New Mexico, USA

Albuquerque to Santa Fe in 14 days Awesome New Mexico – from Newcastle Upon Tyne and other UK Airports New Mexico’s contrasts are as big as your dreams. Gaze at rugged, raw and rocky landscapes, immerse yourself in forests, engage with it’s fascinating ‘wild-west’ history, and be dazzled by displays of gleaming peppers, garish flowers and wildly coloured … More New Mexico, USA

Arizona and the West

Beginning and ending in Phoenix Arizona, we were immediately drenched in spectacular scenery and monuments as we drove to Bisbee, (a former copper mining community, now famed for its eclectic residents, art galleries, music), Tombstone – where we experienced a ‘shoot-out’ at the OK Corral, (of course), on to and the nearby cemetery at Boot Hill, then to Truth or Consequences (New Mexico – so named after a 1950’s US game show, staying at the Sierra Grande Lodge http://www.sierragrandelodge.com – we’d baked driving across the desert but then soaked ourselves in the mineral pools before having a rejuvenating massage complete with Indian herbs), then onto Snowflake – near to Petrified Forest National Park, and another spectacular dirve to Durango (Colorado) – where we stayed at the historic Strater Hotel http://www.strater.com, complete with rag-time piano bar. After Durango we went onto Blanding, set close to the spectacular Monument Valley. We then drove high into the mountains to Boulder, and then Zion National Park (my favourite to date of all the USA National Parks) – before going via Bryce Canyon to Williams and the Grand Canyon. … More Arizona and the West

Japan

Japan – independent travel to Kyoto, Matsumoto and Osaka by plane and train in 14 days Before you go: No visas are required for entry to Japan, and getting around by rail is easy and cheap using rail passes only available to foreign visitors, purchased before travel. Fees include seat reservations (important on busy trains … More Japan