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    well it depends what you want to do. there are...

    well it depends what you want to do. there are historical spots like Gettysburg in Penn. but for national park kind of beauty, there is a lot more in the west. i always found Penn to be a long, long...
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    Capitol Reef is great and overlooked. It is...

    Capitol Reef is great and overlooked. It is definitely worth a trip there. There a few short popular hikes and Spring Canyon is wonderful. Spring Canyon, the lower section, can be done as a day...
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    10 days is plenty of time to see denali and the...

    10 days is plenty of time to see denali and the Anch area. Anchorage is a great town in many ways but it depends on what you want to do as to whether it is a good base. There is great museum about...
  4. Weather- July can be rainy and cloudy. September...

    Weather- July can be rainy and cloudy. September is beautiful and clear. However our weather has, for the last few years, been unpredictable so it's anybodies guess what the weather will be. We don't...
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    FWIW I've stayed in lot of Motel 6's over the...

    FWIW I've stayed in lot of Motel 6's over the last few years and never had a bad experience. Some are brand new. You can also try non-chain motels which are often cheap. Iíve found the Holiday Inn...
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    Also worth checking out is the area known as the...

    Also worth checking out is the area known as the Valley of the God's. It is in between Mexican Hat and Monument Valley. It is similar to Moun. Valley but you can easily drive through on your own. Not...
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    A lot of state DOT's have there own phone and web...

    A lot of state DOT's have there own phone and web sites just for road info. I would check each state to see what they have, some will have just the info you are looking for. I use...
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    Well you're not crazy, at least for wanting to...

    Well you're not crazy, at least for wanting to see all 48. I am 8 short of all 50 and may finish all of them this year. I spent a couple in Reno a few years ago and went up to Tahoe several times and...
  9. When you get the Milepost double check about the...

    When you get the Milepost double check about the RV parks but I would be surprised to find any open. All motels will have plug ins.

    Regarding the biggest problem: if it gets very cold it usually...
  10. Not seem like I am going overboard on top of what...

    Not seem like I am going overboard on top of what others have said about the cold in Canada and Alaska, but it is a huge issue. Chains are wise especially for crossing the Rockies and good snow tires...
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    Well all the places you listed are absolutely...

    Well all the places you listed are absolutely beautiful ( I havenít been to big bend so I can't report on it). However in that time frame it may not be that warm in some places. Bryce will likely...
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    Wupatki NM is a good stop and a beautiful place....

    Wupatki NM is a good stop and a beautiful place. Itís close to Flagstaff which is a plus. it is especially scenic with snow although that may limit one of the hikes.

    Sedona is also scenic if you...
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    The one must have book is the The Milepost, it is...

    The one must have book is the The Milepost, it is a hyper detailed guide to the roads from Ak to the lower 48. From Ak to the lower 48 you don't have that many choices of road. there are a lot of...
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    you can see the aurora in northern Maine. However...

    you can see the aurora in northern Maine. However you are more likely to see it when there is more nighttime (re: winter). So that means serious cold and possible weather(snow, clouds). So even if...
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    More then chains, while in the sierra's, you need...

    More then chains, while in the sierra's, you need caution. if they have a big snow you are better off getting out of the mountains. tahoe is beautiful but the snow can be overwhelming, so have some...
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    Well Iím going to avoid the rental car issue. I...

    Well Iím going to avoid the rental car issue. I did this drive about 13 years ago although not the same route. We went up I-95 to new jersey to pick up our crap and toss it is a uhaul since we were...
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    All the points raised by others are correct. We...

    All the points raised by others are correct. We have light from 1030 to 3ish in December. Itís usually not very cold in anchorage but the light is a limitation. There is great cross country skiing...
  18. that's a lot of ground to cover. AZbuck's...

    that's a lot of ground to cover. AZbuck's suggestions are all solid. Other thoughts are Hatcher Pass which is 30-40 minutes from Wasilla. Itís a beautiful scenic area with an old mine you can tour....
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    FWIW Minuteman NP is a great place if you like...

    FWIW Minuteman NP is a great place if you like history and it is about 10 minutes outside of Badlands NP. they take you on a tour of an underground ballistic missle launch facility. very cool. it is...
  20. sounds like a great trip. it will be to early for...

    sounds like a great trip. it will be to early for snow up at mesa verde. This is strictly my opinion of course, but i found the petrified forest disappointing. The entire region has some great...
  21. The Santa Fe area is beautiful but tend to be...

    The Santa Fe area is beautiful but tend to be expensive and less authentic southwest. it is commercialized and touristy. however it is worth a stop.

    Mesa verde is fantastic and worth a day. Chaco...
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    I agree that is to long for one day. it would...

    I agree that is to long for one day. it would turn into a death march not pleasure. aside from getting to the GC, there can be traffic there and you spend a lot of time driving from spot to spot....
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    There is a lot to see in Yellowstone. i spent...

    There is a lot to see in Yellowstone. i spent three and half days there and saw a lot but i was on my own and moving fast. look at what there is to see there and how much time you think you will...
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    you can most likely find snow in the San Gabriel...

    you can most likely find snow in the San Gabriel mountains that border the greater LA area to the north.
  25. there is a lot of great hiking throughout the...

    there is a lot of great hiking throughout the southwest. the GC has a lot of hikes from the rim heading down into the canyon. to cope with the heat you want to take a lot of water and try to hike in...
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