USA 2008 -
WESTCOAST USA here we come


Day 1 1/9/2008  Monday evening
Location San Francisco, CA
Hotel The Good Nite Inn San Francisco


245 S Airport Blvd
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Airport North is a full service hotel featuring 323 guest rooms and suites, in a unique garden setting, just 1.5 miles north of the San Francisco International Airport.

You will find lovely accommodations, elegantly appointed with custom designed cherry wood furnishings, rich colors and a cozy lounging area for entertaining or unwinding

Distance 16 km to San Francisco
Script Rental car pickup (Alamo) +  check in + Wine & dine in San Francisco
Things to see & visit San Francisco Waterfront: Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square, covering about half a dozen blocks along the waterfront, constitute much of the stereotypical San Francisco image and together are
perhaps the most popular things to do in San Francisco. Tourists walking here are entertained by
street performers and tempted by souvenir shops and restaurants. The Golden Gate Bridge: is an
engineering marvel. Not only is it one of the city's most enjoyable things to do, but it's also one of
the most−photographed sights in the world. A walk on it is a must. Alcatraz: the former prison,
wasn't always a place people wanted to go, but today it's one of the city's most popular sights.
Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Union Square: one of the city's three
original parks, is now a public space atop a multi−level underground parking garage and ringed
with elegant shops and hotels. The Powell cable car line begins about a block away, and the
theatre district is nearby. Cable Cars are often called San Francisco's moving landmark.
Chinatown: expresses what Western architects thought Chinese buildings should look like.
Lombard Street: the "Crookedest" Street is neither the crookedest street in San Francisco nor the
steepest, but it's surely the best−known. The "crooked" section is the block below Hyde Street. No
car to drive down? Take the cable car to Hyde and Lombard and walk. Coit Tower: atop Telegraph
Hill offers panoramic bay and city views, and a bit of San Francisco in the 1930s preserved in its
murals. On the Ocean and Bay : Sausalito, just across San Francisco Bay, has some of the best
views of San Francisco in the area. Take a ferry over, browse a few art galleries and have lunch or
dinner at Spinnaker, one of my favorite area restaurants. Cliff House, on Ocean Beach. has been a
San Francisco standard since 1863, when the first Cliff House was built. Today's version is the
fourth restaurant to stand on this spot.
Links Goodnite Inn Hotel ;
San Francisco ;

Day 2 2/9/2008  Tuesday
Location San Francisco, CA - Sacramento, CA
Hotel La Quinta, Sacramento downtown

200 Jibboom St
Sacramento, CA 95814

Located downtown on the Sacramento River, this La Quinta Inn is adjacent to a running path and within 3 miles of the State Capitol.

Guestrooms feature complimentary wireless Internet access, video-game consoles, free local calls, and premium cable channels.


Distance 141 km to Sacramento
Script Morning ; visit Alcatraz / Lunch @ waterfront (The Spinnaker ) / A small stroll over the Golden Gate
Afternoon ; spending some time in San Francisco... Idea is to get out of the city before rush hour :-)
Spend some time & dine in Old Sacramento

About 1,5hr drive to Sacramento.
Things to see & visit Sacramento Blue Diamond Growers Visit Ctr, Cal Expo, California St University, Crocker Art Ms, Discovery Ms,
Governor's Mansion, Old Sacramento Hist District, Railroad Museum, NBA, State Capitol, Sutter's
Fort State Hist Prk, Indian Ms, Towe Ford Ms, William Land Pk.
Links Alcatraz ;
Spinnaker ;
La Quinta Hotel ;
Sacramento ;,_California



Day 3 3/9/2008  Wednesday
Location Sacramento CA, - Yosemite, CA
Hotel Cedar Lodge, El Portal

9966 Highway 140
El Portal, CA 95318

8 miles from the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park, this lodge offers a "base" for adventures in the surrounding area.

