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Trip List by PatsFan584

I want to take a road trip through the American west

25 Mar 2006  Yearning to go west
3.5 of 5 stars based on 11 votes

This list lays out my plans to make a circle through the American west, starting in Boulder.

  • 1. Boulder, CO
    Boulder, Colorado

    Boulder is home to the University of Colorado and serves as a lively, fun college town. There is plenty to do here, lincluding hiking Flagstaff and Chataqua Mountains, which stand right across the street from the CU campus

  • 2. Hike through the wilderness of Yellowstone in Wyoming
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    Yellowstone is home to some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, including Old Faithful Geyser and the Absaroka Mountain Range. There is also plenty of wildlife

  • 3. Stop in southeastern Idaho
    Idaho, United States

    Take it easy in hot springs fueled by an ancient volcano. Immerse yourself in Native American culture. Visit the Paris Tabernacle. Watch a geyser shoot up from the earth. Visit caves. Camp. Hike. Bicycle. This is just some of the stuff to do in southeastern Idaho.

  • 4. Go to Missoula, MT
    Missoula, Montana

    Like Boulder, Missoula is a great college town (this one is home to University of Montana). There's also plenty of outdoor activities, as it is nestled in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains

  • 5. Cross back into Idaho (this time northcentral) and eventually arrive in Seattle
    Seattle, Washington

    I've wanted to visit Seattle ever since I started listening to Pearl Jam and Nirvana when I was in fifth grade. I tried really hard to be grungy (why I wanted to emulate a guy who killed himself at age 27 I don't know) and thought that if I moved to Seattle I'd have a better shot. Then I started watching Frasier and learned about Seattle's world of dainty psychotherapists who talk in British accents to make themselves sound more sophisticated. My whole world turned upside down. Was Seattle a breeding ground for hardrocking, drug-addled musicians or a haven for pedantic anglophiles? Perhaps it is a home to both, each lured in by computer software, 737s and great coffee. I've got to find out.

  • 6. Take in a Mariners game at Safeco Field
    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

    ICHIRO! That's enough of a reason right there to see the Mariners play. But if baseball doesn't do it for you, Safeco is worth seeing just ffrom an architechtual standpoint. It has a retractable roof that doesn't quite close all the way and there is a cafe/bar that looks in the rightfield wall that looks out onto the playing field. There's also a train that passes behind the centerfield bleachers.

  • 7. Drive down the Oregon coast into California, stopping for some whitewater rafting along the way
    Oregon Coast, Oregon, United States

    The Oregon Coast is filled with activities. You can fish, you can cycle, you can hike,you can even go scuba diving, ... the list goes on.

  • 8. Drive down the Pacific Coast Highway on your way to…
    Pacific Coast Highway - Route 1, California, United States

    The PCH starts in Big Sur, CA and ends in San Simeon, CA. Along the way you will encounter Redwood forrests and enchanting views of the blue water of the mighty Pacific.

  • 9. San Francisco onto….
    San Francisco, California

    While some may find the climate a little "smuggy", San Francisco truly is one of America's great cities. Whether you'd like to shop in Union Square, visit Alcatraz or go to PacBel Park to watch a Giants game.San Francisco is full of things to do and full of culture.

  • 10. Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California

    There's a lot more to Los Angeles than Hollywood. If I were there, I would spend most of my time in Santa Monica.

  • 11. Visit the Grand Canyon
    Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

    It has always been a dream of mine to one day visit the Grand Canyon. Those who have been describe it as a transcendental experience, one that exceeds expectations. Visitors can hike the trails surrounding the canyon, take a burro down to the bottom of the canyon or raft on the Colorado River. There's also the enitcing option of just spending the day to take it all in.

  • 12. Drive back to Boulder
    Boulder, Colorado

    That's all she wrote.