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It’s a Western Week: New Trips to Arizona & Beyond

It’s a Western Week: New Trips to Arizona & Beyond Photo

Photo by vampirefan

Posted on May 11, 2010 in Trip Ideas

Is it something we said?

The IgoUgo team arrived back East from sunny Fort Worth last week only to discover that our members were all westward bound. No matter; we’ll take your tips for traveling in California, Nevada, and Arizona and file them away for when the call of the Wild West is upon us again.

Here are a few of the latest IgoUgo goings-on; check them out before heading west this summer.

IgoUgo Hall of Famer vampirefan just shared five trip journals from her first visit to Arizona. We’re agape at how much she fit into her trip--including checking off no less than three bucket-list items (see photo above for one of them). All that and a helpful lesson learned: a surefire way to get your luggage inspected by airport security is to fill it with goodies from a dog bakery.

Fellow Hall of Famer Red Mezz, meanwhile, has been documenting her own time in Arizona in The Art and Grace of the Red Rocks of Arizona and The Grand Canyon, and a Whole Lot More.... We love her rumination on being a visitor in one’s home country after time away. It is, to say the least, full of surprises.

And what do you do when an Icelandic volcano thwarts your trip to Frankfurt, Berlin, and Prague? Enterprising traveler ch2001 embarked on a Backup Vegas Trip that included a spot of tranquility and a little bit of Germany, after all.

The last star of this western (week) is new member CaliforniaBear, who shares a local secret with a way to beat the I-5 blahs. “Interstate 5 through central California has to be one of the most boring drives in the entire state,” he writes. “How the designers managed to build an interstate that doesn't pass through a single town for over 250 miles is beyond me.” His solution? Move over to State Highway 33 and make stops at historic sites like Maricopa, Coalinga, and the Lakeview Gusher.

For extra Western inspiration, see these recent posts highlighting more members’ trips:

National Park Week: Five Parks to Visit in Spring

Four Ways to See Seattle and Western Washington

Palm Desert: Adventure & Culture Reach New Heights

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