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Offline Suka

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Road trip in Feb/March
« on: September 15, 2013, 04:51:27 PM »
Looking to celebrate a special event with my GF and I next year around late winter/early spring.  I know it's a while away, but trying to get some ideas.  Will be driving since this is the best way to see things.  The two areas I'm looking at are the Pacific Northwest and the Deep South.  We will be leaving from Phoenix and have about two weeks to explore things.  If we did the PNW would like to go from Phx to San Fran then up the coast to maybe Seattle, then back down home.  The other option would be from Phx to Louisiana and lower Mississippi.  This option would bring us through New Mexico and Texas, which I don't have much interest in other than parts of New Mexico.  Do any of you have opinions on either area?  We would love to experience both the French Quarter in NOLA and the Redwood Forest, but can only choose one.               

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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 06:17:56 PM »
Sounds like a serious flip of the coin on this one Suka.  You have chosen 2 outstanding locations!

Being purely selfish here...I would want to do the PNW for their stunning scenery but that's just me.

Good luck with whatever you choose because either one will be a treat!
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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2013, 07:34:15 PM »
I'd do Northwest too.  The Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island, Mount Rainier, and Coeur d'Alene are pretty awesome.  I didn't care for Portland much but Seattle was pretty awesome.  If you can make it over to Banff in Canada, I'd recommend checking that out as well.
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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013, 08:13:56 AM »
You've probably already considered this, but that time of year is very rainy and possibly snowy in the PNW.  Rain is up to you whether you like it or not, but snow could cause you travel trouble between AZ and CA and between CA and OR around Mt. Shasta.  Conversely, I believe that is one of the better times of year as far as weather in the deep south.

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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013, 06:58:21 PM »
Ocho, that is the major reason I'm hesitant on doing the PNW drive at that time of year.  I'm not concerned about the rain, but a little about the snow.  I lived in Minnesota and know how to drive in snow, but concerned if the roads aren't plowed.  It's funny that this time of year people want to visit Phoenix for the weather, yet I'm trying to find a road trip to experience something different for me and my GF.     

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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2013, 07:23:24 PM »
The roads will be plowed in CA, OR, and WA if my experience is any guide.  The problems come up either with huge snow dumps where the plows can't keep up and some passes have avalanche closures, or when an unusually cold storm comes through and it snows where the drivers don't normally deal with snow (that's my polite way of saying the Grapevine near LA!) and wipeouts close the highway.  I wouldn't let it change your plans, just be prepared to be flexible as you may have to wait a day or two to get where your going if a major storm comes in.

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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2013, 06:13:56 PM »
Thanks for the info Ocho. 

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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2013, 08:39:11 PM »
I've actually done the drive from California to Louisiana several times.  Texas CAN be very boring.  This is why after two times, I just did the drive straight through, so I missed most of Texas during the night.  Yes, 36 hour or so drive, straight through.  But that's another discussion.
There's two routes you can go, the I-40 or the I-10.  Both are fun and there's a ton of stuff to stop and see along the way.  Now, if you come this way, I am in Baton Rouge.  And I work at the zoo.  So if you want a photo day at the zoo, I can hook ya up!
I'm still not much up on New Orleans yet, though, but I have friends who can definitely fill in with suggestions where I can't.
The weather here that time of year is really great.  Not too hot and not a lot of humidity.
However, I have run into several snow storms in Arizona and New Mexico during that time driving through
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Re: Road trip in Feb/March
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2013, 06:41:17 PM »
I've actually done the drive from California to Louisiana several times.  Texas CAN be very boring.  This is why after two times, I just did the drive straight through, so I missed most of Texas during the night.  Yes, 36 hour or so drive, straight through.  But that's another discussion.
There's two routes you can go, the I-40 or the I-10.  Both are fun and there's a ton of stuff to stop and see along the way.  Now, if you come this way, I am in Baton Rouge.  And I work at the zoo.  So if you want a photo day at the zoo, I can hook ya up!
I'm still not much up on New Orleans yet, though, but I have friends who can definitely fill in with suggestions where I can't.
The weather here that time of year is really great.  Not too hot and not a lot of humidity.
However, I have run into several snow storms in Arizona and New Mexico during that time driving through

Wow, thanks for the information LHP.  We would be taking the I-10 route, since it's more direct.  Plus my GF has a brother living in the northern part of TX, which we would be able to relax on the way for a night.  Louisiana and southern Miss. is on my bucket list along with the northern pacific coast.  Sounds like I will be looking more into a trip to your neck of the woods at that time of year.  Hope you don't mind if I contact you early next year for more info. about places to stay in or around BR and NO.  If we do this trip would take you up on the zoo photo day for sure.