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Old Aug 8, 07, 10:45 pm
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Road Trip Suggestions

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Ok, I am asking all the FTers out there for suggestions on sights to see while moving. Next Wednesday (Aug 15) I am starting a 4 day drive from San Diego to Albuquerque to Tulsa to Chicago to South Bend. Since I will be going it alone, I was looking to all you road warriors for suggestions of things to see that would break up the drive. Thanks.

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Old Aug 8, 07, 10:53 pm
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You haven't stated any particular interests, so I have no idea if museums ar what you have in mind, but as you pass through Oklahoma City you will drive right by both the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum and the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Edited to add: You'll also drive right past THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE HERITAGE CENTER & MUSEUM on I-40 in Amarillo.
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Old Aug 9, 07, 5:17 am
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I assume you're heading north to I40 pretty quickly. If so, you can hit the Grand Canyon. Or, if you've seen it, go north at Flagstaff and turn east at Tuba City past Second Mesa and Keams Canyon. Turn north on 191 to Canyon de Chelly National Monument, on to 4 corners.

As an alternative, turn SE at Flagstaff for the short trip down Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona - spectacular scenery.

If that's too much off track, east of Flagstaff are 2 sights not very far from the interstate: the giant crater (remember Starman with Jeff Bridges?), and Petrified Forest National Park.

At Albuquerque, driving to the top of Sandia Peak is fairly nice. Get some relief from the heat.

You could go scuba diving at the Blue Hole - a spring-fed sinkhole with great depth and water clarity in Santa Rosa, NM. Only about a minute off I40.
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Old Aug 9, 07, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by Wainwright View Post
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Ok, I am asking all the FTers out there for suggestions on sights to see while moving. Next Wednesday (Aug 15) I am starting a 4 day drive from San Diego to Albuquerque to Tulsa to Chicago to South Bend. Since I will be going it alone, I was looking to all you road warriors for suggestions of things to see that would break up the drive. Thanks.

- Wainwright
Hey, are you a domer? GO IRISH!!! If you wanna stop at a nice place to overnight in Tulsa, the Southern Hills Marriott has an IBM rate of $76 / night (never been asked for company ID). You know what is crazy... I just was on a project in TUL for 11 months yet cannot think of anything to recommend seeing / doing there. hmm...
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Old Aug 9, 07, 9:35 am
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Thanks to all three.

Museums are always good, as are parks/monuments, or even awesome local places of interest. I was mainly looking for things relatively close to the freeway (the 40). As yet the only thing I have planned is a stop for lunch at the Grand Canyon. Otherwise, I have seen most of California, and a lot from Chicago out east. I have never been anywhere in between. All I have seen of that land, is the view from a plane.
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i think there are a lot of opps to get onto route 66 for your itinerary... there is a lot of kitschy americana to be seen there, i think.
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Old Aug 9, 07, 9:36 am
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Hey, are you a domer?
As of next week...yes. ND for grad school.
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Old Aug 9, 07, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by Wainwright View Post
Thanks to all three.

Museums are always good, as are parks/monuments, or even awesome local places of interest. I was mainly looking for things relatively close to the freeway (the 40). As yet the only thing I have planned is a stop for lunch at the Grand Canyon. Otherwise, I have seen most of California, and a lot from Chicago out east. I have never been anywhere in between. All I have seen of that land, is the view from a plane.
This place is different. And right off of 40 on your way east!

http://www.meteorcrater.com/index.php
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Old Aug 18, 07, 8:21 pm
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Ok, here is what happened. I stopped at the south rim of the grand canyon, meteor crater, and Oklahoma City Memorial. Then I added a stay in Chicago for fun. To those who made suggestions, thanks. The crater was pretty cool...not something you see everyday. Unfortunately I got into New Mexico too late to do anything there...oh well. Off to explore South Bend...

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Originally Posted by Wainwright View Post
Ok, here is what happened. I stopped at the south rim of the grand canyon, meteor crater, and Oklahoma City Memorial. Then I added a stay in Chicago for fun. To those who made suggestions, thanks. The crater was pretty cool...not something you see everyday. Unfortunately I got into New Mexico too late to do anything there...oh well. Off to explore South Bend...

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Sounds like a cool road trip!
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Old Aug 19, 07, 9:17 am
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The drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon is probably the nicest drive I've ever done. You could duck into Sedona and then use the back roads to head to Flagstaff. The scenery changes ever 15 minutes as the climate changes due to the altitude.
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The drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon is probably the nicest drive I've ever done. You could duck into Sedona and then use the back roads to head to Flagstaff. The scenery changes ever 15 minutes as the climate changes due to the altitude.
The OP probably won't be ducking into Sedona any time soon, since he's already in Indiana.
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