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#1 2010-03-26 12:38:35

KDUB
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Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

My wife and I stumbled upon 3 nights at the Scottsdale Four Seasons in April, and not just the "hotel" part, the private residences. Hard to say no to that.

We have decided that a road trip is more enjoyable than flying and are planning our stops.

Few things my wife has never done, and thus are required stops: Sand Dunes & Grand Canyon.

My initial thoughts.....

Leave Denver, head 285 South, stop at Dunes, head to Durango or Farmington for the night.

Leave Durango/Farmington early, stop at Grand Canyon, continue to Scottsdale.

Return from Scottsdale, possibly drive all through, possible stop somewhere (Santa Fe or Albuquerque).

Unfortunately we have only 5 days, and three of the nights are obviously in Scottsdale.

Thoughts about stops or potential detours are greatly appreciated, I am all about those hidden gems that are must see stops!

Thanks in advance!  embeer


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#2 2010-03-26 13:16:00

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Vegas?

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#3 2010-03-30 12:43:37

KDUB
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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Been to Vegas recently so that is not high on the list.

On another note, has anyone done a Helicopter tour through the Grand Canyon? Thoughts?

Also, early dinner ideas in Durango on a Sunday afternoon? Any brewery tours worth doing (if any)?

Thanks in advance!


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#4 2010-03-30 13:21:04

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Santa Fe over Alb.  I did both cities and ended up seeing a movie in Alb, yeah, I was that bored.  There's a little bit of a night scene along the campus, but again, not much worth writing home about.


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#5 2010-03-30 14:15:09

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Mesa Verde?
Really deserves a visit by itself, though...

same with GC, though, too- but you could just drive along the south rim- but to really SEE it, you need to hike down into it!


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#6 2010-03-30 14:48:29

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

KDUB wrote:

Been to Vegas recently so that is not high on the list.

On another note, has anyone done a Helicopter tour through the Grand Canyon? Thoughts?

Also, early dinner ideas in Durango on a Sunday afternoon? Any brewery tours worth doing (if any)?

Thanks in advance!

Denver -> Sand Dunes -> Durango -> Scottsdale -> Moab -> Home


The Sand Dunes are awesome and absolutely worth seeing.  Definitely stop in Durango instead of Farmington...  the restaurants are better and the downtown area is nicer.  Sushitarian in Durango has happy hour all day on Sundays. I also am a big fan of Cosmopolitan, Ken and Sue's and Mutu's.  I'd also suggest stopping at the new Ska Brewery and tasting a few bubbly beverages.  They are Colorado's up-and-coming microbrew powerhouse.  Durango Brewing company has a nice tasting room as well.  Stay away from Steamworks.  It's a tourist trap and their beers will give you the shits for the remainder of you road trip.

If you have any other questions about the SW feel free to PM me.


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#7 2010-03-30 15:21:44

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Doug wrote:

Santa Fe over Alb.  I did both cities and ended up seeing a movie in Alb, yeah, I was that bored.

Officially ruling out Albuquerque on the way home.


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#8 2010-03-30 15:26:07

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Zmilkdawg wrote:

Denver -> Sand Dunes -> Durango -> Scottsdale -> Moab -> Home


The Sand Dunes are awesome and absolutely worth seeing.  Definitely stop in Durango instead of Farmington...  the restaurants are better and the downtown area is nicer.  Sushitarian in Durango has happy hour all day on Sundays. I also am a big fan of Cosmopolitan, Ken and Sue's and Mutu's.  I'd also suggest stopping at the new Ska Brewery and tasting a few bubbly beverages.  They are Colorado's up-and-coming microbrew powerhouse.  Durango Brewing company has a nice tasting room as well.  Stay away from Steamworks.  It's a tourist trap and their beers will give you the shits for the remainder of you road trip.

If you have any other questions about the SW feel free to PM me.

Thanks for the advice.

My problem with Mesa Verde, from what I hear, is that since they have closed off much of the access, the experience is just not what it used to be. Can you see anything from the road? Or a short drive off of the road?

I heart Sushi. Therefore, you have officially convinced me of a dinner location in Durango.

Also, I am not a big fan of Ska regionally distributed brews....so I may have to check out  Durango Brewing Company.


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#9 2010-03-30 17:55:35

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

You'll love Sushitarian.  The fish is flown in daily and the atmosphere is great.  It's located on the corner of College and 2nd (very easy to find). On Sundays there are specials on Beer, Sake, Rolls and Sushi.  It's definitely a bargain.

If you're not a fan of Ska, I'd recommend stopping at Carvers Brewing Co.  It's right downtown and they brew great beer in small batches.  You can also get a great meal there.

I'd pass on Mesa Verde.  It's about an hour from the turn-off on Hwy 160.  You won't have enough time to really appreciate it.


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#10 2010-03-30 18:26:33

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

The redrocks of Sedona is a pretty cool site to see.  Plus there river rafting/drifing and watering holes.


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#11 2010-03-30 21:14:44

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

i'll agree with Huck.  Sedona/Slide Rock/Oak Creek Canyon is beautiful.  Zmilk has you covered with Durango. 

As for Moab, if you have been to Woody's Pizza in Golden or Denver, avoid Zak's in Moab.  They are owned by the same person/group and are the same restaurant, but Zak's is more expensive, and not as good.
Since you'll be coming from the south, the roads have great views, with... O.K. road surface conditions...  That corner of Utah gives CDot a run for their money...

There is supposed to be an awesome steak place in Mexican Hat, UT, where the dude swings the steak over a wood fire.  I've only heard about it, haven't been. 

From Moab, take 128 out along the Colorado back to I-70


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#12 2010-03-30 22:17:34

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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Southern Utah in general is great.  I'm particularly fond of the section from Hanksville to Torrey to Escalante.  The 65 miles from Torrey to Escalante is an amazing stretch of road.  We've planned motorcycle trips around it.  From California.  It's that good.

That might be too much out of the way though.  I used to go to Albuquerque on business.  Sometimes there, sometimes flying in there and driving to Los Alamos.  There are some roads around there that I swore to come back to with a motorcycle ...

There are some pretty good ruins around there (Anasazi), along with the gorgeous scenery.  The only one I got to see any of was Bandelier Natl. Monument.  They never gave me any sightseeing time on the job.  Any I got was pure luck.


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#13 2012-04-02 13:28:58

KDUB
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Re: Recommend Me Some Road Trip Ideas

Old thread but didn't want to start a new one....

Some CO drives are scenic, some are pure driving excitement, some are both.

Yesterday evening I was fortunate enough to travel over Loveland Pass, end to end, at dusk, without a single car in front on me. It was rather exhilarating, got my heart pumping a few times and it kinda made me fall back in love with my car again.

The only thing that would have made it even more fun, is Stage 2+  driving

I have driven the pass numerous times, but never at that time of night with a free road in front of me, I hope I get to do it again.


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