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    The Apache Trail is still the wild west

    Hello!

    The Apache Trail (AZ 88) between Roosevelt Dam and Tortilla Flat is one of my favorite drives in the state--but I drive a Jeep with reasonably good clearance. There's a 20 mile section of...
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    Howdy! (And welcome to Arizona, a wee bit in...

    Howdy! (And welcome to Arizona, a wee bit in advance! ;-)

    Austin is a great town, highly recommended, but if you do go that way, don't even think about making the "long drive to Phoenix" in a...
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    A word about the El Tovar

    The El Tovar is a beautiful old hotel, a little worn around the edges after a hundred years, but--location, location! If staying there, specifically, is a must, book it soon, because they fill up as...
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    Check out our book for scenic routes in Arizona and New Mexico!

    Hello!

    Since you specifically requested advice on scenic routes and time scales, you really should take a look at our book:

    Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

    I think you'll find...
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    Grand Canyon Update

    That proposal to build a tramway to the confluence of the big and Little Colorado Rivers is pretty much dead, but since I first posted this report about my trip through the Grand Canyon, something...
  6. Every guide book has its pros and cons. I like to...

    Every guide book has its pros and cons. I like to think ours is a cut above the rest, in the sense that it takes a different approach. Mark added a link to the Side Trips Blog. There was one post in...
  7. Sticky: Missing Section?

    Hello again:

    What happened to:

    "Next up: More from Kingman and beyond."

    I was looking forward to that section, since it includes some of my late in-laws favorite rock hounding sites. Was it...
  8. Sticky: This is Great!

    Welcome to the Forum, Thomas, and thank you for posting what appears to be a great resource! My wife's parents were hard-core Rockhounds here in Arizona, beginning back in the 1950's. They spent...
  9. You really should check out the book....

    Hello!

    The area in, around, and between Carlsbad Caverns, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Sedona includes some of the most fabulous scenery and most interesting attractions in the American Southwest....
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    Sticky: Donna: That's what I was going to say, but...

    Donna:

    That's what I was going to say, but Mark beat me to it! Aside from The Milepost, there isn't a lot of good information about those lonely roads in Alaska. It was really good of you to...
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    Sticky: Some additional precautions

    I'll start by saying that I'm really happy to see this; I'm one of those people who has, does, and loves to travel south of the border!

    Regarding the service stations: to the best of my knowledge...
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    Hello! Is 5 days the total amount of time for...

    Hello!

    Is 5 days the total amount of time for your trip, or just for the drive? Houston to Miami and back by the most direct route is almost 2400 miles. If you plan to spend even a single day in...
  13. It's the Altitude!

    Donna:

    Great report so far; love your pictures, and all those little details that make your posts so informative!

    Your horrible night and rough morning at the North Rim is almost undoubtedly a...
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    Another Satisfied Customer, Heeding Good Advice!

    Two points to Buck for the easy lay-up, with kudos to Mark for the assist!
  15. Sticky: When it comes to miles on the road, just as it is...

    When it comes to miles on the road, just as it is with most good things in life:

    "It's not the quantity; it's the quality!"

    Rick
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    A few photos to whet your appetite

    I took a trip through New England to see the Autumn leaves back in 2014. Vermont was the hands-down favorite for scenic beauty, and that stretch through Smuggler's Notch was one of my favorite parts...
  17. Sticky: Nice job, Dave. A lot of familiar places seen in...

    Nice job, Dave. A lot of familiar places seen in a new light, through fresh eyes, and that's always fun. Glad you made it home safe and sound; I suspect you're already planning your next installment?...
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    Hello! Since you're going to be in Stowe, you...

    Hello!

    Since you're going to be in Stowe, you absolutely positively have to make the drive up and over the mountain on VT-108, through Smuggler's Notch. Don't stop at the ski area and turn back...
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    I'm extremely proud to report one more literary award: Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips took a Bronze medal in the Travel category at the 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES Awards.
    ...
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    Hello! If driving into Phoenix on I-17...

    Hello!

    If driving into Phoenix on I-17 frightens you, US 60 would be a terrible alternative, as there are some very steep grades through the Salt River Canyon north of Globe. Heading down I-25 and...
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    Consider treating yourself!

    I've no idea what sort of budget you're working with, but if you're ready for a somewhat nicer hotel by the time you get to Holbrook, keep driving for another half an hour (30 more miles) to Winslow....
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    Please don't try to do this in three days!

    Hello, and welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Please, for the sake of yourselves and everyone else on the road, stretch the trip to at LEAST 4 nights and 5 days. 750 miles per day is not a pace that we...
  23. Hello! We should add that you'll most...

    Hello!

    We should add that you'll most definitely find kindred spirits on these forums. A fair number of our members have done what you're doing, for varying periods of time. The founders of this...
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    Sticky: Donna: That was one heck of a lot of work! I...

    Donna:

    That was one heck of a lot of work! I can imagine that a LOT of folks will find this information very useful. Thanks so much for putting this together!

    Rick
  25. Sticky: Far worse!

    Dave:

    A full grown elk weighs in at a good 700 pounds; hit one of those at any kind of speed and it's astonishing how much damage can result. I'd say it's a very good thing that you didn't find...
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