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  1. Default Natchez Trace, Houma La, Carlsbad Caverns, Tuscon

    I plan to leave Charlotte, NC in early April, drive to Huntsville, Alabama, then follow the Natchez Trace to Natchez, Mi. From there I'm going to Houma, La for a few days with friends. I'll then drive across Texas to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park, before heading over to Tucson to spend awhile there with an old friend.

    Any tips on what not to miss along the way? Advice on the Natchez Trace? Should I visit El Paso?

    I plan to camp along the way. I hope to make the trip out and back in about 4 weeks.

    Thanks for any advice or tips that will make the road trip more interesting.


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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default ...And Home Again

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    You've laid out a fairly detailed itinerary for your RoadTrip to Tucson and have clearly given some thought to both what you'd like to see and how you'll go about getting there. The Natchez Trace is, as I'm sure you're aware, a two-lane limited-access parkway with no services and a modest speed limit. It's a great road for a relaxed drive, but you will have to leave it for food, fuel, and (other than a couple of park visitor centers or historic sites) for things to do. Heading west from Houma, you might want to take some time and visit the bayou area of southwestern Louisiana by poking around the Creole Nature Trail. The Alamo and River Walk in San Antonio are other worthwhile stops. I'm not aware of anything in El Paso itself, but between Carlsbad Caverns and there you will be driving right by Guadalupe Mountains National Park. I would not recommend that you try to casually cross over to Ciudad Juárez or anywhere else along the border at the present time.

    Where your trip is completely wide open, however is on the way home. There is no need to simply retrace your route on the way back. Indeed you should be looking to maximize the number of new experiences you'll have by taking a distinctly different path home. Depending on how many days you plan to spend with your friends along the way you should have plenty of time for the eastbound leg of this RoadTrip, and if you've got a week or more then look into the possibility of the following. From Tucson, head north to the Grand Canyon and then basically follow I-40 home past Petrified National, Forest Petroglyph National Monument, Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, the Oklahoma City Memorial, Memphis, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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