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Where to go for 6 weeks by pp on 5 June 2006 12:35am
I'm starting to think about a 6 week trip from Dec this year. Problem is I can't make up my mind where to go!!

Over the years I've travelled through Asia and much of Europe and the USA.

So, do I do a quick run round Oz & NZ or head to South America or..........?

I'm going solo (female) and in my 40s and used to wandering!

Don't mind if cold or hot climate.

Any good suggestions out there?

All ideas welcome.

Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by Ellerd on 5 June 2006 7:36am
How about four weeks in Australia and two in NZ?

Spend a couple of days in Sydney, then follow the Princes Highway to Melbourne via the South Coast of NSW and the Gippsland region of Victoria. Cross Bass Strait (plane or boat) and spend the remainder of your time in Tasmania. Fly back to Melb. and take a flight to NZ for the next two weeks. December is summer in Oz, but you won't experience consistent heat in coastal SE Australia - Sydney averages 26C in December, Melbourne 24C. December is peak holiday season though, so you'll have to book ahead and contend with higher prices.

Northern Australia is hot, wet and sticky in summer, and the interior can be searingly hot - you may want to avoid these places in December.

Hope that's a start!
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by tucsonmike on 5 June 2006 2:32pm
OK PP, where in the United States Canada and Mexico have you NOT been? Let me know and I will "design" something for you.

What do you like to do when you go someplace?

Not trying to rain on the parade Ellerd. Australia would also be great. One day, I'll get my sorry behind to Los Angeles and get on a flight.
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by pp on 12 June 2006 10:42pm
Thanks Folks. Still can't make up my mind.

Mike, I've never 'done' Arizona or Colorado or Mexico. Been reading about Arizona and in particular the south rim of the Grand Canyon and I'm getting interested. Is there enough to see and do for a trip in the winter?

Unsure what there is to see in parts of Mexico. Any help would be helpul.

I love trecking and just chillin out - pretty easy going really.
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by sighthound on 13 June 2006 1:11am
There are lots of things to see in Northern Arizona and winter is the prime tourist time. The Grand Canyon is not far from Flagstaff which has a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon leading to Sedona with its amazing red rocks (and lots of "new age" foolishness".) The wonderful former ghost town of Jerome is nearby. There are many prehistoric sites around like Montezuma's Castle. The Hopi lands with their three mesas are not to be missed, especially Oraibi, the oldest continuously inhabited spot in America. Other nearby places include Monument Valley (where the John Ford Westerns were filmed), Canyon de Chelley, Window Rock and the Navajo nation, The Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert, Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, Paolo Soleri's Acrosanti, a visionary city being built in the middle of the desert. Going west there is the "sunbird" town of Quartzite which has a population of a few hundred in the summer but blossoms into a transient town of 50,000 in the winter with many festivals and exhibitions (especially gem and mineral shows in January/February.)

Not far from the Grand Canyon is Four Corners where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet and there are many interesting sites nearby in the other three states like Mesa Verde in Colorado and Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. It's a wonderful part of the world to explore.
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by tucsonmike on 13 June 2006 3:00am
If you come farther South in Arizona, you can give Phoenix a miss. It is big sprawl like Los Angeles. There are the Indian ruins in Casa Grande (half way between Phoenix and Tucson).

Tucson has all sorts of stuff. I would be happy to be your guide. There is Tombstone, Patagonia etc.

From Tucson, you can easily get luxury buses into Northern Mexico for not much money. There is Alamos to buy silver, the shores of the Gulf of California, Copper Canyon railway.

As you can see, I am only getting warmed up. Between Sighthound and I, we can work out a nice little trip for you.
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by sighthound on 13 June 2006 7:13am
But if have to pass through Phoenix, Taliesan West in Scottsdale (Frank Lloyd Wright's headquarters) is worth a visit and...

Hey, Mike, maybe you and I could lead tours. <G>
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by tucsonmike on 13 June 2006 2:18pm
There you go, Geraldine. My friend and former boss Susi did that in Washington for many years.
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by pp on 14 June 2006 12:05am
Thanks lads, I'm going to go and buy a good book on the area tomorrow and do more reading........

You've been very helpful - thanks!
Re: Where to go for 6 weeks by tucsonmike on 15 June 2006 2:08am
We do what we can (or to quote a line from the first Flashman) we do our poor best LOL!
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