Hey everybody !
We're planning a Texas road trip in late March (or early April) in 2009 and i was hoping for some advice on.. well.. just about anything and everything! All the things we've perhaps not considered or even thought about. We're ignorant to western Texas and will appreciate any help & advice ;)
This will be our third road trip to the good 'ol USA. We love America! This all started back in 2006 when we spent almost 2 months seeing many parts of your country (Iowa, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and a couple more). Wow great times! Last year was a smaller adventure over 3 weeks, starting in Las Vegas, we did a circle that covered southern Utah/Colorado and parts of Arizona and New Mexico. This was a great vacation and we got to see some incredible places. One that stands out was R66 in northern Arizona with the Grand Canyon Caverns and lots of lovely town stops. Beats using the Interstate!!
Anyhow, we racked up about 6,000 miles in 2006 and approx 2,000 last year. Good times! Tiring some of the time, but totally worth it.
Being from England means that (for me) it's the atmosphere, settings, people, locations and so much more that I cannot put into words that makes it a wonderful vacation. Now we want to explore Texas, especially the south west/Big Bend area of Texas. I've recently been doing a lot of googling that's taken me to a few good websites with a raft of information on great towns to see, many ghost towns, the more scenic routes to take and more... But nothing beats talking direct with people that have actually been :)
The start of our road trip is pretty much set in stone: we begin in Houston, heading south to Galveston, then west to Corpus Christi and finally onto San Antonio. (each place a couple night stay). From San Antonio is were the road trip will really begin for me. You see, we do love the cities of America and we've had some amazing times, buuuut we love the "real" America more. The remote places, rural sights, the everyday people and distant locations that most others would never think of doing. This is the adventure for us (are we strange? lol). Back in '06 we met a great fella in Roswell and I explained all the above to him. He seemed impressed that we wanted to visit the places a typical foreign tourist wouldn't think of doing.
Now, we've 'only' got 4 weeks next year to see as much as possible and this is exactly what we want to do in Texas! Googling has taken me to some good information on many types of "ghost towns" along with many other places I wouldn't ever have thought about, like Del Rio. I'm a keen amateur photographer and I'm hoping to get lots a shots done in SW Texas. I'm also looking for advice on the best routes to take, ie: we don't want to hit a boring Interstate and miss out on anything! I'd also love to hear peoples opinions on cool towns to visit and things to see, such as the info I've recently read about Del Rio, Fredericksburg, Fort Stockton, Fort Davis and Fort Lancaster. (plus tons others but this posting is starting to get too big!). Not to mention ghost towns! :D
We're both really excited about next year, if you can't tell. Looking forward to peoples replies. Thanks all !!