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Old 07-23-2014, 10:25 AM   #1
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We are wanting to vacation either Utah National parks for a week (probably fly into Vegas) or Bend Oregon (fly into Portland). This will happen around the first of Sept. Which one should we do (weather wise, time wise, etc)? Just need some opinions from those of you that know way more than us on these areas of the country. Remember, we only have 1 week.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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Are you renting a rig or buying a new/used rig or tenting or motel?
What do you like doing?
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:55 AM   #3
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The Bend area is nice, lot's to see and do but if you've never been to the Utah National Parks they are not to be missed - should be on everyone's bucket list. Have fun!
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We did the Utah round (Zion, Bryce, and the GC) a couple years ago, flying in and out of Vegas. You can do it in a very busy week, we took 2 and included Sedona. I'd not do it in one but it can certainly be done.
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We are wanting to vacation either Utah National parks for a week (probably fly into Vegas) or Bend Oregon (fly into Portland). This will happen around the first of Sept. Which one should we do (weather wise, time wise, etc)? Just need some opinions from those of you that know way more than us on these areas of the country. Remember, we only have 1 week.
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Big Lew, I was born in Utah and have visited every NP in the state many times. Everyone should visit these remarkable parks at least once in their life. Each Utah NP is different but they're all beautiful. The three I'd recommend as "not to be missed" are Zion, Arches and a much less visited one -- Bryce. Capital Reef is nice as well, but far less visited. Canyonlands is gorgeous, but again also less visited than Zion or Arches. One of my favorite vacations in southern Utah was spending a week exploring all the little canyons of Lake Powell on a houseboat. Of course you have to rent the boat, usually at some place like Bullfrog Basin, but its not as expensive as you think when you consider there are no restaurant or hotel bills.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:16 AM   #6
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Oh, and my second favorite was a whitewater rafting expedition down the Colorado. You'd fly into Moab. The trips are all inclusive and are reasonably affordable. They have short 1 or 2 day trips all the way up to a week or longer. You'll see beauty you will never forget, get your heart started, and yes, get wet a lot. They time it so at the end of each day you go ashore next to a roaring campfire and a home cooked meal. Fantastic.
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We wish we had more time and if that was the case we would be renting, but we are using a motel.
I like biking, hiking, and just taking everything in, especially nature.
I just felt there would be no better place to get this info then from the folks here. You guys know EVERYTHING! We appreciate you too!
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We wish we had more time and if that was the case we would be renting, but we are using a motel.
I like biking, hiking, and just taking everything in, especially nature.
I just felt there would be no better place to get this info then from the folks here. You guys know EVERYTHING! We appreciate you too!
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Well assuming its Utah (hint hint), there is great hiking in Zion and Bryce, and the Moab area (Arches area) is considered the mountain biking capital of the world.
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In October 2012 we camped at Tumalo State Park close to Bend Oregon. There are good motels in Bend, and lots of hiking around Smith Rock. Some photos here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_...7631852421014/
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:59 AM   #10
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Would vote for Zion. 2 hour easy drive from Vegas. Check out Desert Pearl in Springdale for lodging- 2nd story room has big vaulted ceiling(get one on the river). It's on the Virgin River and close to everything. You take the free shuttle into the park. Easy.
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