Cedar Lodge guestrooms feature views of mountains and trees; amenities include cable TV with premium channels, and climate control

Distance 277 km to Yosemite
Script Morning ; Leave Sacramento, commence a 3 hours drive to Yosemite
Early noon ;  visit of Yosemite National Park ; highlights see below ; some hikes still to be defined
Evening ; Sleep over in El Portal

Alternative script is to hang around in Sacramento & leave for the evening to Yosemite.
Things to see & visit Yosemite NP ; Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias;
Glacier Point's (summer−fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne
Meadows (summer−fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch
Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley. Boating, camping, fishing,
Glacier Point, hiking and backpacking, Pioneer Yos History Center, swimming, giant sequoias,
High Country, Natural center at Happy Isles, visitor center, waterfalls, winter sports,
Mountain−Sugar Pine Railroad, Valley.
Links Cedar Lodge Hotel ;
Yosemite NP ;
Yosemite NP ;
Yosemite NP ;
Pictures Merced River from YosemiteEl Capitan
Fall in YosemiteHalf Dome in winterBridalveil Fall flows from a U-shaped hanging valley that was created by a tributary glacier.


Day 4 4/9/2008  Thursday
Location Yosemite, CA - Mammoth Lakes, CA
Hotel Quality Inn, Mammoth Lakes

3537 Main St
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Located 4 miles from Mammoth Mountain Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, this hotel is also 8 miles from Devil's Postpile.

Quality Inn Mammoth Lakes’s guestrooms have coffeemakers, complimentary high speed Internet access, microwaves, and refrigerators.

Amenities and facilities at this hotel include a daily complimentary Continental breakfast, guest parking and an on-site spa tub.

Distance 150 km from Yosemite to Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes to Devil's Postpile is about 15 km
Script Morning ; visit of Yosemite National Park ; highlights see below ; some hikes still to be defined
Afternoon ; Drive to Devil's Post pile NM & check in in hotel
Things to see & visit Yosemite NP ; Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias;
Glacier Point's (summer−fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne
Meadows (summer−fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch
Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley. Boating, camping, fishing,
Glacier Point, hiking and backpacking, Pioneer Yos History Center, swimming, giant sequoias,
High Country, Natural center at Happy Isles, visitor center, waterfalls, winter sports,
Mountain−Sugar Pine Railroad, Valley.

Devil's Postpile NM ; Geologic Wonder
Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery.  The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry.


Links Quality Inn Mammoth Lakes ;
Yosemite NP ;
Yosemite NP ;
Devil's postpile NM ;
Devil's postpile NM ;
Pictures Merced River from YosemiteEl Capitan
Fall in YosemiteHalf Dome in winterBridalveil Fall flows from a U-shaped hanging valley that was created by a tributary glacier.

Columnar basalt View of Rainbow Falls from the mist trail.


Day 5 5/9/2008  Friday
Location Mammoth Lakes, Ca - Death Valley, Ca
Hotel Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley

Hwy 190
Death Valley, Ca 92328

Originally built as a working ranch in the 1880's and later the home of the famous twenty mule teams, the Furnace Creek Ranch today offers a complete resort complex in the heart of Death Valley National Park.


Distance 263 km from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley west entrance
70 km from Death Valley west entrance to  Furnace Creek Ranch
Script West entrance, Sand Dunes, Titus Canyon (entrance Beatty NV), Scotty's castle, Ubehebe crater, racetrack
after that ... direction hotel @ Furnace Creek
Things to see & visit Death Valley ; 20−Mule−Team Canyon, Artist's palette, Badwater, camping, Charcoal Kilns, Dante's View, Devil's
Golf Course, Golden Canyon, Natural Bridge, Rhyolite Ghost Town, sand dunes, Scotty's Castle,
Telescope Peak, Ubehebe Crater, Visitor Center, Zabriskie Point.
Links Furnace Creek Ranch Resort ;
Death Valley NP ;
Death Valley NP ;
Death Valley NP ;
Dunes Oasis  (ID:DV0012) Death Valley, CA  (ID:DV09065) Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, CA  (ID:DV09001)
Sand Dunes  (ID:DV09016) Desert Flowers  (ID:DV09022) The Dunes of Death Valley  (ID:DV09064a)
Resort Pool  (ID:DV09035) Train  (ID:BP05) Dunes  (ID:BP39A)





Day 6/7 6/9/2008 & 7/9/2008 Saturday & Sunday
Location Death Valley, Ca - Las Vegas, Nv
Hotel Bellagio, Las Vegas

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

About 1,000 fountains dance to music and light in front of this European-style hotel set along the Las Vegas Strip; Fashion Show Mall and the Las Vegas Convention Center are within 4 miles.


