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Snowkiwis 2014 (or 2015) family West Coast/Mountain 2 to 3 week trip planning thread

Discussion in 'Travel' started by snowkiwi, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. SAKplumber
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    Hawaii is overrated...come to Kentucky ;) Besides, isn't New Zealand an island? Seen one, seen 'em all, right :p


    LOL (take us with you!)
     
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    You probably right buddy. But we be a temperate island. Hawaii is tropical and the Brady bunch went there, so my little girl says we just have to go dad!
    And to be honest this is the last leg, holiday resort, mum n dads relax feet up, kids in pool all day, stage of the trip.
    Buuuuut ....
    If it's as cheap to fly to Kentucky and they have resort type kid-minders, fluffy tropical drinks (or any alcohol) and recliners, foot massagers for this bear could be an option :)


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    Have you thought about going off the beaten path, places where people generally don't go?
     
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    If you mean literally, I would do that in a heartbeat Jon but my non-camping/hiking wife and Quintessential american experience seeking kids would all beat me up, or worse.

    But you probably mean more thinking outside the box. Thanks I'll have to have a think of some non-standard-tourist outdoors interests of mine....that I can fit in between Disney and the grand canyon that is:rolleyes:

    OK - I'll look into these to start for Sept / Oct 2014:.

    Caves, tunnels, bunkers
    different desert landscapes _ like bryce canyon or monument valley
    Deserted old towns - eg old 1950s and earlier
    Deserted WW2 Aircraft
    Air shows / races
    Outdoor gun shooting - big ones
    Tank driving
     
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    Caves.... Show caves are kind of blah I think and it would be hard to do the non-show caves.

    I was going to suggest take a day and get away from the road. Go where there are no roads.
     
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    We will be doing a few day-hikes away from roads for sure. and honestly I'd love to Off-road drive somewhere, but I've got 2 female family members who freak out a bit if i drive on a flat open field! Off-road would create deafening unpleasant screams.:(

    This is mainly a tame family experience. First time on a plane and out of NZ for the kids.

    The most extreme may well be a possible airshow, (Miramar or Fleetweek) and some shooting.
     
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    I understand the family limitations. I have always thought the best parts of the USA you could not get to with an off road vehicle. You have to go on foot.
     
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    Agree 100%. Same down here. A pack, good boots and a few days. Better than any road access can give you or off-road vehicle access.
     
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    I was out that way last fall - a couple of other thoughts that might be fun for the family around that time of year - and that's a great time to go - it will be blazing hot in the low lands and could get quite cold at elevation.

    - 1/2 day rafting trip down the Colorado
    - rent tandem kayaks and explore some of the coves of Lake Mead or Lake Powell and go swimming
    - Bryce has big family bang for short time - some great short safe hikes in there clicky
    - Zion is incredible, but takes more time, and the world class hikes in there can be quite scary/dangerous/tiring, clicky and clicky, while the safer family hikes can be a bit boring.
    - Kids love Vegas, stay in a hotel with a good water park, the casinos mean 5-star accommodations for dirt cheap
    - Might be worth a little research on the routes you drive - I was caught out a little surprised by some state highways clicky ;)

    Have fun!
     
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    Thanks @reppans.
    I think I did that river walk in one of your photos, was it Zion? I agree world class hiking. I seem to remember another hike called angels something but can't remember if that was Zion or down inside Grand canyon (or one of the other parks - 20 years ago and a bit of a blur now;) )
    I'll definitely look into maybe tandem kayaks
    My wife is a flat-land girl - I managed to get her to go camping...with a fridge! and a few small hikes. But thats as adventurous as she has gotten so far. A rafting trip? we'll see:)

    Vagas will be one base for a couple days - Im thinking the older Circus circus maybe because its kids focus. My wife is a bit concerned about the seedy side of Vegas, but I believe thats just in the downtown area.

    Thanks for the advice
     
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    Yeah the knife-edge hike is called Angels Landing, that and the river hike are both Zion.
     
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    The Grand Canyon has a trail called Bright Angel.
     
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    ^^^^Oh ok did both of them then. :) I'd forgotten they were BOTH angel named. and really enjoyed them at the time.


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    Circus Circus is pretty seedy now in my opinion. If your budget will stand it Mandalay Bay has a great pool area - wave pool, lazy river, etc. Kids love it.
     
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    Good to know thanks. I may need to rethink where I slot Vegas into the trip - because I live by the simple rule on holidays... try to make the next motel/experience better than yesterdays...it just seams to make each day more exciting and enjoyable for the family.
    Eg the first day in a new land can be in a 1970s orange/brown motel, if it has a pool or disneyland next door...AND as long as its clean... then the clan is happy. I save the resort type accommodation for the end.
    And the clean part is pretty mandatory, for the lovely Mrs SK. I've learnt my lesson from $50 a night dives when on my own, and a 2 inch cockroach rockets up the wall behind me. I HATE cockroaches more than any other bug. Spiders can crawl all over me, but getting rid of a 1/2 inch cockroach into the rubbish bin is almost more than I can deal with....but 2 inches! Urgh!
     
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