Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas in 14 days

Days 1 – 3 Austin, Texas “Everything’s bigger in Texas………………… the music, the warmth, the action, the buildings, the steaks – just a fraction, the jazz, beats and good time blues, the drives, the dives, those off-beat views, the Galveston sand, that quirky Strand, historic Jefferson, – the odd bayou gator, gorgeous Georgetown, and its … More Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas in 14 days

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