Cirque du Soleil presents the aquatic-based O, a gallery hosts works by renowned artists, and several nightclubs provide live and DJ music; a 9.5-acre garden includes 5 pools.


Bellagio guestrooms and suites feature semi-canopied beds with leather headboards, pillowtop mattresses, and down comforters; bathrooms offer marble and wood vanities, bathrobes, scales, and phones.

Distance 238 km from Death Valley NP to Las Vegas
Script Saturday morning ; Deeper discovery of Death Valley NP ; Zabriskie Point, Dantes View, Artists Drive, Devil's golf course, Bad Water,...
Saturday evening ; drive to Las Vegas (about 3 hrs) ; check in ; roaming in Vegas
Sunday ; And on Sunday the lord said ; thou shalt be resting ;-) ... btw it would be nuts not to use the facilities of this 5* hotel!
Things to see & visit Las Vegas ; Air Nevada Airlines, Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, Convention Ctr, Guiness World of Records Ms,
Imperial Palace Auto Collection, Motor Speedway, Natural Hist Ms, Mt Charleston Recreation
area, Red Rock Canyon, the strip, University of Nevada, Wet 'n Wild.
Links Bellagio Las Vegas ;
Death Valley NP ;
Las Vegas ;,_Nevada
Pictures Image:Las Vegas Strip2.jpg





Day 8 8/9/2008  Monday
Location Las Vegas, Nv - Springdale, Ut
Hotel BW Zion Park Inn, Springdale

1215 Zion Park Blvd
Springdale, Utah 84767

Discover the Best Western Zion Park Inn, surrounded by towering red rock cliffs of Navajo Sandstone and is located 1.5 miles west of the entrance to Zion National Park and the gateway to six of the most spectacular national parks and monuments in the American Southwest. Open year-round, the Best Western Zion Park Inn features a variety of recreational options available in the local area such as horseback riding, biking, hiking and tubing down the Virgin River. Our tastefully appointed rooms are individually climate controlled and feature remote controlled television with satellite service, pay-per-view movies, HBO®, Nintendo® 64 Game System and touch-tone telephones. A restaurant, gift shop, state liquor store and guest laundry are also provided for your convenience.


Distance 86 km from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire SP
219 km from Valley of Fire State Park to Springdale
Script Morning ; Visit of the Valley of Fire State Park
Evening ; Drive to Springdale
Things to see & visit Springdale ;

bicycling, camping, escorted horseback trips, Grand Circle: A Nat Pk Odyssey, guided trips, hiking

tours, Kolob Canyons Visitor Center, mountain climbing, park trails, Zion Nature Center.

Links BW Zion Park Inn, Springdale ;
Valley of Fire SP ;
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Day 9 9/9/2008  Tuesday
Location Springdale, Ut - Tropic, Ut
Hotel America's Best Value Inn & Suites, Tropic

199 N Main Highway 12
Tropic, UT 84776

Located in quiet and relaxing Bryce Valley, the Americas Best Value Inn and Suites is conveniently just moments from Bryce Canyon National Park. Fantastic views of Bryce Canyon National Park and outstanding sunrises and sunsets. We offer 65 rooms and suites to accommodate your vacation needs. Free Parking. There is a restaurant next to the Inn offering a variety of steaks, seafood, pasta, etc. They also have a great selection of beer, wines, and specialty coffee. Enjoy the evening's beautiful sunsets and perfect temperatures in a safe, quiet, and relaxing setting.


