Although we have seen many places in the world, we had never seen the Grand Canyon, so we decided that this was the year. We flew to Denver and rented a car for a month, during which we travelled some 5000 miles. We expected to see some great scenery, but we did not expect to be so truly awed so often.
Scenery - Spectacular, Awesome.
US National Parks Pass - US$50 for driver and passengers for one year to all USA National Parks and Monuments (for US citizens the Golden Age Pass at US$10 is valid for life to those over 62 - talk about value!)
People - friendly, helpful, open.
Motel prices - averaged C$62.50 per night with continental breakfast vs C$76 on a recent trip through rural Manitoba.
Gasoline prices - about C$2.50 / USgal vs C$3.25 at home.
Roads - excellent condition: virtually no broken pavement, comfortably cruisable at the speed limits.
Speed limits - 75 mph on Interstates, 65 mph on US highways (and the transport trucks passed us on the Interstates - can't imagine what their fuel consumption must be).
Following is our itinerary, which was pretty close to what we had planned using the Internet
and travel brochures from the various states and cities. The map is clickable for a
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| Grands Tetons
| Salt Lake City
| Bryce Canyon
| Zion Canyon
| Grand Canyon North Rim
| Arizona Strip
| Las Vegas
| Hoover Dam
| Route 66
| Grand Canyon South Rim
| El Paso|
| White Sands
| Santa Fe
| Palo Duro Canyon
| Dodge City
| Pike's Peak
| Garden of the Gods