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    Default 4,500 miles in 17 days...

    I am planning a road trip to visit some of the national parks in the South West United States during the second half of November and wondered if you had any advice?

    The plan is:

    Nov 15th Houston - San Antonio
    Nov 16th San Antonio - Big Bend (10 bits Ranch)
    Nov 17th Big Bend (Big Bend National Park)
    Nov 18th Big Bend - El Paso
    Nov 19th El Paso - Globe
    Nov 20th Globe - Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park)
    Nov 21st Joshua Tree - Death Valley (Furnace Creek Inn)
    Nov 22nd Death Valley - Las Vegas
    Nov 23rd Las Vegas - Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Village)
    Nov 24th Grand Canyon - Zion (Zion Lodge)
    Nov 25th Zion (Zion and Bryce National Parks)
    Nov 26th Zion - Moab
    Nov 27th Moab (Arches National Park)
    Nov 28th Moab - National Monument (Goulding's Lodge)
    Nov 29th National Monument - Santa Fe
    Nov 30th Sante Fe - Canyon (Palo Dura Canyon)
    Dec 1st Canyon - Fort Worth (Billy Bob's)
    Dec 2nd Forth Worth - Houston

    I have tried to keep each day <8 hours and around 300-400 miles, most of our sight seeing will be along the way.

    We will probably try to visit Chloride City while in Death Valley, I found a really great description on this site, and was looking for some other side trips that we could include or things not to miss.

    Thanks
    Kym

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    Default Can I go with you?

    Quote Originally Posted by kymdc View Post
    I am planning a road trip to visit some of the national parks in the South West United States
    Looks like an excellent plan! Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    Nov 15th Houston - San Antonio
    Nov 16th San Antonio - Big Bend (10 bits Ranch)
    Nov 17th Big Bend (Big Bend National Park)
    I would suggest some dinner at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua and you might also enjoy this hot spring resort.
    You might also enjoy the McDowell Mountain Regional Park north of Fountain Hills -- I think if is one of the nicest in the region -- (instead of Globe). Actually, I hope you are planning on stopping at Saguaro National Park. For drives in Arizona -- this page can not be beat as a resource planning page.
    Nov 20th Globe - Joshua Tree (Joshua Tree National Park)
    Nov 21st Joshua Tree - Death Valley (Furnace Creek Inn)
    Excellent. -- here is a field report.
    Nov 22nd Death Valley - Las Vegas
    Nov 23rd Las Vegas - Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Village)
    Nov 24th Grand Canyon - Zion (Zion Lodge)
    This could be tricky if the roads are closed due to snow....
    Nov 25th Zion (Zion and Bryce National Parks)
    Nov 26th Zion - Moab
    Here is another field report from the area.
    Nov 27th Moab (Arches National Park)
    Nov 28th Moab - National Monument (Goulding's Lodge)
    Consider the Mystery Valley Tour!
    Nov 29th National Monument - Santa Fe
    Nov 30th Sante Fe - Canyon (Palo Dura Canyon)

    Sounds like an excellent trip! Here is a list of our other Death Valley favorites and if you can reach the Sliding Stones -- you will never forget them!

    Mark

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    Wow thanks for the quick response.... I'll definitely check out your suggestions for Arizona - Globe was just a 'half way between where we were and where we needed to be' stop.

    I'll also be sure to keep an eye on the weather reports for the trip to Zion

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