a shout when coming through. Be glad to buy ya a cup of joe or a beer!

X2. We did this a few years back while near there for a wedding. We had a whole bus load of people but it was very fun.
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On your way to NM. See if you can swing down to Big Bend National Park in West Texas. Thats really all I can suggest. Oh and yes that Meteor site in AZ is very cool. Wife and I enjoyed.
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To add onto my earlier post. If you would like to spend a few days in Southern AZ. Another option separate from Kartchner Caverns SP is Tombstone Territories RV Park. It's in a central location close to Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone and Bisbee.

Bisbee is an old mining town with a rich history, alot of shops and a mine tour at the Queen Mine. We did the mine tour last Sat and had a great time there.

Also if you are going to do Kartchner and only have time for 1 tour (there are 2) I would recommend the Rotunda/Throne Room over the Big Room.
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Go to Heard Museum in Phoenix. WONDERFUL Native American museum. Full of pottery, baskets, etc . . . lots of Anasazi artifacts.
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I agree Mesa Verde is worth the visit. Be aware that if your are traveling thru and stop there you will have to drop the trailer at the bottom.
C class motor homes only ones allowed to go up. And it's a good rule.

Palo Duro Canyon SP, just below Amarillo is good spot also.
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Go to Heard Museum in Phoenix. WONDERFUL Native American museum. Full of pottery, baskets, etc . . . lots of Anasazi artifacts.
X2. This would be a great day trip when you are in Chandler.
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