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Driving east across the southern states from LA area to Florida.

Driving east across the southern states from LA area to Florida.

Old Feb 6th, 2010, 04:27 PM
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Driving east across the southern states from LA area to Florida.

We will be leaving So Cal on the 18th of February. Wondering what must sees in New Mexico/Texas along I 10...have some ideas but would appreciate your suggestions.
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Old Feb 7th, 2010, 08:21 AM
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Old Feb 7th, 2010, 06:57 PM
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San Antonio is the biggest must-see on I-10 in TX. Stay downtown on the Riverwalk, visit the Alamo and take the boat ride. Don't miss the great TexMex cuisine.
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Most of your trip will be passing through American Indian country and some national parks of interest.

You can stop off in Yuma Arizona. Then continue east to Phoenix, where the Heard Museum is worth a visit.

http://www.heard.org/

If you make a slight detour north of Phoenix there are a number of interesting Indian ruins: Wupatki probably the best one to visit for your purposes.
http://www.americansouthwest.net/ari..._monument.html

Between Phoenix and Tucson is the Casa Grande ruins, but I'd suggest visiting Wupatki instead.

In Tucson is the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. It's a very interesting museum of the local flora and fauna:

http://www.desertmuseum.org/

After Tucson you have a fairly long drive (not much of interest) until you reach Las Cruces New Mexico. There's the old part of Las Cruces known as Old Mesilla.

http://www.oldmesilla.org/

Stop off for some food at the Double Eagle Restaurant in the plaza of Old Mesilla. Otherwise, there's not much to do in Las Cruces.

Take a detour and take Highway 70 over the mountains to White Sands National Monument, where the sights are quite extraordinary:

http://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm

From White Sands, get on Highway 82 to Carlsbad, maybe spend the night in Carlsbad and then head for Carlsbad Caverns. There's a ten o'clock tour of the King's Palace that is worthwhile.

http://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm

From Carlsbad, you can take 285 south to join up again with I-10 in Texas.

Hope this helps a bit.
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That gets you to Texas. That is a long way from Florida!!
New Orleans, Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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Another vote for White Sands in NM.
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In west Texas take a detour on 118 south to Fort Davis. The McDonald Observatory has a wonderful nightime program called Star Party (check their schedule) where you can see the planets. Davis Mountain SP has nice accomodations in a beautiful adobe type buiding. Nearby Fort Davis has an old western fort and museum for touring. San Antonio is as someone already said a must stop for the Alamo, Riverwalk and whatever else you have time to see. Houston has NASA of course but if you are passing through on a weekend stop west of town near Katy for forbidden-gardens.com if you are interested in the Chineese terra cotta soldiers and especially if you saw the recent traveling exhibit. You have a LONG drive ahead and tons of choices of things to see. Have fun!
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See lots of information here (I saw your post in the Lounge).
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