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Pick Six: Top national parks in California and surrounding states

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our '64 Scotty trailer in foreground.

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our ’64 Scotty trailer in foreground. Couple admires Grand Canyon from rim near Moran Point Our top six picks: The top national parks in California and surrounding states This week is National Parks Week, with admission to all national parks and monuments FREE through the 29th! Californians are blessed by close [...]

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Update your travel bucket list for the Western US in the new year!

Bryce Canyon's Hoodoos balance precariously, result of eons of wind and water erosion.

Bucket list updates in the Western United States for the new year Last week I suggested tuning up your travel bucket list with 12 ultimate destinations in California. This week, here are the first half of a dozen additional western state’s destinations, suggested month by month (next week, another six). Since we’re into the new year, I’ll [...]

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Updating your travel bucket list; S. California and Southwestern US destinations

Viewing and hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park's eerie HooDoos is always an other-worldly experience!

Update your travel bucket list with Southern California and Southwestern US destinations! Californians are blessed by close proximity to our state’s and the American Southwest’s incredible spaces, all within a two day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations nearby and a New Year, take the time to update your list of western destinations. [...]

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Arizona dreamin’…Burma Shave makes comeback on historic Route 66!

The Aztec Motel in Seligman features a mural of Marilyn Monroe brightening the restaurant portion.

‘Get your kicks on Route 66’ as it meanders through quaint, forgotten towns In 1962, my mother piled my two younger brothers and 14 year-old me into the back of a ‘61 Ford station wagon, towing a tiny Nimrod tent trailer, bound from Ohio to California and back. My plumbing-contractor father planned to fly into [...]

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Freshen your bucket list for US travel in 2016

Couple sits on edge of Canyonlands National Park, gazing at the Colorado and Green Rivers that intersect here.

While we central Californians are blessed by close proximity to the American West’s incredible spaces, there is a whole world just outside our door. With a New Year, take the time to update your bucket list of US and worldly travel destinations.  Here are our favorites to whet your appetite. With 2016 marking the 100th [...]

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Grand Canyon’s North Rim, ghosts of the past and Pipe Spring National Monument

View from the Walhalla Overlook, distant, center, shows the Unkar Creek Delta where Anasazi farmed squash, corn and beans about 1,000 years ago.

One hundred forty six years ago, explorer John Wesley Powell and his rag-tag boatmen churned into the Grand Canyon and gazed in awe at the canyon with walls a mile high. With our first trip to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, it was hard not to feel the same amazement that Powell and his crew [...]

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Epic western US travel destinations; update your “bucket List” for 2015

The Grand Canyon from Mather Point is a wonder of colors in the late afternoon!

        We central Californians are blessed by close proximity to the American West’s incredible spaces, all within a several day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations at your back door and a New Year, take the time to update your bucket list of western destinations.  Two weeks ago, we offered [...]

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Grand Canyon National Park; Stunning, changing views will bring tears to hardened travelers!

Canyon from Desert Drive overlook; if your eyes are good, you will see the Colorado River almost 5,000 feet below!

  Canyon from Desert Drive overlook; if your eyes are good, you will see the Colorado River almost 5,000 feet below! Bright Angel Trail attracts both day hikers, and those descending the entire mile in elevation drop to the Grand Canyon floor (also the trail used by mules hauling guests into the canyon). Two hikers [...]

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Williams, AZ; gateway to the Grand Canyon, and a Route 66 favorite!

Old Rt. 66 is the heart of quaint, walkable downtown Williams, AZ!

Several blocks of William’s old Rt. 66 are home to shops specializing in all mode of Rt. 66 memorabilia! The Grand Canyon Railroad departs Williams, headed north to Grand Canyon Village on the park’s south rim. We were in route to Grand Canyon Park’s south entrance, and stopped first in the town of Williams, AZ, 50 [...]

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