Distance 3 km to Zion NP
150 km to Tropic
Script Morning ; Visit of Zion National Park
Evening ; Drive to Tropic
Things to see & visit Tropic ; No data

Zion NP ;  park protects an awe−inspiring cliff−and−canyon landscape and

wilderness. The canyons and rock formations of colorful sandstone, the hot rocky deserts, and

cool forested plateaus are all the result of powerful geomorphic processes and erosion. Massive

cliff walls tower half a mile above the green canyon floor. To truly appreciate the magic of Zion,

one needs to walk among its towering cliffs and explore its small narrow canyons. Zion’s unique

sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is a

6−mile route along the canyon floor, ending at the Temple of Sinawava, where the canyon narrows

and a foot−trail continues to the mouth of the Zion Narrows, a spectacular gorge with walls 12–30

meters wide and up to 300m tall. From early April to late October, a free shuttle bus serves the

Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Private vehicles can only take the road during the other months of the

year. Other roads in Zion, for example, Route 9 which traverses the park from east to west, are

open to private vehicles year−round. Other areas of the park also offer outstanding scenery. The

eastern side of the park is served by the Zion−Mount Carmel Highway, which passes through the

Zion−Mount Carmel Tunnel and ends at Mt. Carmel Junction. The eastern area’s notable features

include Checkerboard Mesa and the East Temple, and one of the more popular hikes, the Canyon

Overlook Trail. West of Zion Canyon, the Kolob Terrace area features the Subway, a famous slot

canyon hike, and Lava Point, which rewards visitors with spectacular views of the entire area. The

Kolob Canyon section, further west near Cedar City, features one of the world's largest rock

arches, Kolob Arch.

Links America's Best Value Inn & Suites, Tropic ;
Zion NP ;
Zion NP ;





Day 10 10/9/2008  Wednesday
Location Tropic, Ut - Escalante, Ut
Hotel Slot Canyons Inn, Escalante

5 miles west of Escalante
Escalante, UT

Welcome to the Slot Canyons Inn in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument region of Utah. We are a new bed and breakfast built in 2006. Slot Canyons inn is located between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks on Scenic Byway 12 in Escalante, Utah. This area is considered one of the most scenic sections of the United States with majestic canyons, mountains and plateaus. The Slot Canyons Inn - Bed and Breakfast offers the finest lodging in one of the most protected environments of the United States. The skies are so clear you can often see 80 to 100 miles in daylight and the stars so bright that the Milky Way truly fits its name. The Escalante River and North Creek converge on our secluded 160 acre property. These two waterways include a two-tiered waterfall along with a private canyon and placid cool, clear waters from the highest plateau in North America.

Distance 7 km from Tropic to Bryce Canyon NP
119 km from Bryce to Escalante
Script Morning ; Visit of Bryce Canyon NP
Evening ; Drive to Escalante
Things to see & visit Escalante ; No Data

Bryce Canyon NP ; Covering 145 km², Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. Despite its name, it is not actually a canyon, but rather a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion of the eastern

flank of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The result of this erosion are delicate and colorful pinnacles

called ‘hoodoos’ that can reach up to 60m in height. Their distinctive pink, red, and orange hue

adds to the magical quality of the landscape. A series of amphitheaters extend more than 30 km

within the park. Bryce is at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park and the Grand

Canyon. The rim at Bryce varies from 2400 to 2700m. Most visitors tour the park using the 29 km

scenic drive, which provides access to 13 viewpoints over the amphitheaters. There are also eight

marked and maintained hiking trails throughout the park, all of which can be hiked in less than a

day. The highest point in the park, Rainbow Point, can be reached via the scenic drive. From here,

the Aquarius Plateau, Bryce Amphitheater, Henry Mountains, Vermilion Cliffs, and White Cliffs can

all be seen. The park is open year−round.

Links Slots Canyon Inn ;
Bryce Canyon  NP ;
Bryce Canyon NP ;

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11/9/2008 & 12/9/2008 Thursday & Friday
Location Escalante, Ut - Torrey, Ut
Hotel BW Capitol Reef Resort, Torrey

Po Box 750160
Torrey, Ut 84775

This hotel primarily caters to leisure travelers and is located just 1 mile from the entrance to the Capitol Reef National Park. The hotel features views of Capitol Reef’s red cliffs and deep canyons. The hotel has an outdoor heated pool, outdoor spa tub, lighted tennis and basketball court, restaurant, fine art photography gallery, and outfitters shop.

Distance 39 km from Escalante to Grand Staircase NM
143 km from Grand Staircase NM to Torrey
20 km from Torrey to Capitol Reef
Script Thursday morning ; Visit of Grand Staircase Escalante NM (Burr Trail, ...)
Thursday evening ; Sleep in Torrey
Friday morning ; Capitol Reef NP / Cathedral Valley Loop
Friday evening ; Sleep in Torrey
Things to see & visit Torrey ; No Data.
Capitol Reef NP ; Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 120 km of the long up−thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, extending like a rugged spine from Thousand
Lake Mountain southward to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park boundary. The town nearest
Capitol Reef is Torrey which lies eight miles west of the visitor's center on Highway 24. Torrey is
very small, but has several motels and restaurants. Activities in the park include hiking, horseback
riding, and a driving tour. Mountain biking is prohibited in the park, but many trails just outside the
park exist.
Links BW Capitol Reef Resort, Torrey ;
Capitol Reef NP ;
Capitol Reef NP ;
Cathedral Valley Loop ;
Grand Staircase NM ;
Grand Staircase NM ;





13/9/2008 & 14/9/2008 Saturday & Sunday
Location Torrey, Ut - Moab, Ut
Hotel Sleep Inn, Moab

1051 S Us 191
Moab, UT 84532

All rooms with over-sized showers. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, year- round indoor hot tub. Free bike storage available.


Distance 111 km from Torrey to Goblin Valley State Park
10 km from Goblin Valley State Park to Little Wild Horse Canyon
164 km from Little Wild Horse Canyon to Moab
10 km from Moab to Arches  NP
Script Saturday morning ; Visit of Goblin Valley State park & Little Wild Horse Canyon
Saturday evening ; drive to Moab
Sunday morning ; Visit of Arches NP
Sunday evening ; drive to Moab
Things to see & visit  

Moab ; hosts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors of the Arches and Canyonlands

National Parks. Arches Ntl Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches in addition to a

variety of unique geological resources and formations. Canyonlands Ntl Park with canyons carved

into the Colorado Plateau by the Colorado River and Green River. Three major districts in this

Canyonlands Ntl Park area: Island in the Sky to the north, The Needles to the south−east and The

Maze to the west. In addition to these major districts there is a detached unit to the north, called

the Horseshoe Canyon Unit. There have been numerous movies filmed in the area ever since,

using the beauty of these parks as backdrops. The area has become a favorite for photographers,

rafters, hikers, and most recently mountain bikers.

Arches NP, Canyonlands Field Institute, Canyonlands NP, Dan O' Laurie Canyon Country

Museum, Dead Horse Point State Park, Hole' n the Rock, Manti−LaSal Nat. Forest, river trips,

sightseeing tours, Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve.

Links Sleep Inn Moab ;
Goblin Valley SP ;
Little Wild Horse Canyon ;
Arches NP ;
Arches NP ;
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Day 15 15/9/2008  Monday
Location Moab, Ut - Blanding Ut
Hotel Super 8 Motel - Blanding

755 S Main St

Blanding, Ut 84511


This hotel is in Blanding, Utah, 70 miles from Lake Powell.


All 60 guestrooms provide cable TV, clock radios, and free local calls.


Super 8 Motel Blanding offers a spa tub, free parking, and a complimentary Continental breakfast.


Distance 50 km from Moab to Dead Horse Point SP
16 km from Dead Horse Point SP to Canyonlands NP (Island in the Sky district)
169 km from Canyonlands to Blanding
Script Morning ; Visit of Dead Horse Point SP
Early noon ; Visit of Canyonlands NP
Evening ; Drive to Blanding
Things to see & visit Blanding No Data
Links Super 8 Motel ;
Dead Horse Point SP (Horseshoe bend) ;
Canyonlands NP ;
Canyonlands NP Island in the Sky ;
Canyonlands NP ;
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Day 16 16/9/2008  Tuesday
Location Blanding, Ut - Kayenta, Az
Hotel BW Wetherill Inn, Kayenta

Best Western Wetherill Inn
Highway 163
Kayenta, Az 86033

Situated at the entrance to Monument Valley, this Kayenta, Arizona hotel is central to a variety of Southwest attractions.

Located in scenic Kayenta, Arizona, the Best Western Wetherill Inn provides spacious, air conditioned rooms for a comfortable stay at an affordable price. Guests are near the Navajo Code Talker Exhibit and the Navajo Culture Center, and the hotel is happy to arrange tours into Monument Valley.

The Best Western Wetherill Inn is a short drive from the Monument Valley Tribal Park and the Navajo National Monument cliff dwellings. Travelers will also only be a couple of hours from the Four Corners, boating on Lake Powell or hiking in Grand Canyon National Park.

Distance 76 km from Blanding to Natural Bridges NM (optional)
72 km from Natural Bridges NM to Valley of the Gods (drive through)
45 km from Valley of the Gods to Monument Valley NP
45 km from Monument Valley NP to Kayenta
Script Early morning ; Visit of the Natural Bridges (approx 2 hrs)
Before noon ; Valley of the Gods (approx 1 hr)
Noon ; Monument Valley NP visit
Evening ; Drive to Kayenta
Things to see & visit

Monument Valley ;  Situated on an Navajo Indian Reservation on the Utah/Arizona border.

There is only one main road, U.S.163, which links Kayenta with U.S.191 in Utah. While state

highways traverse the valley, the most scenic locations are within Monument Valley Navajo Tribal

Park, a Navajo Nation equivalent to a national park. The twin buttes of the Valley ("the Mittens"),

the "Totem Pole" (although the Navajo did not actually build totem poles), and the Ear of the Wind

arch, among other features, have developed iconic status. The stark beauty of Monument Valley

has formed the backdrop to many famous movies, especially westerns, television commercials,

and countless music videos. Visitors can pay an access fee and drive through the park on a

17−mile dirt road. Since Monument Valley is on tribal land, it is not part of the U.S. National park

system, so it is not marked on many road maps as prominently as are National Parks, and on

some maps it is not marked at all.

Links BW Wetherill Inn, Kayenta ;
Natural Bridges NM ;
Valley of the Gods ;
Monument Valley ;
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Day 17 17/9/2008  Wednesday
Location Kayenta, Az - Page, Az
Hotel Courtyard by Marriot Lake Powell

600 Clubhouse Dr
Page, Az 86040

Sit on the dock of the bay and watching the soothing waters of Lake Powell shimmer.

Take advantage of the Lake Powell Boat Tours located only minutes from the hotel.

Plan a meeting or a family reunion using the hotel’s five meeting rooms.

Distance 161 km from Kayenta to Antilope Canyon
10 km from Antilope Canyon to Horse Shoe Bend
10 km from Horse Shoe Bend to Page
Script Morning ; Visit Antelope Canyon
Afternoon ; Horse shoe bend overlook & boating
Evening ; Quick hop to Page
Things to see & visit

Page ; is the gateway to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell. The town is

perched atop Manson Mesa at an elevation of 4,300 feet above sea level and 600 feet above Lake

Powell. Lake Powell is a man−made reservoir on the Colorado River and situated in some of

Southern Utah's finest red−rock desert country. The lake is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of

shoreline. There are 96 major canyons to explore though you'll need a water craft for the majority

of them since access is limited because there are few roads. One of the major attractions is the

Rainbow Bridge Ntl Monument (the largest natural bridge in the world at 88 meters tall and 83

meters across, formed by erosion of the sandstone by water). The Rainbow Bridge may be

reached by boat and is located 50 boat miles northeast of Wahweap Marina. This Marina is

located 6 miles from Page and is by far the largest marina on the lake. A stay on a houseboat can

be alternative for overnights at Lake Powell Resort near the Wahweap Marina or the many hotels

in Page.


Boat trips on Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Ntl Recreation Area, John Wesley Powell Memorial

Museum, Rainbow Bridge NM, scenic flights, wilderness river adventures. The John Wesley

Powell Museum. Glen Canyon Dam. There are tours that take visitors into the walls of this

amazing dam. The Navajo NM has four hiking trails into some of the best Anasazi ruins. Rainbow

Bridge is the largest natural bridge in the world. Glen Canyon Ntl Recreational Area is part of the

Grand Circle, which is a collection of seven national parks, eight national monuments.

Links Antelope Canyon ;
Horse Shoe Bend ;
Courtyard Inn Lake Powell ;
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Day 18 18/9/2008  Thursday
Location Page, Az - Grand Canyon Village, Az
Hotel BW Canyon Squire Inn, Grand Canyon Village

100 Hwy 64
Grand Canyon Village (South Rim), Az 86023

Located within two miles of the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park in the town of Tusayan, this hotel is within nine miles of the park's South Rim Visitor Center.

