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Little Big Man

Visiting Real Life RDR equivalents

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Little Big Man
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(This is not my exact route, just an internet picture)

I've decided to pull the trigger and visit the deserts in the U.S.A. It seems like classic western territory. Naturally I'd land in LA, and from there I'd explore:

 

  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • Mojave Desert with it's Joshua Trees, between L.A. and L.V.
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley. For ages I've wanted to see MV. Its giant red mesas seem to symbolise the West.


If there's time I'd also like to see:
 

  • Those classic 'stovepipe' saguaro cactuses - they're around Tucson in southern Arizona.
  • Tombstone - also in south Arizona
  • If possible, a little peak at Mexico


I have about two weeks to spare and not a lot of money. I'd like to save cash wherever possible.

Another problem is that I don't have a driver's license. I can drive, I just dont have the piece of paper. Spending my adult life in cities with 10+ million people left me feeling I didn't need one. I've heard that in America it's always best to rent a car. But I'll have to travel by bus or whatever else is available.

I've never been to the western hemisphere before. Have any of you guys done a trip like this? Do you have any advice?


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gonnaenodaethat

Aye take loadsa water pal

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Tonesta

Man, so this is slightly different from the posts I expected to be replying to when I cam on here today!

 

So, yes, I did something similar a few years ago. In fact, I'm a Brit who emigrated to the US to marry my American wife. And after our wedding, I had to wait three months for my work authorization to come through so we decided for our Honeymoon to drive to see my sister-in-law in Los Angeles. We lived in Philly at the time, so it was a long trip! In total, over two months we covered 14,000 miles, visited 25 US states and 21 national parks. Amazing experience.

[as an aside, we also went to New Orleans and spent some time in rural Louisiana - so I guess we covered St. Denis & Lemoyne as well!]

 

We did most of the stops on your tour (LA - Vegas - Joshua Tree NP - Monument Valley - Grand Canyon - Bryce Canyon) and you can probably do those well enough in two weeks, as you suggest. You could probably also add on some of the other national parks in Utah, which are unbelievably spectacular (Bryce was my favourite, but Zion is also stunning and Canyonlands is the lesser known park that's insanely beautiful).

 

As long as you're happy camping, then your accommodation should be pretty cheap. All of the major national parks have great campgrounds - and even outside of the parks, there's plenty of good ones (e.g. KOA). You may just need to book ahead, particularly if you're planning on going to the popular spots in anything approaching high season. An annual pass to all the national parks costs $80 (probably cheaper than paying one-by-one) and you can eat cheaply in the US.

 

But travel is going to be your big problem if you're not driving.

Public transport in the Southwest US is limited, to say the least! Whilst you could probably get a train/bus to Flagstaff, and then find a shuttle up to the Grand Canyon, it's going to take you way longer than driving yourself.

And I've no idea if there is even a way to get public transport to Monument Valley. There's no 'center' there, and definitely no bus station. Part of the appeal is that it's just a road that winds through this gorgeous scenery.

 

Realistically, I think there's only two ways to do it. Either you need to take your test, get yourself a driving license and drive yourself. Or you're going to have to go on an organized tour (of which there will be plenty covering your rough itinerary).

Personally, I'd far prefer the first option - because it gives you so much more freedom - but it sounds like it clearly involves more effort!

 

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TexasOdysseus

If you're limited on time, money and no driver's license, that's a tall order. 

 

I did a road trip two summers ago that took me to a lot of the Western US and a few places I hadn't been before and it was glorious. Mt Rushmore, Black Hills (reminiscent of The Heartlands), Devil's Tower WY, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone (certainly Cotorra Springs in game), Big Sky MT, SLC and Park City UT, Arches Natl Park, Moab, Durango/Silverton, Telluride, etc etc...

 

But if it's deserts you're looking for, then definitely try to hit Monument Valley. And high desert like up in Reno, NV, etc. Another must see if you're around in that area is Sedona, AZ, the famous red rocks and, like Monument Valley, the backdrop to many Western films. 

 

Tombstone is sadly overrated and far too kitcschy for my taste, which is unfortunate, since I love the Old West and the Wyatt Earp saga. Old Tucson is also a must do if you're into Western films and that environment--they had a fire in th emid 90s I think, not sure to what extent it's been rebuilt, but the whole thing is very cool and literally hundreds of films have been made there. 

