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road trip from LA to Denver...with sightseeing in between.

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road trip from LA to Denver...with sightseeing in between.

Hi!

I'm moving to Denver from Los Angeles in August 2014, and I'm really excited. I'm driving and plan to reach Denver by 8/20/14, I don't have a specific amount of time allotted for the drive out there but I was thinking about one week (but I am flexible). I'm planning on driving a new subaru out there (yes, I have to fit into the CO lifestyle:) And don't have a specific budget, but would like to keep things relatively cheap since I'm moving and going to have to pay for new expenses...The big things I would like to see/do is go to the Grand Canyon, hike, camp, visit mountain towns off the beaten path, find hot springs, or just a beautiful place along the way. I am very open to anything as I am a 28 year old female....Any insights of the best route to take or things I "must" do please feel free to comment, it will be greatly appreciated!!!

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1. Re: road trip from LA to Denver...with sightseeing in between.

Would you be more interested in cutting through Utah or New Mexico? I can offer recommendations on great places to visit and things to do in both states but I was wondering if you have a preference?

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2. Re: road trip from LA to Denver...with sightseeing in between.

To where in Colorado are you going? Co is a big state. Great hotpools in Glenwood Springs. With one week I suggest LA-Kingman-Grand Canyon (reservations needed www.grandcanyonlodges.com ) -Page (Antelope Canyons, Lake Powell)-Monument Valley-Moab (Canyonlands, Arches Nps) and into Colorado via 128. and I70

Another option is to drive from Monument Valley to Mesa Verde, Durango and take us550 (Million dollar highway) to Silverton and Ouray and to Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. Hw50 east is another great drive.

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3. Re: road trip from LA to Denver...with sightseeing in between.

Some of the web links to illustrate the areas that Tet is talking about is

Glenwood Springs - this is close to Denver, so would make for a last night before getting to Denver. This has the most amazing hot springs pool ever (going there in a couple of weeks myself for another trip.) There are numerous places to stay in town but book ahead as popular area.

http://www.hotspringspool.com/

http://www.visitglenwood.com/

Grand Canyon

http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

Either stay in the park or nearby Flagstaff.

Monument Valley

navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm

Here there is an interesting place to stay

The View Hotel

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g57072-d1210740…

In Moab, this is near the Colorado River.

http://www.discovermoab.com/

http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

However, by the northern section of Canyonlands, there is also Dead Horse Point State Park worth seeing as well./

…utah.gov/park/dead-horse-point-state-park

Stay in Moab - that is where dining and lodging is. We have stayed at Best Western there, ok place with breakfast, but there are several others.

If you do the other route....

then see for Durango

http://www.durango.org/

Personal preference (although Durango area is amazing as well) is the Monument Valley - Moab (Arches, Canyonland Lands, Dead Horse Point) to Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs route to Denver.

The canyon by Glenwood Springs is amazingly beautiful as well.

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g28927-d1460…

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4. Re: road trip from LA to Denver...with sightseeing in between.

O yes, I see you are going to Denver....

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5. Re: road trip from LA to Denver...with sightseeing in between.

Thanks everyone, these posts are great. I'll look into all of these options, and no greyhoundgrrrl I don't really have a preference of a certain route. I am open to suggestions. Thanks again!

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