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  1. Default Nevada & Arizona roadtrip - Aussies needing help

    Hi everyone,

    I'm just new to the forum as we will soon be moving to USA from Australia. We have about 10 days off in December and would like to take a roadtrip from San Diego. We're just in the initial stages of planning, but the following is a list of places we would like to see:

    Las Vegas
    Grand Canyon
    Rainbow Bridge
    Monument Valley
    Mesa Verde
    Meteor Crater
    Sedona

    Have we missed any 'Must Sees' in the area?

    Are we likely to encounter any problems due to weather in later December? In fact, what weather can we expect?

    Is this trip a little ambitious? We don't want to spend the whole trip driving and we really want to get a good feel for our new country.

    What is the best type of accommodation to book? We have a dog and would love to bring her with us, but I'm not sure whether we can easily travel with a dog in the US. (i.e. how can we find accommodation who allow will our dog to stay behind when we are in National Parks?)

    We love undertaking roadtrips and do them regularly in Australia, but organising one in a new country will be a whole new experience.

    Thanks in advance for any advice given.

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    Default Your Travels with Charley

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Let's see. You've certainly got the highlights of the area covered, but you can probably see a lot more with ten days. Other places to consider would be Oatman and Seligman, some of the 'other' locations around the Grand Canyon and Sedona, Death Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Mojave National Preserve... You seem well aware that you'll have to pick and choose what you want to spend your time on. You won't be able to see it all in only ten days, but you can see a lot.

    There is a good chance you will see snow at some point during your trip with the most likely places being at the Grand Canyon, Southern Utah parks, or when driving over the mountains from the coast to the interior. Just leave yourself a little wiggle room (say a day's leeway) in your schedule so that you can sit out any serious snow storm and you'll be fine.

    Before you bring your dog to the US, be sure to check the CDC regulations and make sure that all vaccinations are up to date and that your pet is in generally good health. Most motel chains in the US have web sites that will let you check the pet friendliness of their locations. I can assure you, however, that most will not simply let you leave the dog behind all day in your room. Also check the National Park web sites to see if you can't bring the dog along on a leash so he can enjoy the trip as well.

    AZBuck

  3. Default Accomodation with a dog

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Before you bring your dog to the US, be sure to check the CDC regulations and make sure that all vaccinations are up to date and that your pet is in generally good health. Most motel chains in the US have web sites that will let you check the pet friendliness of their locations. I can assure you, however, that most will not simply let you leave the dog behind all day in your room. Also check the National Park web sites to see if you can't bring the dog along on a leash so he can enjoy the trip as well.

    AZBuck
    Thanks for the reply. We have our dog's move well in hand. It's actually pretty easy to bring a dog from Australia to the US. Not quite so easy on the return journey, but we'll worry about that when the time comes.

    If we have the dog on this roadtrip, we'd rather not stay in hotels. In Australia we usually stay in Bed & Breakfast's (B&Bs) who allow the dog for a small fee extra and usually have a fenced yard to leave them during the day. Or Caravan parks with self contained cabins. Can anyone recommend any websites to look at which could provide options for these types of accomodation.

    Thanks

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    Default Motels still seem a better choice

    Quote Originally Posted by 1000hound View Post
    If we have the dog on this roadtrip, we'd rather not stay in hotels.
    The tradition here in America is pet-friendly motel chains and just about every national motel chain has a well-defined policy. I don't know of any B&Bs that allow guests to leave their dogs onsite. Here are a few more recommendations.

    Mark

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    Default Check Out Route 66

    A great drive on a great old road. Usually, youre right by I-40 so if you get short on time, you can hop back on with ease,

    We had a great time in Williams, Az, the night we stayed there. The Grand Motel will give you a good taste of old Route 66 motels. Williams is regarded as the Gateway to the gRand Canyon.

    The Blue Swallow Motel (FROM 1939) in Tucumcari is a definite stop.

    Keep on Down that Two Lane Highway. RoadDog

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