United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Cape Cod in September with toddler
  2. 2 Help Flying to Portland, Maine
  3. 3 Best City/Place to stopover between Seattle & San Francisco
  4. 4 Driving from California to Denver
  5. 5 1st Visit to USA with kids in Jul-Aug, SFO,LA,SD & LAS - 21 days. Need Help
  6. 6 San Francisco to Monterey Bay Time?
  7. 7 Deep Sea Fishing for children
  8. 8 Plymouth or Cape Code/NEED help
  9. 9 Seattle, Portand, Hood River with kids- short notice
  10. 10 kauai
  11. 11 Last minute: late lunch near Neue Gallerie?
  12. 12 Hawaii Cruise
  13. 13 Trip Report new england - a deer, a moose and a black bear too
  14. 14 Trip Report San Fran & Napa 5/20/2016 - 5/25/2016
  15. 15 Which Island for a 3 week base over Christmas New Year?
  16. 16 First time to Alaska
  17. 17 Hawaii - where?
  18. 18 BBQ
  19. 19 Broiled Chicken and Sour Milk Biscuits in Delaware?
  20. 20 Anaheim - no car
  21. 21 SW Colorado and Moab, UT
  22. 22 Pacific Northwest
  23. 23 2-day pass through trip in Glacier & Waterton National Park
  24. 24 Things to do in NYC
  25. 25 Disappointed with Hotwire for our Austin Rental Car
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Australian couple enjoyed a hot, relaxed month in Four Corners area

Jump to last reply

My husband and I had a month's holiday in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado in June this year. We’ve visited America many times and love holidaying there. Here is a brief rundown of places visited and a few observations.

Flight from Melbourne to LAX, then on to Albuquerque (about a 20 hour journey)
Santa Fe
Farmington
Monument Valley (The View Hotel)
Moab – visited Arches and Canyonlands
Ouray – visited Telluride
Durango
Montrose – visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Grand Junction
Glenwood Springs
Estes Park – visited Rocky Mountain National Park
Broomfield
Denver – flew to LAX with connection to Melbourne

There was really hot weather the whole month of our trip. It was around 35-38 degrees (Celsius) almost every day and a real dry heat. The heat and lack of humidity was wonderful though I could feel my lips and skin crying out for moisture. We made sure to drink lots of water and wore long sleeves if we were out walking for hours and hats and sunscreen.

There were massive wildfires in Colorado and we had concerns about getting too close and being in danger. The one up near High Park, north of Rocky Mountain National Park was our biggest worry but we had 4 days in Estes Park and had no problems at all. Of course it is dreadful for those people who lost their homes and belongings in the fires.

We picked up a hire car on arrival in Albuquerque and dropped it back at Denver airport. This was one of quite a few driving holidays in America. It’s a country that really lends itself to those sort of trips whereas in Europe you are much better off using public transport, to our way of thinking anyway.

We found drivers more courteous and polite, and generally safer than in Australia, and were curious why? Maybe it’s the threat of litigation or maybe there is a greater police presence.

38 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement