The best way to overcome the post-holiday blues…

The best way to overcome the post-holiday blues, I find, is to start planning the next holiday!

One of the friends with me on my recent Algarve trip is B, from Texas – and we’re planning a roadtrip, possibly next year, through the American Southwest. I’ve visited B in Texas before a few times, but I have always longed to see more of the Southwest. Monument Valley and Vegas and the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park and Roswell and Sante Fe…

So that’s what we’re planning. Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, probably starting in Vegas and finishing up in Phoenix, but we may do a full loop and finish back in Vegas again, depending on what’s on the route.

I’ve started plotting a rough trip using Roadtrippers, and I’m on the hunt for suggestions! What are your must-sees, your hidden gems, your definitely-worth-its? The best cheap motels, the best milkshake and burger joints, the strange quirky highlights! One of the things I love best about roadtrips in the States are all the weird and wonderful sites just off the highways, the things you pull off to see on a whim.

Now I just have to stop buying so many clothes so I can afford it!

  9 comments for “The best way to overcome the post-holiday blues…

  1. Becky
    June 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Don’t do it in the summer. I am in Puerto Vallarta right now and not looking forward to 120 degres when I grt home to Phoenix on Sunday. I kid you not. When I am home and not on my phone, I will think of some stuff you should see. This is ringsandcoffee from lj by the way.

    • June 17, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Haha, no chance of that! My poor English self would melt. I never visit either of my friends in Texas or Florida in the summer because I know I couldn’t cope!

      We’re thinking of finishing up in Phoenix, if we can’t think of anything between there and Vegas to finish up the loop – and I think I can get flights home from Phoenix too. Arizona is another state I’ve always wanted to visit – not just for the Grand Canyon, I want to go to Tombstone! :grins:

      • Becky
        June 22, 2017 at 11:44 pm

        I’m always amazed at the people from around the world who come do the whirlwind national parks tour here in the southwest. I’ve lived in California and Arizona, and have only been to a handful over my adult life. You can get flights to Heathrow from Phoenix. I did Phx > Washington DC > Heathrow, but my old roommate has done non-stop flights before.

        Places I’ve been and recommend: Grand Canyon (south rim), Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam (all 3 of those are near Page, AZ), Hoover Dam, Arches National Park (Moab, UT). We also drove through Monument Valley which was impressive, but boring after a while. My boredom could have stemmed from several days of being in the desert and red rocks by that point. Meteor Crater was interesting, but I would not call it a must-see.

        I’ve heard many people say how much they liked Bryce Canyon.

        • June 23, 2017 at 8:44 am

          Adding all of those to the list! The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley are a must for me – I can see how the view might be boring, but I suppose for me it’s so utterly incomprehensibly different to anything I could ever see in England, that it would probably take longer than two or three days to bore me!

  2. Linda Underhill
    June 17, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I recommend going to Bryce Canyon in Utah. I went there with family while I was a teenager at the recommendation of some cousins who preferred it to the Grand Canyon. It was well worth the visit.

    • June 17, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Adding it to the list! I already want to visit Angel’s Landing and the Arches – and Monument Valley, of course! A friend of mine visited Utah a few years ago and her photos were just so stunning I’ve been dying to visit. The landscape is so utterly comprehensively different to anything in the UK it might as well be another world!

  3. June 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    That sounds like a blast! You’re going to see a whole part of my country that I’ve never seen LOL. Being a Navy brat, I was raised mostly on coastlines. 🙂

    • June 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

      My aim is to see all 50 states before I die, but with an ocean in the way that may not happen! I’ve visited California (twice), Texas (twice), Florida (five times), New York (twice), Washington DC (twice), Vermont (twice), Maryland and Massachusetts so far, but it’s only a fraction…

      • June 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

        Meh the rectangle shaped ones don’t have much going on lol. A lofty goal!

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