Guests enjoy an on-site bowling alley and video arcade, seasonal outdoor pool, spa tub, fitness room, and sauna; complimentary Continental breakfast is served daily.


All 250 guestrooms offer Southwestern-style decor, free local calls, complimentary dial-up Internet access with local access, double vanities, and coffeemakers.

Distance 60 km from Page to The Wave
225 kom from The Wave to Grand Canyon Village
Script Morning ; Trying to get a permit ; if not possible we will have a break or move on to the Grand Canyon.
Things to see & visit The Wave
Links The Wave ;
*** We still need a permit ; so we need to be there that day... very very early!

Grand Canyon Squire Inn, Grand Canyon Village ;
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Day 19 19/9/2008  Friday
Location Grand Canyon Village, Az - Kingman, Az
Hotel Days Inn, Kingman

3023 E Andy Devine Ave
Kingman, Az 86401

This two-story Arizona hotel is four miles from Northern Arizona University and six miles from the Kingman Airport.


Wireless Internet is provided throughout the inn, and Continental breakfasts are served daily, both are complimentary.


Each of the 60 air-conditioned guestrooms have one king or two queen beds and a refrigerator; local calls are free.



Distance 3 km from Grand Canyon Village to Grand Canyon NP
280 km from Grand Canyon to Kingman
Script Visit of Grand Canyon NP
Things to see & visit Grand Canyon NP ;

The Grand Canyon is a very colorful, steep−sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River. It is largely

contained within the Grand Canyon National Park, one of the first national parks in the United

States. The canyon, created by the Colorado River over about 6 million years, is 446 km long,

ranges in width from 6.4 to 24 kilometers, and attains a depth of more than 1.6 km. The South Rim

is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year. The Hermit Road is closed to private

vehicles but can be visited with the free shuttle bus from the Village. Allow at least two hours

roundtrip. Views of the river at Hopi, Mohave, and Pima Points. The Desert View Drive, a 25 mile

scenic one−way drive, is accessible by private vehicle. Views of river at Moran Point, Lipan Point,

and at Desert View. A much smaller number of people see the Canyon from the North Rim, which

lies 16 km (as the condor flies) directly across the Canyon from the South Rim. The North Rim is

much less accessible. Heavy snows close the road to the North Rim from late October to mid May

of each year. Even in good weather it's harder to get to. It is 354 km by car from the South Rim.


Park service Ranger Naturalist give free talk about the Grand Canyon in Yavapai Observation

Center or Visitor Center. GCN IMAX Theatre at south entrance. Hiking into Canyon: ask schedule

and conditions. Mule Trip into Canyon for 1,2,3 days. Tusayan Museum for pueblo excavation.

Scenic Flights over the Canyon.


Kingman ; is located in Mohave County, a convenient stop on the way to the Grand Canyon. Nearby

are lakes Mead, Mohave and Havasu, with year−round swimming, waterskiing, fishing and

boating. The city lies on the historic Route 66 and once was a rich silver and gold mining area;

several ghost towns are located nearby. (min. winter temp. 32°F / max. summer temp. 97°F).


The Bonelli House and the Hotel Brunswick/Hotel Beale. The Mohave Museum of History and Art

and Locomotive Park. Grand Canyon Caverns. Grand Canyon West. Hoover Dam. The

Waboyuma Peak Trail and the Cherum Peak Trail. Ghost towns located near Kingman. Chloride

and Oatman. Route 66 & Powerhouse Visitor Center.


Links Grand Canyon NP ;
Grand Canyon NP ;
Days Inn, Kingman ;





Day 20 20/9/2008  Saturday
Location Kingman, Az - Palm Springs, Ca
Hotel Caliente Tropics Resort, Palm Springs
Photo : Caliente Tropics Resort

411 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, Ca 92264

Mid-century Polynesian & Tiki Resort, custom furnished - In Palm Springs, 1 mile to the heart of the village.

