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    Re: Family holiday to the states

    Here's a tease:

    One side of Hoover Dam, "Lake Meade", then the other side.


    The huge generators, inside the dam, you likely won't have access to..








    Downtown block, light show...(it's constantly moving):
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motogiro View Post
    We've hiked Bryce Canyon. Going down is not so bad but keep in mind you're at 7500-7800 feet above sea level so if you hike your going to feel it unless you already live near those elevations.
    Well I guess living in Holland, at or below sea level isn't going to cut it then

    Quote Originally Posted by Motogiro View Post
    Hiked Sentinel Dome last year in Yosemite and the same thing regarding elevation. Didn't do any hiking through Zion but it's an awesome ride through. All of the parks have their own unique beauty and flavor.
    Well unfortunately it looks like the pass will be closed when we're there but we were warned about snow at the higher elevations, especially in Yosemite.

    Quote Originally Posted by Motogiro View Post
    If your going to be checking out Phoenix I would take the family to Sedona, Az. which is not far from Phoenix and I think you'll really enjoy the sights. Try the Hideaway House for some good food in Sedona. We've eaten at quite a few establishments in Sedona and really liked the food and service at the Hideaway. Sedona Hideaway House
    Great tip, we're thinking about typical "western" scenary, maybe combined with some native American sites / history, that hideaway house has an amazing view as icing on the cake
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    Hopefully you may get to meet a few guys too.
    It would be great to see members of my extended family but it's going to be quite a hectic trip, as it's only 2 weeks and sooo much to see
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    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    I live in San Francisco and you're welcome to contact me about stuff in the vicinity if you have questions. Californians on the whole are rather late risers, so if you get to the touristy spots really early, you can largely skip the obnoxious lines and parking hassles (particularly at Yosemite). That should be easy for you since you'll be 8ish hours ahead.
    Thanks, it's great to have local info our late spring holiday is later than your guys "spring break" so hopefully we shouldn't be too bad with waiting times, although I read on many sites about sometimes wasting hours when it's busy another issue is whether to take a cheaper motel outside the park and travel into the park, or to stay in the park, more expensive but you can get going earlier.
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    How many days are you spending in SF and on your way through to Vegas?.
    I think about 2 days in SF and 2 in Vegas, but we are trying to work out a bit of a scedule at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    Wine country is great(1-2 days), Muir Woods is fantastic (1/2 day), Big Trees State Park is even better, and it's not super crowded like the Sequoia groves in Yosemite (Plus, there is really cheap lodging at the places nearby).
    cheap is good, of course we don't want to miss anything but we are travelling with 4 of us so any where we can save money (in a good way) is welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    If you are bringing or have time to rent a bike, there are some absolutely epic rides in the Sierras and some pretty phenomenal ones out by the coast. If you can rent one for even one day, check out Dubbelju in SF (Rent a Motorcycle at Dubbelju in San Francisco, California) .
    Great Link, they even have my present bike (FJ-09), unfortunately I don't think I have time to spend a day riding, especially as my wife does not like driving abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    I've only been to Vegas once and I don't have any desire to go again. It felt like a theme park. Yes, your kids should be okay in the casinos.

    I've heard great things about King's Canyon since you're going south (reportedly as majestic as Yosemite without the crowds)..
    Well I guess I've heard so many things about Vegas I can't really miss it, and I think it'll be a nice break from the parks, also I hear accomodation is reasonably priced

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    If you drive south along the coast at all, be aware that the pacific coast highway is going to be shut down due to massive rockslides for quite a long time just north of Big Sur (one of the prettiest stretches between, SF and LA, unfortunately).
    I realised this before I booked otherwise we might have driven from SF to LA and then driven back to San Fracisco, via the parks.


    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    If you like poetry, check out the Robinson Jeffers house in Carmel.
    Grand homes are a dime a dozen in Europe, but Hurst Castle and the Winchester Mansion are both neat..
    I guess Poetry is not really my bag, but driving past large houses is always fun to see how "other people" live.

    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    For in SF, I have a little starter map I throw at people: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/...I.kqsM9oIvH9t0 It hasn't been updated for a while, so most of the good things I've found riding aren't on there..
    Great map, thanks, lots of good stuff on there


    Quote Originally Posted by zixaq View Post
    I haven't ridden horses in a long time, but I'm pretty sure any reputable stable is going to have helmets available and they'll be a requirement to ride. Cowboy hats/boots probably won't be a thing unless you find a Dude ranch. Cowboy hats are not very practical for riding, although traditional cowboy boots were specifically made for it .
    I read that a lot of the state parks do horse trips, but I also read that they are normally only a walk or trot, but my girls like to properly ride, but it's good to know about the caps.
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    Grand Canyon Skywalk https://www.grandcanyonwest.com/skyw...agle-point.htm
    Really neat but will burn up an entire day
    That looks amazing, thnx for the tip
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    Quote Originally Posted by TownsendsFJR1300 View Post
    Here's a tease:

    One side of Hoover Dam, "Lake Meade", then the other side.


    The huge generators, inside the dam, you likely won't have access to..

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    Great pics, and i'm really looking forward to seeing it in real
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloggy View Post
    Thank you Sir, we are looking for parks with some great scenary (look out points etc) marked (short) walks with scenic roads. Although I like walking myself the kids are not big fans, but of course if it's to see some stunning scenary, or a waterfall etc then I have a good reason to go for a walk
    Zion usually requires a small (per vehicle) entrance fee, depending on how early in the spring you visit. If its "in season" they have free shuttle buses running on a 15 minute or schedule up and down the park road to get you close to the hiking starting points (or a nice ride for the view. The emerald grotto is a nice hike, about 2 miles round trip depending if you go to the top grotto (recommended). There are several websites with guides about each trail if you are interested.

    Joe's Guide to Zion National Park - Recommended Hikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirLanceralot View Post
    Zion usually requires a small (per vehicle) entrance fee, depending on how early in the spring you visit. If its "in season" they have free shuttle buses running on a 15 minute or schedule up and down the park road to get you close to the hiking starting points (or a nice ride for the view. The emerald grotto is a nice hike, about 2 miles round trip depending if you go to the top grotto (recommended). There are several websites with guides about each trail if you are interested.

    Joe's Guide to Zion National Park - Recommended Hikes
    Many thanks this is great info to know before hand
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