Trip Report – Utah and Colorado

IMG_1345

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

I wanted to go somewhere that didn’t look just like home. For several years I had been researching the Grand Canyon, but flights were expensive. After talking to a friend who did a 2-week tour of the national parks, we came up with this 5-day itinerary. The focus was on the three Utah parks – Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef and we made Moab our base. The nearest airports are Salt Lake City and Denver. Since Denver was significantly less expensive and we’d get to explore some of Colorardo, we chose that route. It sounds like a lot, but it worked and was the perfect amount of time. One more day and everyone would be getting cranky. Be sure to click on the hyper-links for detailed posts on each place.

Ski Lift at Vail

Ski Lift at Vail

 

 

Day 1

Fly to Denver

Vail Ski Resort – lunch

Colorado National Monument

Dinner and Overnight in Moab, Utah

 

 

 

Windows Arch at Arches NP

Windows Arch at Arches NP

 

 

Day 2

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Return to Arches NP for Delicate Arch trail at Sunset

Overnight in Moab

Canyonlands NP

Canyonlands NP

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Canyonlands National Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Capital Reef NP

Dinner and Overnight in Moab

 

 

Scenic Colorado

Scenic Colorado

 

 

Day 4

Scenic drive to Telluride

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Overnight in Salida, Co

 

 

 

University of Colorado

University of Colorado

 

 

Day 5

Boulder, Co

Rocky Mountain National Park

Overnight in Denver for early flight the next morning

 

 


Trip Report: New York City

IMG_0863Our girls have wanted to see the Big Apple for a long time. Although they’d been for a family wedding as toddlers, they obviously had no recollection of it. Both my husband and I have done numerous trips to the city so it wasn’t on our radar for a “see something different” vacation. Schedules opened up and I could take one daughter on a mother-daughter trip to New York for three nights. We hit the ground running and didn’t stop until we got on the return plane home.

Per my daughter’s requirements, she didn’t just want to do a bunch of museums. I had to create and itinerary to give her a good overview of Manhattan with a blend of tourist sites, walking around, shopping and dining.

The best way to see the city is to walk. And walk we did. Another great way to see it is by taking the subway. With a refillable Metro card, we got around everywhere by subway or bus. I’m proud to say we only took one cab ride during the entire trip.

Day 1

Arrive around noon

Walk to Fifth Avenue and Times Square

The Tenement Museum

Walk through Little Italy and Chinatown

 

Day 2

National 9/11 Memorial Museum

Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island

Harney and Sons Tea Room

Broadway Show and Times Square

 

Day 3

Upper East Side (Bloomingdale’s, Dyllan’s Candy and Alice’s Tea Cup)

Greenwich Village – lunch at Monte’s, Chelsea Market, High Line

Central Park

Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Day 4

Walk to Columbus Circle and west side of Central Park

Depart