Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands is divided into three distinct areas – Island in the Sky, the Maze and the Needles. And it can take anywhere from over an hour (the Needles) to a full day (the Maze) to reach the other areas. If time is short, this means most visitors will see the Island in the Sky. But if you have more time, you can plan overnight trips to the Maze or explore the Needles further south. Something we will likely do on...

Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton Hot Springs is what you might call an ultra-luxury resort – meaning it is expensive. We found the resort as it is owned by the same group (Canyon Equity) as Amangiri from our previous trip to Utah. However, it is not part of the Aman resorts but a separate property. Dunton was at one time an abandoned ghost town. Around the year 2000, the owners began to convert it into a luxury resort where guests stay in cabins or...

Albuquerque

As we were traveling back to Texas, it made sense to continue down the road to Albuquerque for our flight home. However, this drive might also be useful for those visiting Telluride or Durango headed back a similar direction. One attraction which was highly recommended by the locals in Dunton was the Mesa Verde National Park. It is about an hour off the direct route and depending upon the time of year you travel can include tours of the cliff...

Napa Valley, San Francisco – Itinerary

Napa Valley is one of the most popular and beautiful weekend destinations for a lot of people – and many visitors want to include some of the sights of San Francisco as part of their visit. However, the number of options for stops, lodging, dining and wineries can become quite overwhelming – so planning the perfect itinerary to make the best use of your time can be a challenge. We will provide a quick and easy trip to help make...

Golden Gate, Sausalito

For most travelers, a trip to Napa will involve flying into San Francisco or possibly Oakland.  And for many, traveling west means the times zones will work in your favor so you can leave at a good time and still arrive fairly early in the day.  If you are in a rush to get to Napa Valley, most directions will take you east out of the city and then up to Vallejo and into Napa from the south.  And while...

Napa Valley

Our Napa Valley itinerary is a bit different from our others as there are simply too many options to offer just one plan.  As we always tell our friends, it’s like going to Hawaii – you could plan absolutely nothing and you would still have a wonderful time.  Therefore, we will provide a few sample days at the bottom in case you want to copy/paste them into your plans – but mostly we will point out resources and tips for...

San Francisco

After a few days visiting wine country, it’s time to head back home.  One of the nice things about Napa Valley is most of the activity is during the day so the towns tend to shut down early right after dinner.  This means you can easily plan for an early morning to head back to San Francisco and add a day of sight seeing. Heading back into San Francisco, we took the most direct route but came back in from...

New England – Fall Foliage Itinerary

Touring most of New England in the fall is a lot like saying you want to visit every winery in Napa Valley. There are simply too many towns and places to see, but if you want to visit as much as possible over a long weekend and be assured you will see peak foliage along the way, this trip will highlight top spots, notes and destinations as you tour five states in five days. One added advantage is trying to...