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Southern Utah/Northern Arizona national parks and San Diego

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Southern Utah/Northern Arizona national parks and San Diego

Thanks to everyone who replied to my post about 3 weeks in the west, starting in Yellowstone and travelling south to the Grand Canyon, taking in several national parks on the way.

We have had to change our plans and can't fly to the States till the 3rd week in September, staying till mid-October. We were thinking that it might be getting rather cold in Yellowstone/Grand Teton. We don't have very hot summers here in Britain and would dearly like to experience some sun and warmth. So we are thinking of flying to Las Vegas (or Flagstaff?Salt Lake City?), doing a circular route seeing Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Arches, Monument Valley etc. and then heading for a final week in San Diego. Is this realistic? We do like to swim and were looking forward to Jenny Lake or other lakes in the north, but it would be too cold for swimming up there then, wouldn't it? Is there any lake or other place anyone could recommend in Southern Utah/ Northern Arizona? Or should we just save the swimming till we get to California?

Any suggestions for a 3 week itinerary or places to see along this route would be very welcome. I have saved the recommendations that you all posted before.


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We did a round trip about the same time of year in 2004. We were in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons 22-28 Sept and there is no way we would have gone swimming. The weather was nice and fine but not for swimming. We were in Las Vegas 5-7 Oct and even there only the children were silly enough to use the hotel pool. The only enjoyable swimming we had was in Los Angeles 8-10 Oct.

Maybe being from England you can stand the colder water but we would plan on doing our swimming in San Diego and spend the rest of the time sight seeing. It's not like you don't have plenty to see on that route.

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I think Tony gave you the best route already and for swimming. Try hotelpools in Palm Springs, nice and warm!

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The water in San Diego, I assume you mean the Pacific, is likely to be substantially colder than the lakes in the southwest at the end of summer. The sea in San Diego is barely warmer than the sea round England, it was the greatest disappointment to me when I moved from England to California.

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