Distance 390 km from Grand Canyon to Joshua Tree NP
108 km from Joshua Tree NP to Palm Springs
Script Early wake up call ; We need to drive to Joshua Tree NP, that will take about 4 hrs!
Early noon ; Visit of Joshua Tree NP
Evening ; drive to Palm Springs
Things to see & visit Palm Springs ;

Discovered in 1774 by a Spanish explorer, Palm Springs was originally dubbed Agua Caliente

('Hot Water'). One hundred years later, the sleepy single−store railroad village served as a

stagecoach stop. Today, it is known as 'America's premier desert resort', its warm, dry climate a

favored retreat in winter. It has long been a haven to many Hollywood celebrities. Offering

outstanding golf course, Palm Springs has also become a Mecca for golfers.


Gray Line bus tours, Moorten's Botanical Garden, Oasis Waterpark, Uprising Rock Climbing

Center, Palm Canyon, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Tahquitz

Creek Golf Resort, Village Green Heritage Center.


Links Joshua Tree NP ;
Joshua Tree NP ;
Caliente Tropics Resort ;
Pictures ©  (Philip Greenspun)





Day 21 21/9/2008  Sunday
Location Palm Springs, Ca - Los Angeles, Ca
Hotel Hilton Los Angeles, Universal City

555 Universal Hollywood Dr
Universal City, Ca 91608

Set on 6 hillside acres, this 23-story hotel offers complimentary tram service to Universal Studios Hollywood, which is a block away. A Metro station 2 blocks away provides a link to the rest of the city.


The Hilton’s marble-clad lobby displays museum-quality sculptures and includes a light-filled restaurant and lounge. The outdoor pool and spa tub have views of the Hollywood Hills.


All 483 guestrooms of Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City offer Suite Dreams mattresses, minibars, high-speed Internet access, complimentary weekday newspapers, video games, and in-room safes

Distance 168 km from Palms Springs to Laguna Beach
100 km from Laguna Beach to Universal City
Script Morning ; Sun, see & fun... relaxing @ seafront :-) / Laguna Beach is a fine candidate
Evening ;  Drive to LA after rush hour and settle nearby Universal Studio's
Things to see & visit Los Angeles ;

HOLLYWOOD, 10 miles NE from Los Angeles Intl Airport is the home of the world−famous movie

and television industry.

LOS ANGELES: Malibu, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and Palos Verde are high−class

residential beach communities. Venice Beach is known for bikini−clad roller bladers,

muscle−bound weight lifters and off−beat characters. Long Beach is a seaport with a vibrant

commercial district. Laguna Beach houses a large artistic community. Los Angeles is also noted

for its balmy climate, lush scenery, motion−picture and television industries, freeways, and

occasional earthquakes.


Barnsdall Art Park, Hollywood & vine, Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood Bowl, Entertainment Museum,

Memorial Park Cemetry Mortuary, Studio Museum, Wax Museum, Mann's Chinese Theatre,

Universal Studios, Walk of Fame, Westwood Memorial Cemetry. Hollywood Boulevard. Los

Angeles area: Griffith park. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Paramount Film and Television

Studios. Getty Center. TV production studios. Universal Studios Hollywood. Hollywood

Entertainment Museum. Malibu, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and Palos Verde. Venice Beach.

Long Beach. Rodeo Drive. Disneyland. Farmer's market. Hollywood wakl of fame. Huntington

library, art collection and botanical gardens. Manns chinese theater.

Links Hilton LA, Universal City ;





Day 22 22/9/2008  Monday
Location Universal City, Ca - Los Angeles, Ca
Hotel BW Airpark, LAX

Just 2 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, this hotel is 9 miles from downtown and 5 miles from ocean beaches.


The hotel offers an outdoor pool, daily complimentary Continental breakfast, and complimentary scheduled airport shuttle service.


Best Western Airpark Hotel LAX Airport rooms feature complimentary wireless Internet access, microwaves, and refrigerators.

Distance Universal Studio's is at walking distance from the Hilton...
Script Full day @ Universal Studios
Things to see & visit Universal Studios!
Links BW Airpark, LAX ;
Universal Studios ;



Day 23 22/9/2008  Tuesday morning
Location Los Angeles, Ca - LAX, Ca
Script Outbound flight to Belgium