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Old 02-27-2013, 09:02 PM
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Default To those of you who've gone west

I want to take a road trip (well fly out, but then rent a car) this summer. Any things I shouldn't miss?

Very tentative plan is to fly into either Vegas or Phoenix and head to the Grand Canyon from there. After the Grand Canyon we'll drive to Joshua Tree National Park and then probably up to Sequoia. From Sequoia the plan will be to go to Yoesmite and from Yosemite to San Francisco. Then up to the Redwood National Forest. We'll likely either drop off the car there, or go back to a city to drop it off and then fly back home!

Anything I shouldn't miss while I'm in that area? Feel free to recommend different locations or things to do at the ones that I've already mentioned.

The biggest goal apart from having a great time and seeing new places is going to be to travel on a budget (think college student budget...). Plan is to stay with family, in hostels, or camp. If I can do the whole trip (thinking 2-3 weeks), including flights + car for under $1000, I'd be ecstatic.

I've already done LA and as it isn't really on the way to anywhere, unless I can get free tickets to go see the filming of a cool show, I'll probably skip that one this time. I've been to the Grand Canyon before years ago, but want to go back. Been to Vegas as well, but only as a kid and flights into Vegas seem to be cheaper than those into Phoenix.

I love:
  • hiking and pretty much anything outdoors
  • horses (but I think I'll be hard-pressed to do any riding on my budget)
  • beaches!
  • cute towns that can be explored
  • shows, music, etc.
  • interesting places with a "Wow!" factor

Not big into:
  • Huge nightlife scene - though I'd love to go to a bar or two while I'm out west - just not a clubber, huge partier, etc.
  • Museums/Historical sights (unless it's a MUST see)
  • Walking around a city just for the sake of walking (if there are buildings I can go in, then I'm all for it)

Goal is to do this in August, so the weather should be warmish.

Thanks in advance!

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