More and more people are getting in their cars and driving across the USA or across Canada on a vacation trip that they may have planned on doing for years. The price of gas has been somewhat of a deterrent, however the price of fuel is going up regardless of whether you drive, fly, take the train or the bus!
We started from eastern Canada and traveled through Windsor and Detroit and headed towards St Louis. Everyone should see the beautiful arch that marks the entrance to St Louis at least once! Next we traveled further south towards Texas. We bypassed a lot of states since we had a plan in mind. We wanted to see the Texas panhandle and into Amarillo, Texas. What we got was miles and miles of scorched earth! The fires that spread across Texas have to be really seen to be believed. Miles and miles of blackened grass really tells you just how immense these fires can be. We were a bit disappointed in Amarillo, so we moved on to Roswell, New Mexico.
Roswell, New Mexico, of course is home to the Roswell UFO museum. This museum got its start with the cover-up of the crash of a UFO in 1947 by the US military or so it is claimed. This is a must see stop if you are interested at all in UFO’s.
Next on our itinerary was the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. With over 250 square miles of gypsum sand, so white it is blinding and the kids toboggan down the 60-foot sand dunes as if they were huge snowdrifts. This is another must see adventure.
There are many things to see in Arizona. We chose the Tucson area for this trip and spent time around Sabino Canyon, Tubac, Nogales, and Bensen. A combination of hiking, shopping for arts and crafts and a little star gazing at Mount Kitts kept us busy for over five days. The last part of our trip heading south west was a stay in Laughlin, Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada and Palm Springs.
Laughlin, Nevada is on the Colorado River and we took advantage of the water taxis that will take you along the river to the various casino hotels. There are boat cruises and a line up of great entertainment. This area of Nevada is definitely a good deal. Prices for rooms are reasonable as are the meals.
Next we visited Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a gambling mecca with over 100,000 rooms available and millions of people visiting every year for a combination of good times, great food and entertainment and of course a little gambling.
Palm Springs is a gem in the California desert. Nestled in a valley, protected from the wind and rain, you can count on great weather over 300 days a year.
We spent over a month traveling throughout the US, concentrating on the southwest. The only reservations we made were in Las Vegas and Palm Springs. As seasoned travelers we find that a cross-country car trip such as this is best done in the spring or in the fall when all of the kids are in school and lineups are relatively short.
Next year we plan to do it all again, traveling to the north west of the USA and then head south to California.