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  1. #1

    Default West for Thanksgiving

    I have one week around Thanksgiving that will be spent on a road trip. I am trying to figure out just how far I should go. I will be traveling with my nephew on his first road trip from Houston, Texas. I have never travelled with a twelve year old boy before. We are going to attempt to see White Sands New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns, and I am just not sure I want to try for the Grand Canyon if I am the only driver. I am planning to leave on Sunday before Thanksgiving at this point, I may however leave the Friday before.

    What are some must see areas out side of Texas that would be accessible in November?

    Aunt S

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default The right track

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I think you are very much on the right track. A trip focusing on Big Bend NP, Carlsbad Caverns, and White Sands would seem to be about right for a one week trip. I would also agree that Grand Canyon would be a bit too far, especially if you are the only driver. I'd try puting "Texas" into the Forum's search engine for a few more specific things to do between Houston and West Texas/New Mexico.

    Also, don't forget to really get the input of the 12 year old and find out what sort of things would really interest him. Letting him play a big part of the planning will go a long way towards everyone having a good time.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default A Canyon Too Far

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Michael is right on track with both including your nephew in the planning and in ruling out the Grand Canyon. At a reasonable pace for a lone driver and taking into account that you want to see things along the way rather than just 'get there', you could easily use 8 to 10 days just getting to the Canyon and back.

    Just some of the attractions along the way that bear looking into are the Alamo and San Antonio in general; the 'other' Alamo (the movie set) north of Brackettville, TX; Judge Roy Bean Museum in Langtry, TX; Great Bend National Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site and McDonald Observatory outside Fort Davis, TX; Guadalupe National Park; Carlsbad Caverns National Park; White Sands National Monument; and Roswell, NM and the UFO museum. If you feel like you can go a bit farther, consider the Very Large Array just west of Socorro, NM; the Salinas Pueblos just southeast of Albuquerque, NM; and Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque.

    As a general plan, I think you'd do well to plan a stop every couple of hours to see something or have a meal, just to spend some time out of the car doing stuff. And for your own sake, you might want to leave a day or so earlier and come back a day earlier to leave yourself a day to decompress and get things re-organized for your return to the workaday world. Great of you, though, to take your nephew on such an adventure.


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