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Planning a 2 week trek from Vegas to Seattle. Looking for ideas of things to see and do. We were going to go to Crater Lake but the roads are apparently not plowed until late April (we'll be there early April). Who knew some trails don't open until JULY! Yowza that's some deep snow! 44 FEET. Amazing!

So, what should we see? DH will be getting his vet pass to the National Parks so we'll want to see a lot of those. Looks like we'll take I 395 until we hit OR. Then we may head to the coast. I'd like to veer east and go to Glacier Nat'l Park but we don't even know what state roads are open in the mountains!

Off the wall ideas? Things we would only see out there but that aren't well known?

One place we are going is to the Manzanar Internment Camp. To get there we'll go thru Death Valley. Yosemite.

What else?

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If you end up in Western Colorado, you better at least come by and say hi!!! Let me know if you need a room!

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One of the first stops we're planning... http://www.grandcanyonwest.com/skywalktour.php

Open year round! Yippee!

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Looks cool.... read the Zelp reviews, though.

The Grand Canyon is absolutely beautiful though. Bryce and Zion are something to see as well.

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Didn't know the part about the AZ ranchers with armed guards charging a fee to drive your car on their right of way but the rest of it (price to get in, no cameras on the walkway) was covered on the website. Maybe we should do a tour bus.

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However you get there, just be sure to DO IT.

I must admit us flatlanders are impressed by the Grand Canyon seen from any overlook.

North Rim is a totally different ecosystem, much less traveled, but doesn't open til mid May.  Bryce and Zion are easy to do from North Rim, Maybe save that for another trip based around a visit to Las Vegas.

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Madeleine wrote:

One of the first stops we're planning... http://www.grandcanyonwest.com/skywalktour.php

Open year round! Yippee!

The see-through floor of that thing is the same stuff I got for the floor over my cistern. Most people are afraid to stand on it, but I always do and assure them it's stronger than the bridge they drove across coming into town!

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What month are you planning this for?

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April. We're doing the birthday tour. 2/3 of our kids were born in April. I told the August one there was no way in Hell I was going to Vegas for HIS birthday. He said he'd share a b'day visit with his sis.

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Gig Harbor is a cute little town on the sound, just across the bridge from Tacoma. Lots of shops and wonderful art galleries, antique's. There is a great place, the Tides Tavern, for brews and local fare, great fish and chips. Also a terrific Italian place, Il Lucano, the owners are from Italy and Japan, the night we went the wife was there and chatted up my brother (who is fluent in Japanese)  for hours, like old friends, it was great and so was the food! You can cross the Fox Island Bridge and visit the Fox Island Museum. My cousin is the historian there, my family is from there. Go on a ferry excursion around the sound. Beautiful country, I would love to retire up there someday...Oregon coast is spectacular too.

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Gig Harbor is a cute little town on the sound, just across the bridge from Tacoma. Lots of shops and wonderful art galleries, antique's. There is a great place, the Tides Tavern, for brews and local fare, great fish and chips. Also a terrific Italian place, Il Lucano, the owners are from Italy and Japan, the night we went the wife was there and chatted up my brother (who is fluent in Japanese)  for hours, like old friends, it was great and so was the food! You can cross the Fox Island Bridge and visit the Fox Island Museum. My cousin is the historian there, my family is from there. Go on a ferry excursion around the sound. Beautiful country, I would love to retire up there someday...Oregon coast is spectacular too.

YOU!

The owner of the Tides is an heir to the Stanley Tools fortune. The first place I ever had a bleu cheese burger, now they are everywhere. That in itself makes it a great place.

My old stomping grounds, lived in Gig Harbor, worked in Gig Harbor, and my aunt is the Town Clerk there. My grandmother turns 90 in Sept in Gig Harbor.

I thought we only had San Diego in common WP! Sunshine is from Bremerton, fyi. The very same "Sunshine the Breakfast Queen" on this forum.  We used to scuba dive off Fox Island. Paddled all around in a canoe as well. We built our home in Port Orchard and from there moved to Virginia.

