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Roadtriping all around Canada and the USA what are your ''Must see''?

 
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Feb 05, 2013 01:37 |  #1

***UPDATE***

I am back in Los Angeles. My near future plans are Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Joshua Tree.

After that? No idea. I need to start driving back west to Florida, than drive north back up to Montreal. I have 5 weeks ~

You guys know your country more than me, what should I go check out for, which roads should I choose, what nationnal park can't I miss, specially photography wise? I'll probably drive throught Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississipi, Alabama, Georgia. I think that is my plan for the next two weeks.

I'm all up for your suggestions, thanks for making this trip all across America awesome.

If I'll drive pass by you and want to hang out, show me your city around or have a beer, let me know, I'm in for sure!

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Hi everyone, I'm David.

I've left Montreal by car with a friend for a huge roadtrip/photography trip. We are now in Whistler and will drive all the way to Los Angeles, fly to Costa Rica, come back in L.A then drive east to Florida and finally up north back to Montreal.

I want to know what are your ''must see'' on the way, your hidden gem, what we really shouldn't miss on. Time isn't an issue, we've got until June.

I'll take note of everything, thanks for your time in helping a photographer living part of a dream.


As of now we are only planning the Western part, we know we want to go to:

-Seattle
-Washington
-Yosemite
-Las Vegas
-San Fransisco
-Los Angeles
-Grand Canyon

And many more.

Hoe you can help us on what we can't miss on, as of now it's been an awesome trip.

You can follow along on my Fb fan page, I'm posting at least a picture a day over there for the time of the trip. --> www.Facebook.com/Photo​dr.ca (external link) (English translation coming soon)

I also started a thread about it over here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1272621

Thanks in advance and can't wait to hear your suggestion! :)


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Feb 05, 2013 02:08 |  #2

Rivest wrote in post #15573861 (external link)
As of now we are only planning the Western part, we know we want to go to:

-Seattle
-Washington
-Yosemite
-Las Vegas
-San Fransisco
-Los Angeles
-Grand Canyon

Thanks in advance and can't wait to hear your suggestion! :)

Well, it looks like most of what you've listed are cities. I would avoid the cities like the plague! There are lots of wide open spaces without people or buildings that are very worthwhile here in the west. That would be my suggestion - avoid the people!

I highly recommend the Olympic peninsula in extreme western Washington. In fact, if you take Route 101 you can travel from the peninsula all the way down to your destination California. The route is a good one, and the vast majority of it takes you thru natural areas such as the Redwood State and National Parks, Olympic National Park, etc.

Coastal Oregon is both beautiful and relaxed.

The best thing that route 101 will do for you is that it'll get you away from the I-5 corridor and all of the associated congestion.


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Feb 05, 2013 08:02 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #3

Personally, I'd rather go to san diego rather than LA, but I'm biased and I hate LA. :D

For calif you have a choice of going down the coast or going down the mountains. For the coast, go down hwy 1 and for the mountains go down 395.

If you choose to go down the coast, then you've got the 17 mile drive in Pebble beach, Hearst Castle, San Luis Obispo, Pismo dunes, Santa Barbara, and finally LA.

On the mountain side, you have a lot of little towns and lakes. Lake Tahoe, Bridgeport, Mono Lake, June lake loop, Mammoth, and Bishop. Lake tahoe is the largest complete with large casinos, and then the next largest is Mammoth. There are probably a dozen or more lakes in the area to stop and lots of good hiking trails.

However, being from canada, you're probably used to seeing mountains and will prefer the coast.

In arizona, you'll want to see sedona and depending on whether you make it far enough south, you've got kartchner caverns, the titan missle museum, Pima air and space museum, and bisbee.

If you head north into Utah, you've got zion national park, Bryce national park, antelope canyon, the petrified forest and monument valley.

A little farther east and you've got the four corners (which is not a place to plan your trip around, but if you're in the area then you might as well stop there), Mesa verde national park, Durango, Silverton, Ourey, and Telluride.


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Feb 05, 2013 09:22 |  #4

If you let me know when your in seattle I may be able to take you around to some of the spots one day.


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Feb 05, 2013 10:49 |  #5

SF --> LA is very nice down the coast. Big Sur is a nice drive.




  
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Feb 05, 2013 11:09 |  #6

Don't forget Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.


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Feb 05, 2013 11:39 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #7

What you want to see as a traveler and what you want to photograph as a photographer might be different things? What are your photographic interests…having checked out your website, I can only assume that you are NOT out to completely avoid people (cities). But beyond this, in terms of photography, what are you seeking?


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Feb 05, 2013 15:08 |  #8

Tom's idea of traveling down 101 from the Olympic Penensula all the way down to California/LA is good, I'd just add a couple thoughts.

First, if you do that you will miss Seattle. I would personally say that Seattle has some great "spots" both for fun and for photography. The Seattle Waterfront is a very cool place to get out and explore, and then a very well-known spot for photograping the Seattle skyline is Kerry Park. Plus, the ferry system is great for getting "out there" a bit, and it is a good connection if you want to go from Hwy 101 to Seattle and back!

