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  1. Default RV travel/St Louis to Southwest U.S./Four corners/2 weeks

    We are planning a Trip to Southwest U.S. from St Louis, MO...Renting RV for two weeks...Looking for advice on sites to see, things to avoid and be watchful for...flexible...Grand Canyon, four corners, and anything of interest in New Mexico, AZ, Southern Utah...West Texas...have a general plan in place, using some useful travel software, but like to hear from seasoned travelers (especially RV folks) Thanks in advance!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default The best two things to do first.

    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    First two things you would be wise to do is go to AAA and get some good maps of all the States you plan to traverse. These will show you where all those magnificent national parks are and the routes between them. It will also show you the number of national parks not yet on your list. As well as that it will show you the other attractions in each State..... historical, natural and touristy, etc.

    When you have some dots on the maps, you may find the following paragraph helpful:-

    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck
    Start with maps. Not GPS, not software, not Google, but real honest-to-god paper maps that show you your entire route, that you can mark up (and erase), that you can stick pins in, and that show something about the land you'll be driving through. Those are your essential tool in any RoadTrip planning process. Start by marking all the places you know you want to visit. Then connect the dots. Then look for more places of interest and scenic routes along the lines connecting the dots. Repeat until you've got as many sites and roads as you think you want.
    Once you have a basic route, and the dates you will be at the major NPs, you will need to get on and book accommodation within the national parks - highly recommended. For parks such as the Grand Canyon this will most likely all be booked up for this summer, but if you keep checking back (daily or more often) you may be lucky, as cancellations do happen.

    While doing this, as more questions arise feel free to ask. Someone will be able to answer them.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Is flying an option ?

    Have you considered flying out west and back and then renting the RV for a loop trip ? From St L to the GC you are already looking at 6 days driving out and back and there is just so much to see and do while out there, National parks such as Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde and the likes of Monument valley, Antelope canyon, Lake Powell and so on. If you are to drive out west I would certainly be looking at Colorado for beautiful scenery and attractions. As there are just so many options to choose from it would be better if you were to share your general plan and then we can make suggestion based around them rather than taking a shot in the dark.

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    The option to fly out, rent Rv in the area and fly back is a good one...Thank you for your question...Is there an established "loop" trip that is quite common for RV'ers once in the Southwest area?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    We here all believe that a road trip should be one that YOU want to do, not an "established" loop trip. You could fly into Las Vegas, or into LAX (though given a choice, I'd avoid LAX), and get an RV there. It would save a lot of $$ for mileage, since they typically charge mileage.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Some pointers.

    There are a number of options and then different variations in each one, so lots of choices that will take a little research on your part. From Vegas you could head to the Grand canyon, through Monument valley to Four corners and Mesa Verde and then up to Moab for Arches and Canyonlands NP's before heading through Capital Reef to Bryce canyon and Zion NP's and back to Vegas. An alternative would be to go from GC to Bryce and Zion and perhaps across to Yosemite in California. From LA you could head to GC >Bryce>Zion>Yosemite>Sequoia [or coast] and back to LA. From Denver you could visit some of Colorado's finest, Rocky mountain, Black canyon and Mesa Verde before heading to the GC and turning around. The above examples are just a small example of all the great things the west has to offer.

    Much will depend on what pace you like to travel at and what your main interests are and once you have a basic plan set out we can help to tweak it and make suggestions. Perhaps these 2 RV trips will give you some insight and help you to build your own unique trip. San Francisco loop and Denver loop.

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    Fantastic information Southwest Dave...Thank you very much for your input...yes, much research on our part to finalize plans and we are currently on it! Cheers

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