FYI Maddie, Gig Harbor will remind you of The Cape.

 

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Willowpondgj wrote:

Gig Harbor is a cute little town on the sound, just across the bridge from Tacoma. Lots of shops and wonderful art galleries, antique's. There is a great place, the Tides Tavern, for brews and local fare, great fish and chips. Also a terrific Italian place, Il Lucano, the owners are from Italy and Japan, the night we went the wife was there and chatted up my brother (who is fluent in Japanese)  for hours, like old friends, it was great and so was the food! You can cross the Fox Island Bridge and visit the Fox Island Museum. My cousin is the historian there, my family is from there. Go on a ferry excursion around the sound. Beautiful country, I would love to retire up there someday...Oregon coast is spectacular too.

YOU!

The owner of the Tides is an heir to the Stanley Tools fortune. The first place I ever had a bleu cheese burger, now they are everywhere. That in itself makes it a great place.

My old stomping grounds, lived in Gig Harbor, worked in Gig Harbor, and my aunt is the Town Clerk there. My grandmother turns 90 in Sept in Gig Harbor.

I thought we only had San Diego in common WP! Sunshine is from Bremerton, fyi. The very same "Sunshine the Breakfast Queen" on this forum.  We used to scuba dive off Fox Island. Paddled all around in a canoe as well. We built our home in Port Orchard and from there moved to Virginia.

FYI Maddie, Gig Harbor will remind you of The Cape.

 

YES! AND if you have time... from Seattle, cross over the Cascade Mountains and go to Leavenworth. The Beautiful Bavarian Village that made me fall in love with Bed & Breakfasts! OR go north on the Olympic Peninsula to beautiful Sequim or Pt. Angeles and the rain forest! So many beautiful places to see!

 

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Willowpondgj wrote:

Gig Harbor is a cute little town on the sound, just across the bridge from Tacoma. Lots of shops and wonderful art galleries, antique's. There is a great place, the Tides Tavern, for brews and local fare, great fish and chips. Also a terrific Italian place, Il Lucano, the owners are from Italy and Japan, the night we went the wife was there and chatted up my brother (who is fluent in Japanese)  for hours, like old friends, it was great and so was the food! You can cross the Fox Island Bridge and visit the Fox Island Museum. My cousin is the historian there, my family is from there. Go on a ferry excursion around the sound. Beautiful country, I would love to retire up there someday...Oregon coast is spectacular too.

YOU!

The owner of the Tides is an heir to the Stanley Tools fortune. The first place I ever had a bleu cheese burger, now they are everywhere. That in itself makes it a great place.

My old stomping grounds, lived in Gig Harbor, worked in Gig Harbor, and my aunt is the Town Clerk there. My grandmother turns 90 in Sept in Gig Harbor.

I thought we only had San Diego in common WP! Sunshine is from Bremerton, fyi. The very same "Sunshine the Breakfast Queen" on this forum.  We used to scuba dive off Fox Island. Paddled all around in a canoe as well. We built our home in Port Orchard and from there moved to Virginia.

FYI Maddie, Gig Harbor will remind you of The Cape.

 

YES! AND if you have time... from Seattle, cross over the Cascade Mountains and go to Leavenworth. The Beautiful Bavarian Village that made me fall in love with Bed & Breakfasts! OR go north on the Olympic Peninsula to beautiful Sequim or Pt. Angeles and the rain forest! So many beautiful places to see!

 

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Half of my family is buried on Fox Island, including my dad and grandparents. I have another cousin who lives on the island and runs a physical therapy practice in Gig Harbor. My grandmother had a cabin on the island and stayed there half the year, every year until she got too old... My grandpa used to swim in the sound every day! I went up there several times as a kid, for the summer. My grandma used to send us out with a Folgers coffee can and have us fill it up with blackberries. When we brought them back, she would make cobbler in the old wood stove....HEAVEN. Buried my dad up there last summer...He is mentioned in this book, one summer he helped the author tear down the Miller homestead, when they were teens:

http://www.amazon.com/An-Island-In-Time-II/dp/1434314170

My great-grandfather, Thomas Torgesen, was captain of the Rhonda and several other tugs and ferries.  When my grandma was a kid he ran the prison ferry from Tacoma to McNeil Island at the turn of the century. He is mentioned here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hale_Passage_and_Wollochet_Bay_Navigation_Company and here: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2013/feb/27/mosquito-fleet-dedication-remembered-through-ships/#axzz2b1lhBFSk

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This is another innkeeper here who is in rural Kitsap County on the Key Peninsula. Not sure how often she is here.