Second, if you do decide to go down Hwy 101 but want to get the most out of the coastal areas, pay close attention to a map and be ready to "branch off" of the highway -- it may be a "branch" of Highway 1, or it may be just taking a side road to wander the coast or maybe into a little scenic coastal town. This is especially true in Oregon and Northern California, but then if you get south of LA it is also a good thing!


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Feb 05, 2013 15:25 |  #9

SkipD wrote in post #15575027 (external link)
Don't forget Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

Excellent suggestion. Of course, that would take you 1,000 miles out of your way.

But then again, isn't going way far out of your way the very stuff that road trips are all about?!!!

I'd also recommend Joshua Tree N. P., which is only a couple hours from LA. Photographically speaking, there are a lot of unique opportunities there - especially:

- the Joshua Trees themselves, especially silhouetted against a colorful sunrise or sunset

- Rock Climbers! They climb the rocks all year round, so there is always some vertical drama to capture, if you enjoy taking those kinds of photos.


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Feb 05, 2013 16:20 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #10

First off, buy a US National Parks pass (external link). It will more than pay for itself.

Since you are going to be near the Grand Canyon, consider visiting Havasu Falls (external link). Access is by foot, horse, or helicopter - it's a ten mile hike from the nearest road. My experience found the best time for the photographing falls was in the morning twilight because the campers were still sleeping.

Literally on the Utah / Arizona border are North and South Coyote Buttes (external link). Only 20 people a day are permitted in each, so research this now because permits for the north are done by online lottery 90 days out. Days can be hotter than Hades and with nights below 0ºC so don't show up unprepared.

Utah is a massive playground for high desert, stunning landscapes. I second spyderpig 's recommendations and would add Arches National Park (external link) and Canyonlands National Park (external link). The Colorado Plateau has too many places to list. One caveat : Utah is not even a little tolerant of cannabis. A simple possession charge can include vehicle impoundment and derail the rest of your trip. If you choose to indulge, enjoy it in Washington and Colorado where that skunky scent in the air is the smell of Liberty :) (but please enjoy it responsibly).

If you're passing through southern Colorado, the Great Sand Dunes (external link) are a fun day trip. These tallest and highest dunes in North America have the most dramatic light at sunrise and sunset - of course. June may still have a bit of snow on the mountains which makes for an interesting juxtoposition.

Lastly, off the beaten path in Colorado is Bishop Castle (external link). It's a forty year (and counting) project by Jim Bishop. He's a bit of a nutter but a level-headed person wouldn't have the drive to achieve something of that magnitude.

Have fun, be safe, and may all your hours be golden.




  
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Feb 05, 2013 16:50 |  #11

Rivest wrote in post #15573861 (external link)
come back in L.A then drive east to Florida and finally up north back to Montreal.

Ok I've got a better idea. Map out every Hooter's restaurant between L.A. and Tampa Bay, stop at each one, eat some wings and take some pics.

At every stop, you can tell the Hooters girls about your epic journey. They love to pose for pictures.

The grand canyon will still be there 40 years from now. Do that stuff when you're retired. Have some fun while you're still single!


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Feb 05, 2013 16:59 |  #12

Are you driving I-10 from LA to Florida? If you can find a way...go though Fredericksburg and Austin...not San Antonio. Austin is a BEAUTIFUL city!! You HAVE to see some of it!! :)




  
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Feb 05, 2013 17:34 |  #13

Wow, so many things to see - concentrating on West Coast states for now? If you can, go a little inland and take in (off the top of my head, and not mentioned above):
* Crater Lake, you just have to see it to believe it - amazingly photogenic
* Lassen Volcanic NP - scene of an iconic early photo of an eruption
* Newberry National Volcanic Monument (the big obsidian flow is worth the trip by itself)
* either (or both) Redwoods NP (caostal) or one of the big Sequoia groves (in the Sierra Nevada, mostly)
* Death Valley - visually stunning (as well as damn hot).

That will do for starters. And on your way home, for a fun cultural oddity, check out Carhenge (http://www.carhenge.co​m/ (external link)) near Alliance, Nebraska - I made a 400 mile detour to catch it and wasn't disappointed.


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Feb 05, 2013 19:22 |  #14

Consider seeing Atlantic Canada before heading home if you can squeeze a few extra days into the road trip and haven't been out east yet. Spending a day on the Bay of Fundy to watch the whole tide cycle is well worth it. Just don't go swimming. Cape Breton is well worth the visit, as is Newfoundland, but those are getting way out of the way.

But hey, in for a penny, in for a pound?


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Feb 05, 2013 21:03 |  #15

Wow everyone, I am amazed by all your suggestions/replies! I'll add more details to answer some questions.

We will stop by the big cities, because well we can't really drive in front without stopping. But, we want to concentrate ourself on nature. Landscape. Sight-seeing. Camping. Hiking. Walking. Learning.

We will drive on route 101 to see all that Eastern Coast and beautiful mother nature. We will surely want to go surfing also.

I have a question. We are on a tight budget. We have enough money for the whole trip, but cannot afford Hotels/restaurant everyday. Is it in law to install a tent and just sleep somewhere in nature/on beaches/in woods? I know in Canada it's often technically denied, but it wouldn't get us in trouble for doing so a night here and there.

Continue along with your suggestions and your tips and tricks, there are very appreciated and I take note of everything.

Thanks again for your help!


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