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I've got about four (maybe five if I stretch it) days to travel a bit next week with my family. It's their spring break from school, and I'm going to take a couple days off work to stretch a weekend. 

 

We've been planning on going somewhere fun (and somewhere I can make some photos), but we haven't been able to make up our minds (it's mostly me who can't make up my mind--husband says he's happy to go wherever I choose).

 

We don't really want to go more than four or five hours away because we'd rather spend time playing than driving. We live on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah, which puts us in range of many beautiful and interesting places.

 

Possibilities include heading south to one or more of the amazing national parks in Southern Utah (Capitol Reef, Arches, Zion, Bryce). Maybe even further south and hitting Escalante National Monument and its environs. Or we could head north to Idaho to see family--with southeast Idaho as our base, we would include day trip to Bannack, Montana, a really cool, old ghost town and maybe Grand Teton National Park on another day. Or we could head west to Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Or maybe no national parks--just enjoying state parks (Utah has several of those), small towns, or something else interesting.

 

If you had just landed at Salt Lake City International Airport with four or five days to explore, and you could go anywhere within a four- or five-hour drive, where would YOU go?

 

 



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You could go to Moab, but it is crowded this time of year.  If you go north to Idaho, make sure you visit the small mountain town of Stanley,  in the middle of the Sawatch mtns, a most beautiful and peaceful place.  And don't forget a return visit to Pie Town, NM is always a culinary treat.



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I've been to Stanley, and it is indeed a beautiful place! It's been quite a few years since I've been, so maybe it's worth planning another trip. It's still a bit cold and snowy up north, so that's my main hesitation about traipsing around up there. Even if the snow has melted, it's still pretty brown and bare.

 

Moab is always fun, and my youngest has never been to Arches, so that definitely adds to the appeal. But I think you are right that it is in peak season right now--I wonder if we could even find a place to stay! Hm...



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Well the majority of what I know of the USA was gleaned from reading Bill Bryson's 'The Lost Continent', one of my favourite books but not the most flattering portrait of a country - albeit gently unflattering. I've worked in maybe a dozen countries but the only time I was in the States was a one week course at the Remington Firearms factory in New York State. Wherever you go, there is always something interesting to see.

 

However, I wouldn't be able to resist that ghost town!



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Nicole, I hate you soooooo hard! :D You have an embarrassment of riches so close by. And, nearly everywhere you turn you can't help but see a new photo opportunity.

 

I could spend a week (or more) just photographing on and near the Great Salt Lake. And, all of the parks you named are on or near the top of the bucket list of places to see.

 

If I had to pick one... well, I do have a weakness for the Grand Tetons and Snake River.... blame Ansel.

 

Other than that... I guess I'd just have to flip a coin or spin a bottle and see which way it points.

 

--Ron



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Well the majority of what I know of the USA was gleaned from reading Bill Bryson's 'The Lost Continent', one of my favourite books but not the most flattering portrait of a country - albeit gently unflattering. I've worked in maybe a dozen countries but the only time I was in the States was a one week course at the Remington Firearms factory in New York State. Wherever you go, there is always something interesting to see.

 

However, I wouldn't be able to resist that ghost town!

 

 

Ha! I love Bill Bryson and have read several of his books...though yes, not particularly flattering portrayals of Americans--there's a reason he chooses to live amongst you all over there in the UK. I don't mind having a little fun poked at me though, so I still enjoy his work. I think his book A Walk in the Woods was the first I read of his works--I still laugh at some of the lines from that book. 

 

There are many ghost towns out here in the western US (though that Montana town is particularly well preserved), so if we don't make it up north, we'll likely find another one or two in the south.

 

 

Nicole, I hate you soooooo hard! :D You have an embarrassment of riches so close by. And, nearly everywhere you turn you can't help but see a new photo opportunity.

 

 

:P Heh...I know. And you know what's pathetic, I always wish I was over in Dogbytes's land because I think I don't have much to see around here and Cornwall is gorgeous! It's the classic case of grass being greener somewhere else, eh? But really, we do have some spectacular scenery here, and we've recently made a goal as a family to see more of it. Now, to find the time...



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My stepdaughter is Japanese and she is right in the middle of the Japanese Tourist Scene and she is taking Japanese citizens around to various Parks in the Old West, and adding some cash to our side of the balance of trade.

In the high deserts like at Joshua Tree National Park there are riot of color from all the beautiful flowers that have popped up thanks to the recent high rains in desert and high desert areas.



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Well the majority of what I know of the USA was gleaned from reading Bill Bryson's 'The Lost Continent', one of my favourite books but not the most flattering portrait of a country - albeit gently unflattering. I've worked in maybe a dozen countries but the only time I was in the States was a one week course at the Remington Firearms factory in New York State. Wherever you go, there is always something interesting to see.

 

However, I wouldn't be able to resist that ghost town!

My Dad worked at Savage arms in Utica NY just up the road from Ilion NY until WW11 when he went in the Air Corps. The Mohawk Valley is a beautiful place.



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My Dad worked at Savage arms in Utica NY just up the road from Ilion NY until WW11 when he went in the Air Corps. The Mohawk Valley is a beautiful place.

I'm pretty sure we stayed in Utica, whilst we were on the course. We didn't get much time for sightseeing but I remember, from the drive to Ilion in the mornings, that it looked a lovely area. The Remington factory, itself, was very interesting - I wouldn't mind being let loose in there for a day with my camera!