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So, with impeccable timing, my husband and I are going on vacation in about a week. To the National Parks of the Southwest. A few of them anyway. Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. Do you see where this is going already?
Yup. The government shutdown.
I am generally an optimistic person, but I’m also a just-in-case-r at heart. So, just in case the shutdown is ongoing when we fly in to Vegas, do any of you have suggestions for where we should go if the National Parks are still closed? We’re staying our first and last nights in Vegas and that’s probably going to be more than enough for this Introverted Reader. We’ve come up with the vague idea of just driving across to San Diego, but we’ve never been to the Southwest at all; I’m not entirely ready to give up on the idea. I mean, look at these gorgeous photos:
|Grand Canyon. From Wikimedia Commons,
taken by Muu-Karhu
|Bryce Canyon. From Wikimedia Commons,
taken by Ymaup
|Zion. From Wikimedia Commons
Taken by Diliff
In the brief amount of time that I’ve spent looking for alternate ideas, I keep smacking into National Parks. I have one friend who has been telling me to go to Sedona ever since she heard we were going out that way, so that could be one possibility. I’m just looking for more ideas. That rocky landscape is so very different from what I’m used to:
|Blue Ridge Parkway. From Wikimedia Commons
taken by Ken Thomas
We’ve already booked hotels in Tusayan, AZ; Panguitch, UT; and Springdale, UT. If we have to, we’ll cancel. I’d rather not, partly because I don’t want to take a chance on any cancellation fees but also because I know local businesses have to be hurting from all this mess. I know ours are; fall is prime tourist season here at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Any ideas out there on the interwebs? Where can we go that isn’t a National Park that’s within driving distance of Vegas? Just in case.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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