Monday, March 28, 2011

For starters, the State Line-up and possible places to hit!!!

Starting State Colorado (#1)

Utah (#2)

Arches National Park
362 mi - about 6 hours 19 mins

Utah:  ***Golden Cathedral, the last rappel in Neon Canyon

Arizona (#3)

Grand Canyon National Park

 Havasu Falls

Grand Canyon National Park
344 mi - about 7 hours 2 mins
Ruins of Anasazi cliff dwellings Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park (Forests of Stone), Jerome (It used to be a ghost ton but it's now filled with artists, musicians, hermits, writers, etc), Bisbee, Sahuarita, Tubac
Monument Valley
Ruins of Anasazi cliff dwellings Canyon de Chelly
Petrified Forest National Park (Forests of Stone)

Nevada (#4)
drive through via las vegas
Lake Tahoe

California (#5)
Morro Bay... you can pitch a tent on the edge of some amazing 400 foot cliffs... just don't fall off!)
I-40 W
689 mi - about 12 hours 10 mins 
US-101 N
499 mi - about 8 hours 42 mins
Sequoia National Park, Burney Falls
Hearst Castle

Oregon (#6)
US-101 N
383 mi- about 6 hours 57 mins

Cave Junction


Washington (#7)

***Mopeding, La Push

La Push, WA

US-101 N
268 mi- about 5 hours 23 mins
Olympia, WA
US-101 E
187 mi- about 3 hours 43 mins
benched: Seattle's Science Fiction Museum

Idaho (#8)

Drive throughbenched: City of Rocks 
Camping at City of Rocks:
Owyhee River

Montana (#9)

Onondaga Cave State Park
866 mi- about 13 hours 29 mins

Glacier National Park

North Dakota (#10)
Drive through
Red Hills
Plains Art Museum (which contains works from Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali)

Wyoming (#11)
Drive through

South Dakota (#12)
Rapid City
Via US-12 E
486 mi- about 8 hours 25 mins
Cosmos Mystery Area
17.5 mi-about 20 mins

Nebraska (#13)
Drive through

Iowa (#14)
709 mi- about 11 hours 17 mins Pictured Rocks Rock Climbing

Minnesota (#15) 
Drive through?
benched:  Climbing
 Lake Superior
Chippewa National Forest
Barn Bluff Rock Climbing

Wisconsin (#16)
Apostle Islands
Apostle Islands

Chippewa Falls

Via I-35 N
368 mi- about 6 hours 31 mins
Bayfield Ice Caves
Via I-35
182 mi- about 3 hours 16 mins
House on the Rock: Spring Green

Bayfield Ice Caves

Michigan (#17)
Traverse City
Via US-2 E
500 mi- about 11 hours 2 mins

Rocks National Lakeshore

Illinois (#18)


Chicago, Sears Tower's (The Ledge) newest thrill is a glass-bottom floor 103 stories above downtown.
Via US-131 S
315 mi- about 5 hours 44 mins
benched: Jackson Falls Climbing

Indiana (#19)
Drive through

Ohio (#20)
Drive through

benched: Unusual Architecture

Columbus Museum of Art (featuring Norman Rockwell, Picasso and Degas)
Ohiopyle State Park Rock Climbing

Pennsylvania (#21)
Camel Beach Water Park in Tannersville –features twenty-two waterslides


Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water (Mill Run)

Via I-80 E
521 mi- about 8 hours 59 mins 

National Watch and Clock Museum

New York (#22)
Via I-99 N
275 mi- about 5 hours 4 mins

Massachusetts (#23)
Drive through?
Salem, home of the witch trials, where you can sit in on a mock trial

Vermont (#24)
Drive through?
Norman Rockwell Exhibition

New Hampshire (#25)
Drive through?
Bement, located in Bradford (This bridge is a quarter of a mile long and was built in 1854)
Rumney Rock Climbing

Maine (#26)
Blue Hill
584 mi- about 11 hours 17 mins
benched:  Acadia National Park Climbing

Rhode Island (#27)
Newport Mansions
Via 1-95 S and US-1 S
313 mi- about 5 hours 38 mins
Connecticut (#28)

Gillette Castle, Hadlyme
Via RI-138 W and I-95 S
77 mi- about 1 hour 49 mins
New Jersey (#29)
Drive through?

Delaware (#30)
Drive through?

Maryland (#31)
Drive through?
Elk Neck State Park
Clara Barton National Park
Sports Center World
Rocky Gap State Park

West Virginia (#32)
Drive through?
B&O railroad
The Nuclear Bunker for Congress in White Sulphur Springs
New River Gorge Rock Climbing

Virginia (#33)
Drive through?
Neptune Festival
Surfing competitions
Elizabeth Furnace Rock Climbing

Kentucky (#34)
Red River Gorge
1,020 mi- about 16 hours 37 mins
Mammoth Cave

Tennessee (#35)
Drive through?
Fort Pillow Tennessee
Foster Falls Rock Climbing

Obed & Clear Creek Rock Climbing

North Carolina (#36)
309 mi- about 5 hours 19 mins 
Linville Gorge Rock Climbing
Looking Glass Rock Rock Climbing
Rumbling Bald Rock Climbing

South Carolina (#37)

Drive through

Georgia (#38)

A leisurely walk beneath the Live Oak trees, with Spanish Moss in the Wormsloe Historic Site, the avenue of trees is 1.5 miles long

233 mi- about 4 hours 9 mins
Providence Canyon
187 mi- about 3 hours 46 mins

benched: Macon Climbing

Alabama (#39)
Ave Maria Grotto
Via I-65 N
251 mi- about 4 hours 35 mins
benched:  Northern Alabama, bouldering spots

Florida (#40)
Via Pensacola
301 mi- about 5 hours 17mins

Mississippi (#41)
Drive through via hattiesburg

Drive through?

Arkansas (#43)
Van Buren
658 mi- about 11 hours 59 mins
Eureka Springs
110 mi- about 1 hour 51 mins
Visit Eureka in fall, when her trees are exploding with color against the limestone walls that define the little canyon in which she sits.  This amazing town has roads so steep that a a corner, a winding road can start on a home's third floor and be next to its first floor two tight left turns later.   Filled with Victorian homes, coffee shops, galleries and souvenir shops, this getaway in the hills of northwestern Arkansas.
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Rock ClimbingSam's Throne and Surrounding Rock Climbing

Missouri (#44)
Drive through
benched:  Climbing
Warsaw Rock Climbing
Trapper's Camp Rock Climbing

Kansas (#45)
Arkansas City

248 mi- about 4 hours 36 mins
The Wizard of Oz Museum

Oklahoma (#46)
Drive through?
Quartz Mountain Rock Climbing
Wichita Wildlife Refuge Rock Climbing

Texas (#47)
251 mi- about 5 hours 4 mins

New Mexico (#48)
Drive through via Clayton

For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are ablaze with colour as hundreds of balloons soar above spectacular arid landscapes 
Enchanted Tower Rock Climbing
Jemez Valley Area Rock Climbing
Taos Area Rock Climbing
Last Chance Canyon Rock Climbing
Los Alamos and White Rock Rock Climbing
Santa Fe Area Rock Climbing

Back to Denver, Colorado
426 mi- about 7 hours 33 mins

Flight to Hawaii (#49)
Mokuleia Wall Rock Climbing

Flight to Alaska (#50)


Trans-Alaska Pipeline