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Old 01-12-2016, 08:54 AM   #2541
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So, in & out before noon won't cut it?

(Geez, and I haven't yet factored in the drive down and back. So much to see, so little time.)
Make sure to visit Four Corners to see evidence of civilization from 350 AD. And the cliff dwellers who disappeared around 1150 AD.
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Make sure to visit Four Corners to see evidence of civilization from 350 AD. And the cliff dwellers who disappeared around 1150 AD.
Driven I-40, could've deked up there if I'd've thought of it......ah well, next time. (Hopefully there is a 'next time'.)
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I just did a recount...there are 8 states I haven't visited......love to do both Colorado & Utah in one trip.
IMHO they are worth 2+ weeks each.
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We have the Canadian Rockies and Alaska on our list for next summer.
Banff, Yoho, and Jasper parks in Alberta are fantastic. Spent 2 weeks there a couple years ago. Did Alaska in 2007. 2 week Princess cruise tour. One week on land from Fairbanks to Anchorage and a week on the boat down to Vancouver along the inside Passage.
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IMHO they are worth 2+ weeks each.
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Mesa Verde alone is worth three days. And each of Utah's National Parks cannot be done in a day... and there are a lot of State Parks.
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Vienna, Austria is an upcoming trip. The details are filling themselves in. Probably will have spare day or two. Who's been?
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We were there two years ago. We also spent several days in each of Prague and Budapest.

We did a day trip Danube cruise from Vienna. We took a train to Melk(?), toured the abbey and then got on the boat. It was very nice. Quite inexpensive as I recall.

We bought this a package from Austrian Railways.

We also booked our train to Budapest on the Austrian Railways web site. Our dates were firm and we saved about 30 percent by buying early and buying on line.

We bid our hotel on Priceline. Got the Renaissance Riding School. We were very pleased with the hotel, the price, and the location. We arrived by plane and simply took the tram from the airport directly to our hotel. Fast and easy...but we only travel with carry on so this may not be good for others.


You could do a day trip to Budapest. It would make for a long day but it could be done easily by train.


Here is a link to a tripadvisor forum from a person who did the Danube day cruise. We booked this the day before we took the tour because we wanted to be certain of good weather.


https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic...et-Vienna.html
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Driven I-40, could've deked up there if I'd've thought of it......ah well, next time. (Hopefully there is a 'next time'.)
Talk about blind luck. We were headed from Taos to Grand Canyon April 1 and the highway was closed due to a late season snow. Had to go north. So glad we did! Amazing!

(The gas station attendant at the detour said that they had spent their snow clearing budget for the season and it would have to melt.)
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Starting to put together a rough outline of a 2-3 week trip back east. It will involve a week (or more) in Philly to see family. Some time before that in DC and some time after that in NYC. The DC/NYC part of the trip are because we declined to pay for expensive/craptastic school trips for the boys. (4 cities in 6 days - more time spent on a bus/plane than seeing sights.)
I live in DC - if you want/need any tips, feel free to PM me! The new baby panda at the zoo is adorable!


As for us, we are all over the map as far as planning (pun intended). We have been discussing Croatia and Iceland for the summer, but my SIL also just moved to Oregon and I'd love to wine-tasting in Willamette valley...
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After enjoying a couple of Viking River cruises, we're going to try their new Ocean going ship, the Viking Star. We'll be visiting a variety of ports in the western mediterranean.

Sadly, they changed the itinerary after the attacks on tourists in Tunisia. They dropped stops both there and Algers. We've been to Africa before, but never to North Africa. I was looking forward to visiting there. Oh well.
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Vienna, Austria is an upcoming trip. The details are filling themselves in. Probably will have spare day or two. Who's been?
We have. There are lots of museums if you are into that. We enjoyed the treasury very much.

Schonnbrun palace was great even though no photos allowed.

Also classical music concerts. We skipped the touristy period dress concerts, and attended a trumpet and organ concert at Karlskirche. There were several serious concerts and venues to choose from that I researched online. Then showed up to buy tickets before the concert.

Took a Sunday morning tour of the Vienna Opera building. Didn't get to go on the stage I think because they were building a set.

Visited various parks, and the Palm House. Did lots of walking around.

Took a tram then bus up to Kahlenberg and enjoyed the view and hiked down though the Vienna woods and past vineyards down to the wine taverns at Heiliginstadt where Beethoven lived.

Did the rail to Melk Abbey and the boat cruise. Got off early at Durnstein and would have hiked up to the Richard the Lion-hearted castle ruins if it hadn't been raining. Had an apricot icecream sundae instead.
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Yes! I just got my Myanmar visa approved! Heading to Bangkok Feb 7th. Picking up a friend and then we are spending 2 weeks in Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay. Then back to Bangkok for 11 days. Can't wait.
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We come back for two weeks and then head to Thailand and SE Asia for 8 weeks. Cannot wait-despite the punishing air travel.
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Last year was a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. This year is a fall cruise along the Nile, assuming the political situation is OK?
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Returning to Genoa from Marseille last November, our direct Thello train was 'incapacitated due to unspecified mechanical problems', and we were re-routed via a 'milk train' that stopped everywhere, and consequently we arrived in Genoa several hours later than anticipated.

We've just been advised by Thello that they are processing a €50 refund, which since the Canadian $ has nosedived since then, means we'll likely end up making money on the deal.
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Building an itinerary for a Colorado trip late July into early August. Colorado Springs for 4 nights planned with forays to Pike Peak, Cripple Creek, and Royal Gorge planned. After that 4 nights in Keystone. Intend to venture the back routes to Alpine Tunnel Historic Site, I've been there before a few times. My brother has been volunteering to work there for several years to assist in rebuilding some of the historically significant railroad features, interesting place, that I find is is more scenic than challenging to navigate to even for a flatlander like me - as long as I don't meet any traffic while on the Palisades. Any other place of interest, events in early August to catch while we're there? Oh, and I'm thinking a stop in Alliance, Nebraska to see "Carhenge" is in order.
"Carhenge" eh?? Wow, it is mind-boggling to me when I consider what ancient cultures were able to conjure. I mean, really, look at the subtle, yet innovatively ugly fin on that Caddy in the foreground.
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Speaking of stuff like Carhenge, there is a wonderful website that features odd, quirky, and just plain weird stuff you can visit, all over the world.

Atlas Obscura | Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations
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