Thanks for those links, very interesting! I had a guest here this week whose brother lives in that area as well. He retired Navy there.

Speaking of that, DH's Royal Australian Navy FFG HMAS Adelaide was built in the Todd Shipyards in Seattle. We met of course many years later, and ended up living in the PacNorthWet.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

This is another innkeeper here who is in rural Kitsap County on the Key Peninsula. Not sure how often she is here.

Thanks for those links, very interesting! I had a guest here this week whose brother lives in that area as well. He retired Navy there.

Speaking of that, DH's Royal Australian Navy FFG HMAS Adelaide was built in the Todd Shipyards in Seattle. We met of course many years later, and ended up living in the PacNorthWet.

And if the sale goes through on this place and you can't come here... then you all can come see me on the Olympic Penn!!! Smiling 

 

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Madeleine on a zipline? I just can't picture that!

So Maddie, if you do it, be sure to post a picture!

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Madeleine on a zipline? I just can't picture that!

So Maddie, if you do it, be sure to post a picture!

I LOVE zip lines! Done it a couple of times!

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I LOVE zip lines! Done it a couple of times!

The longest zipline in Arkansas is just a few miles from here, and a group of us are headed over there Saturday morning to do it. Actually, it's SIX ziplines. Apparently they daisy chain from point to point to get you from the top to the bottom. Then we're all going out for brunch. Sounds like a great day. The marketing people keep telling us modern folks don't want to just see stuff, they want to DO stuff. I think they're right!

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I hope you totally enjoy yourself. Just pointing out that not everyone can do the zip - I figure you are trim enough. However, my fat butt will be grounded.

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Have a great time Arkie! I haven't done one yet but I really want to!

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An Outdoorsman radio personality/newsman in WV cannot do the zip line. They will not allow him to do it because he is TOO BIG. He is 6'5" I think abd about 330 lbs. They said the momentum he would pick up would kill someone at the bottom of the line.

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I'm not seeing Maddie doing this, either... Eye-wink Feet on the ground kinda girl!

Altho, if the Skywalk over the Grand Canyon is open we might have to do that.

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There's a zipline 1/2 day adventure where they pick you up from a couple spots in Vegas and take you to a canyon to do  zip lining. That would be cool!

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Living history programs at Fort Clatsop are good, (natl park), Oregon Coast always spectacular, we're not far from Diva, would love it if you stopped in.  Let us know as the time gets closer.  We'll watch for good events.  You'll have well-deserved your time off.

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Bryce National Park was amazing. Zion was good, but we were more impressed with Bryce. Las Vegas has a beautiful park, Spring Mountain and Red Spring, out near Red Rock. The Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam are about a day drive back and forth, but better if you leave more time. I'm not sure if the North Rim is open at that time of year. If you are a big Bonnie and Clyde fan, they have their car at the Primm resort on the border with California. It's full of holes from the last gun fight.

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COME AND VISIT US! We're 4 1/2 hours from Seattle and the Oregon coast is spectacular.

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

COME AND VISIT US! We're 4 1/2 hours from Seattle and the Oregon coast is spectacular.

I was looking at doing that. Eye-wink If we can't get in to see Crater Lake we'll head for the coast instead.

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Madeleine wrote:

Breakfast Diva wrote:

COME AND VISIT US! We're 4 1/2 hours from Seattle and the Oregon coast is spectacular.

I was looking at doing that. Eye-wink If we can't get in to see Crater Lake we'll head for the coast instead.

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The Pass at Glacier does not open until mid-June.

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