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  1. Default Road trip Dallas-Denver-Las Vegas in 2 weeks

    Hi!!

    we are five people from Sweden and would like too see some scenic routs.

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    Default For a Few Miles (and Hours) More

    Välkomnande! Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    The standard way from Dallas to Denver would be US-287 all the way, through Amarillo and then on to Denver. That would take about a day and a half (with no long stops). Many Americans would consider it a relatively non-scenic road since it spends by far the bulk of its time on the high, dry, flat plains traversing cattle ranching country for the most part. It might prove interesting to folks such as yourselves who are used to something quite different.

    However, if you have a couple of days (plus time for any stops you might want to make) then you can do quite a bit better as far as scenery goes. You would still take US-287 out of Dallas to Amarillo, but as time and your inclination permits, you can wander off it onto some more interesting back roads such as those included in the Texas Lakes Trail and the Texas Plains Trail. At Amarillo, you'd get on I-40 and take that west to US-285 north in New Mexico. This will take you up through the Rockies and let you approach Denver from the mountains rather than the plains. Along US-285, there are worthwhile stops in Santa Fe and Taos which still display their Spanish and Native American Cultures to advantage, and if you use the shortcut of CO-17 between Alamosa and Villa Grove CO, then you can visit the BACA National Wildlife Refuge as well.

    AZBuck

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    Default Denver onwards.

    To continue your journey on from Denver to Vegas you will be driving through some splendid scenery with lots to do and see nearby. North of Denver you will find Rocky mountain NP where you could cross the highest continous road in America, the 'Trail Ridge Road' to Grand Lake. You can then head west on I70 all the way to Moab in Southern Utah, home to the wonderful National parks of Arches and Canyonlands. On route you could detour onto US6 and over the continental divide at Loveland Pass and visit Colorado National Monument near Fruita. You could head instead head further south, perhaps through Leadville to US50 which takes you over Monarch Pass, through Currecanti Rec. area to Black canyon of the Gunnison.

    Between Moab and Vegas you could opt for Utah scenic Byway 12 to Bryce canyon, Grand canyon North rim and Zion NP. Alternatively you could head to Monument valley and the south rim of the Grand canyon, perhaps detouring to Four Corners and Mesa Verde NP.

    There are thousands of alternatives to choose from, so I would suggest you do a little research and look at a good map of the area, it's your trip and the more you put into the planning, the more you will get out of the trip. Once you have made a start and got the basics sorted we can help to 'fine tune' your trip and make suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck View Post
    Along US-285, there are worthwhile stops in Santa Fe and Taos which still display their Spanish and Native American Cultures to advantage, and if you use the shortcut of CO-17 between Alamosa and Villa Grove CO...
    Alamosa is the gateway to the Great Sand Dunes NP, one of the lesser known national parks. Well worth visiting.

    Lifey

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