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Old May 14th 2012, 7:18 pm
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I'll buy you a beer if you ever head over this way. Or you can buy me one.

(I'm liking the second option better).
Either way involves beer, so that's OK ...
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There's got to be a story in there somewhere.......?
Not really. I study urbanism to an extent, and almost had a stroke just by looking at how Phoenix was organized from above. Then tie in that it's a giant desert, apparently a statewide tea-bagger haven, and has nothing of any interest to offer that you probably could get elsewhere. But mostly it was the shock of seeing how such a large tumorous city like Phoenix is allowed to exist
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So, you don't wish to visit the Grand Canyon, then?
A big hole in the ground that I could see from Nevada anyway? Nah, there are more interesting things I could do with my time.
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This summer we'll be doing a trip either "up the middle" to Mt Rushmore and back, or else up to Washington DC
Keep in mind that DC will be boiling hot and very humid in the summer.

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OT, but my Canada list consists of:

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec
Only place I've been to in Canada was Montreal. Wonder whose brilliant idea it was to visit in February? Never been so cold in my entire life.

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A Major UK-Based Tour Company for the over-50s.
Thanks Jim.

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I realise there's states I really won't be bothered if I miss, namely Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, New Jersey, even NY city doesn't really appeal to me.
I love how he's dumped NYC in with Alabama and Arkansas!

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Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Kansas
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Utah
Virginia
Washington DC
West Virginia
JG, are you telling me you've never been over the George Washington Bridge?!!!!

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I think Puerto Rico counts.
Puerto Rico is not a state.

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Quite embarrassingly, the only state outside of California I've been to is Nevada for obvious reasons.
Obvious?

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Big hole in the ground. Can't see the attraction. If I was in charge I'd just fill it in.
Right on. Blow up Mount Rushmore too while you're at it.
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Obvious?
Small doses of Life Vegas.
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JG, are you telling me you've never been over the George Washington Bridge?!!!!
Well spotted! Been to NYC and NY state more times than I care to remember.
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[QUOTE=Primula;10060122]Keep in mind that DC will be boiling hot and very humid in the summer.



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Yep, but I reckon we're ready for it having prepped with 10 years in Houston preceded by 8 years in Singapore...
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Right on. Blow up Mount Rushmore too while you're at it.
Can you wait till we've been please?
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Originally Posted by Jerseygirl View Post
Been to NYC and NY state more times than I care to remember.
You had me worried there! Conversely, I recall only two visits to New Jersey. I do know that I have been to A.C., but have no clue where we went on the second trip to NJ. Love The Sopranos though!

Originally Posted by Yorkieabroad View Post
we're ready for it having prepped with 10 years in Houston preceded by 8 years in Singapore...
Did not know it is hot in Singapore.

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Did not know it is hot in Singapore.
Its only about 60 miles north of the equator - hot and humid all year round.
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Big hole in the ground. Can't see the attraction. If I was in charge I'd just fill it in.
GASP. You can't possibly mean that - it's an incredible sight and one of the American "must sees".
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Right on. Blow up Mount Rushmore too while you're at it.
Penn and Teller agree with you.

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GASP. You can't possibly mean that - it's an incredible sight and one of the American "must sees".
Hugely over-rated IMHO compared to the (relatively-speaking) nearby Bryce, Zion, Arches and Canyonlands etc.

Maybe they could turn it into a big underground car park with a free shuttle to the other parks. That would solve the overcrowding problems.
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Hugely over-rated IMHO compared to the (relatively-speaking) nearby Bryce, Zion, Arches and Canyonlands etc.

Maybe they could turn it into a big underground car park with a free shuttle to the other parks. That would solve the overcrowding problems.
I've heard it looks much better from the air.

I'd still go to have a shufty, myself, but I would much rather see Monument Valley if I was going to have to make a choice.
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I've heard it looks much better from the air.

I'd still go to have a shufty, myself, but I would much rather see Monument Valley if I was going to have to make a choice.
The problem with the Grand Canyon is that it's too effing big. You stand there and you look at it - hard to get a sense of scale. You know it's big but its bigness is also somehow lost. It also takes ages to 'interact' with it - you can do a full day hike to get to the bottom. Then you have to climb out again. The view change per hour/calorie invested is tiny compared to the wealth of vistas available in the other parks I mentioned. For the same effort as climbing in and out of the GC you can string together an itinerary of several part-day hikes around any of the other parks and really feel that you're immersing yourself rather than just looking at a slowly-changing picture of a big hole.

The best thing about the GC is that it keeps tourist numbers manageable at the other parks.
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Hugely over-rated IMHO compared to the (relatively-speaking) nearby Bryce, Zion, Arches and Canyonlands etc.

Maybe they could turn it into a big underground car park with a free shuttle to the other parks. That would solve the overcrowding problems.
I haven't been to the other places you mentioned yet - although I would love to when the opportunity arises. We visited the GC National Park in 2008. Our children were too young to hike into the canyon but we did do a couple of hikes along the rim and took part in some of the ranger activities. We went in the spring and it wasn't too busy and the weather was cold at night but perfect during the day. We all had a great time and feel it was well worth the time and the drive (from Houston), and I stand by my sentiment that the Grand Canyon is one of the places in the US that truly is "awesome".
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