- By Kevin
- On Jun 12, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
For explorers who like to mix history and geology with their adventuring, who want to find the different part of the Grand Canyon, think about the Grand Canyon sightseeing tours, there are three fascinating national monuments within a 40-mile drive. Study the culture and geology of the Colorado Plateau at the Museum of Northern Arizona then hike to cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument, a lava field at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (nps/sucr) and an 800-year-old pueblo at Wupatki National Monument.
And oh, we almost forgot. Eighty miles north of Flagstaff is one the most popular national parks in the United States, a place known as the Grand Canyon. Home to the mighty Colorado River, rugged canyon trails, breathtaking sunsets and an array of flora and fauna – it just might be worthy of a detour.
Atlanta to LA road trip: following the Due Date route
In the film Due Date, Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis, as an expectant father and aspiring actor, race west from Atlanta across the south to LA. It’s a great route, and even better if you take it slow. Here are some of our favorite things to do at their main stops along the way.
Rise early, grab some bagels at Highland Bakery in Atlanta’s Old Fourth, and head out of town for the best breakfast spot in the South. Take Ponce De Leon Ave (Hwy 78) 15 miles east to the world’s biggest chunk of exposed granite, aka Stone Mountain Park. The centerpiece of a 3200-acre park is the Confederate Memorial, a relief of Robert E Lee and the gang that dwarfs Mt Rushmore. The park starts filling up after 10am, so it pays to get there by 9am. Take the (free) trail 1-1/2 miles up the mountain and have a breakfast looking out over the Atlanta skyline.
Dallas? Hmm. Let’s skip Dallas. Fort Worth, its drawling neighbor to the west, is more fun. Particularly if you spring for the corner 'Bonnie & Clyde' suite at the super Stockyards Hotel in the fun Historic Stockyards district. There’s bullet holes in the wood shutters (not as cheesy as it sounds) and one of the duo’s guns encased on the wall. Outside you can get boots and barbecue, then see longhorns parade down Exchange Avenue, and finish a night aside 6000 two-steppers at the legendary honky-tonk Billy Bob’s Texas. Drink what you want – they’re all walking distance from each other.
The boys head south from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Las Cruces – good idea, particularly if you stop for the world’s greatest green-chili burger at the Owl Bar & Café, 90 miles south of Albuquerque in San Antonio. Beef comes pancake flat, piled with cheese, pickles, tomato and that green chili. It is very, very good.