 

My recommendation is to just traverse a good amount of AZ and that exclusively could get you a flavor or traditional saguaro deserts, high deserts and chaparral, forests, mountains, historical landmarks and national parks. Throw Utah in and you're in heaven for a great itinerary. But you'd have to do it in a car and do some driving. Good luck! The Western US is a wonderful place with great stories to tell, places to see and experience. I miss living in northern AZ and take every chance I can to get out there.

 

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A car would be your most ideal option; but without the license well, that's pretty much an impossibility sadly.

 

So it looks like you're pretty much going to be limited to bussing which isn't terribly expensive but still a hassle when it comes to scheduling. Especially if you're limited to a time frame.

 

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If you have the time and your trip takes you in the direction of Colorado I would recommend Pikes Peak and The Garden of the Gods.

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Ironside

I am Swedish and so is my brother, but he used to live and study in San Diego. I have never been to those parts of the USA but according to my brother, a car is more or less a must have. He said that those parts of the USA is vastly different than for instance northern Europe when it comes to how people travel and transport themselves between destinations. So the first thing he did when he moved there was buying a car.  

 

In your case, you do not have any friends with driving licenses that would like to travel with you? I am actually very much like you as I do not have any drivers license neither, mostly because I have lived in Tokyo for a large part of my life and I never found any reason to have a car. After I married a Japanese woman and moved back to Sweden, I have some regrets that I never took a drivers license as it really creates opportunities to have one. I do not know how old you are but I am 37 and I am seriously thinking to get a drivers license even if I may not buy a car of my own. 

 

So ask some friend if they can accompany you to travel the western parts of the USA? Traveling alone is in my opinion not as fun as traveling with friends and/or family. 

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TexasOdysseus
On 7/30/2019 at 2:46 AM, Ironside said:

I am Swedish and so is my brother, but he used to live and study in San Diego. I have never been to those parts of the USA but according to my brother, a car is more or less a must have. He said that those parts of the USA is vastly different than for instance northern Europe when it comes to how people travel and transport themselves between destinations. So the first thing he did when he moved there was buying a car.  

 

In your case, you do not have any friends with driving licenses that would like to travel with you? I am actually very much like you as I do not have any drivers license neither, mostly because I have lived in Tokyo for a large part of my life and I never found any reason to have a car. After I married a Japanese woman and moved back to Sweden, I have some regrets that I never took a drivers license as it really creates opportunities to have one. I do not know how old you are but I am 37 and I am seriously thinking to get a drivers license even if I may not buy a car of my own. 

 

So ask some friend if they can accompany you to travel the western parts of the USA? Traveling alone is in my opinion not as fun as traveling with friends and/or family. 

Ironside, yeah, a car is a must. I'm glad you mentioned the distances too, because this topic comes up among friends of mine when we discuss mass transit and some of the shortfalls America has in this regard. The flat out reality is that, except for the eastern seaboard and a few other areas, the population density of the US, compounded with the vast geography, just makes it not economically viable, hence the reliance (over-reliance, perhaps) on automobiles. I live in Houston, for instance, and the metro area is enormous (if you take a line from Conroe, in the far north/northwest, to Galveston Island, that's damn near 100 miles! 

 

But road trips are good for the soul! And this is an amazing country to explore by driving. I heartily recommend it to everyone.

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Ironside
2 hours ago, TexasOdysseus said:

Ironside, yeah, a car is a must. I'm glad you mentioned the distances too, because this topic comes up among friends of mine when we discuss mass transit and some of the shortfalls America has in this regard. The flat out reality is that, except for the eastern seaboard and a few other areas, the population density of the US, compounded with the vast geography, just makes it not economically viable, hence the reliance (over-reliance, perhaps) on automobiles. I live in Houston, for instance, and the metro area is enormous (if you take a line from Conroe, in the far north/northwest, to Galveston Island, that's damn near 100 miles! 

 

But road trips are good for the soul! And this is an amazing country to explore by driving. I heartily recommend it to everyone.

I agree! Me and my wife travels a lot and fortunately she has a drivers license. So we are thinking to in a few years, do a coast to coast drive in the USA. We go to Japan so often so both of us wants to go to USA for a change when we find the opportunity and time for it. I have friends from Chicago that I met while living in the USA that also had a lot of travel experience and they said that the greatest thing about driving through the USA, was how many different biomes one can find in one country 🙂 

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