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Erik Nicely
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I'm moving from San Diego to Texas and since a mover is handling it I have the opportunity to take a leisurely drive to get there I need some tips. I plan on taking interstates 8, 10, and 20 through CA, AZ, NM and TX. I want to see some sights on the way there and besides a detour to Roswell to look at the UFO stuff I haven't picked anything to go look at. I'd like to stay around 200-300 miles to the interstates I mentioned. Anyone with some good ideas for cool stuff to look and places to go in the southern parts of NM, AZ, or TX on the way to Dallas?
 
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Sounds cool but too far out of the way. Thanks though.
 
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I'll second Carlsbad, my brother and I spent several days there a few years back. Great place for photography nuts, but also great if you've only got an hour to do the basic tour.
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I'll third Carlsbad and add Canyon De Chelly, in Arizona's Navajo Nation:

http://www.nps.gov/cach/

Less mobbed than the Grand Canyon, and in some ways more beautiful.

Of course, there's also Monument Valley:

http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/monument_valley/

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Here's a good one, Erik. You list The Last Picture Show as one of your favorite films. It was filmed entirely in Archer City, Texas, which is north of I-20 just west of Fort Worth. And a little further down the road is Wichita Falls, which should be gorgeous this time of year.

If you get lost and head into South Texas, you can check out the basement of the Alamo in San Antonio (sorry, couldn't resist a Pee Wee Herman reference).
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If you head East from El Paso, Carlsbad is about 140 Miles East,
and then Pecos is 90 Miles South.
But the El Paso to Pecos road on the interstate is about 200 miles,
so you're really not losing much ground.

Stay in Carlsbad, about 20 miles East of the caverns, because
White City at the caverns is pretty tiny.

Along the way, the Guadalupe Mountains are very pretty this
time of year. I always like a hike up McKittrick Canyon.

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Sinister Dexter wrote:
If you get lost and head into South Texas, you can check out the basement of the Alamo in San Antonio (sorry, couldn't resist a Pee Wee Herman reference).


Drat. I knew I forgot to do something when we visited the Alamo in August.
 
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Oh well you have to stop and see the Barringer Crator.

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You could also stop in Lincoln to see the Billy the Kid Museum

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Depending on which way you go, you also have White Sands NM...very cool desert, and NASA has a cool tour.
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Remember the Alamo!!

oh, also the Riverwalk (esp at night), both in downtown San Antonio, Tx, oh the Towers of America too.. neat view from up there.

also "natural bridge and caverns" just north of San Antonio. if you like caves and stuff.

In Austin, well theres the Texas Capitol, the Congress Bridge Bats. Austin's known for its live music scene, if your into that.

welcome to Texas!
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Erik Nicely
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Thanks for all of the great replies. I'd love to see that crater and I'm hoping it's not too far out of the way. Always wanted to go to White Sands too. Archer City sounds like a plan (how could I pass that up since I like "The Last Picture Show" so Much). As far as the rest of the stuff in Texas goes I'll have a couple of years at least to check out that state. Johnson Space Center and the Alamo are at the top of the Texas list. I'm going to take some time later today to examine some of the websites for the places that have been recommended.
 
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After a little research looks like White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns are in. Roswell too. Then all kinds of stuff in Texas over the next couple years.
 
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Make sure you have a look at the McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis, TX. They offer a great 2-2 1/2 hour tour in the morning and afternoon. If you head up there in the evening, they have telescope viewing, lectures, etc. on selected nights.
 
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If you're travelling on I-10 east of Tucson to El Paso, you can't possibly miss the road signs for "The Thing?" :

http://www.azcentral.com/travel/arizona/oddballaz/thing.html
 
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