European here. Trip across the US?

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    Feb 20, 2014 12:06 PM GMT
    Hey guys I'm Alex and I'm from Denmark. Me and my dad are planning a trip across America and Texas is going to be the first state (he's such a big fan of cowboys). I was thinking of traveling to Dallas, Austin or Houston. Does anyone have any advice on places to see or routes? My father's also interested in history, scenic areas and we're looking for places with moderate hiking and some cool views.

    Anything you can tell me would be helpful. Thank you!

    Oh and btw this is not my first time visiting the states. Got to watch Raptors vs Celtics in Boston way back in 2009. It was so cool.
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    Feb 20, 2014 1:22 PM GMT
    Las Vegas for the excitement and Sedona, Arizona for the beauty, serene scenery and hiking. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for when it comes to food and hotels. Feel free to contact any RJers in whatever area you're in, I'm sure a lot of us would be willing to steer you towards interesting sights and restaurants.
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    Feb 20, 2014 2:57 PM GMT
    forget Texas and go to northern Arizona and southern Utah (or Colorado). Houston is a waste of time.
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    Feb 20, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    if you drive
    get a street gps that is in a language that your comfortable with. Traffic laws here are generally well enforced.

    Hiking along the continental divide
    Rocky Mountain Nat Park just to name a place. The park is highly regulated. Plenty of trails on National Forest Land; un regulated land owned by the government. No rush to get there as tree line ~10K feet will have snow till August. Go for the trails that are marked, mapped, listed as to difficulty, look on line or get a book. Elevation, average climb are factors. the eco system is delicate beat up so stay on the trail. In a dry high land desert expect day/night to vary 30deg F ...

    most Americans are cute fat hobbits that have been static since the 60's and dont travel much so you can remain a novelty for short periods of time as you pass through.
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    Feb 20, 2014 3:12 PM GMT
    somersault saidforget Texas ...
    good advice; from my point of view.
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    Feb 20, 2014 3:35 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidLas Vegas for the excitement and Sedona, Arizona for the beauty, serene scenery and hiking. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for when it comes to food and hotels. Feel free to contact any RJers in whatever area you're in, I'm sure a lot of us would be willing to steer you towards interesting sights and restaurants.


    Sedona looks beautiful!
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    Feb 20, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    Sedona and Zion Nat'l Park (Utah) are awesome. Sedona is actually pretty small, so you can do it quickly.
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    Feb 20, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    that area (Sedona, Flagstaff and a few other towns there) are an island in Arizona climate wise. There is a slide rock along a stream there that's nice. All high land desert so notice it might be 100deg F outside but the water in the streams or lakes are chunky ice cold.

    Narrow Gage rail road operating in Durango Colorado, somewhat authentic.

    smoke compare the weed in Denver Colorado

    Sante Fe New Mexico is quaint for a short time

    Tucson, hike in the White Mountains, there is a mission church there that is older than most things in N America, the Desert Museum
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    Feb 20, 2014 4:08 PM GMT
    alexhagelskjaer saidHey guys I'm Alex and I'm from Denmark. Me and my dad are planning a trip across America and Texas is going to be the first state (he's such a big fan of cowboys). I was thinking of traveling to Dallas, Austin or Houston. Does anyone have any advice on places to see or routes? My father's also interested in history, scenic areas and we're looking for places with moderate hiking and some cool views.

    Anything you can tell me would be helpful. Thank you!

    Oh and btw this is not my first time visiting the states. Got to watch Raptors vs Celtics in Boston way back in 2009. It was so cool.

    I lived in Houston, it's just a big city, pretty much like any other in the US. You won't see any cowboys there, unless they're stuffed exhibits in a museum. Except if there's a rodeo nearby during your dates, so check online.

    I lived in San Antonio 4 years, probably the best Texas city for sightseeing. You have the historic Alamo, and the Riverwalk nearby is very scenic, some nice riverside dining, if a bit touristy. The "La Villita" section attempts to preserve how the original Mexican village appeared.

    A few miles to the west you have a series of early Spanish colonial church missions (which is what the Alamo was), in various states of ruin or restoration, so those are historical. You can find brochures at the Alamo that map them, and at other locations, as well as online.

    Further west & north, if you have the time to drive, you get into the Hill Country, which has some scenic aspects. Garner State Park west of Hondo is attractive, probably as far as you'd want to drive. I used to take my RV and camp there along the Frio River.

    My dog almost drowned there. The river can be so slow it appeared like glass one morning. My dog saw some ducks in it, and I guess he thought it was just a shallow puddle, like on a road. So he went running and leaped in after them off a raised bank, and went right under.

    He resurfaced choking and struggling. I jumped in after him, fully dressed, and dragged him back out. Silly dog! Of course I didn't punish him, but rather comforted him, I knew he had learned his lesson. Gawd, my memories of the Frio River.
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    Feb 20, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    For history, the city of Richmond Virginia should be on your map. It is the capital of the Confederacy, and for the people there the Civil War has never really ended. It's also an amazingly beautiful place.

    This statue is on Monument Avenue, a grand boulevard studded with statues of Civil War generals (and Arthur Ashe):

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    This is Carytown, the boutique district where the store I started (and sold) is:

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    This is the church on Church Hill where Patrick Henry said "Give me liberty or give me death."

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    The museum of Richmond's native son Edgar Allan Poe:

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    The statue in Jackson Ward of native son, the dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who starred in films with Shirley Temple (and was the subject of the old song "Mr. Bojangles"):

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    The Byrd Park carillon in the prettiest park in town:

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    Grand restored houses in the gentrified historic Fan District:

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    Monument Avenue:

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    Shameless plug for my friend Tammy's coffee and tea store. She roasts the beans on the premises. Wayyy better than Starbucks any day. Rostov's Coffee & Tea:

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    Feb 20, 2014 5:01 PM GMT
    ^^

    who the hell would go to Richmond, VA when you can go to Boston, Philadelphia, Charlestown, SC or Telluride, CO?
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    Feb 20, 2014 6:52 PM GMT
    somersault said^^

    who the hell would go to Richmond, VA when you can go to Boston, Philadelphia, Charlestown, SC or Telluride, CO?

    Because, believe it or not, it's totally worth it. I spent seven years there and the town has as much to offer as Charleston (admittedly also a terrific place). Richmond is also much less touristy than Charleston and is in many ways more authentic.