Travel tips

 

Well, our trip out west has ended.

We went to/through VA, NC, MS, TN, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, NV, UT, ID & WY. We were gone 29 days.

First, let me advise you to check out casinos with hotels - even if you don't gambol. Most of the time the casino hotel rates are much less than a 1st class hotel nearby. The casinos also have excellent restaurants inhouse. Many of them feature buffets with low prices. Most have free live entertainment nightly (usually a band). If you smoke, be sure to have enough tobacco with you. Cigarettes go from 9 to 15 dollars a pack. Everything in the gift shop is high. Some have parking garages and your vehicle is safer there than it is at Holiday Inn (lots of roaming security & cameras). If you do gamble - call ahead for reservations. If you are rated with Harrah's, MGM or other group, you can get the room comped easier than you can online, if that casino is associated. Remember to load the "Casinos USA POI" into your GPS.

Carry extra windshield washer fluid with you, as there are lots of large bugs out west - Walmart or Sam's Club has much lower prices than gas stations or truck stops.

Don't always rely on online reviews! We went to Chaco canyon in NM. All the online reviews recommended using the "North entrance" to get there. The park is paved, but the 2 entrance roads are state maintained gravel. Well, the north road has to be one of the worst "maintained" gravel roads I have ever driven. Severe washboard all the way, except for the muddy part at a stream we had to cross. A park ranger told us the "Southern" entrance was better. It was, but was way, way longer. And the southern entrance has an extremely steep hill (down, on the way out) that I doubt that anything without 4WD could climb after a rain. I can't imagine a camper getting up that hill with out straining!

Stop at major brand Truck Stops for fuel and restroom breaks. We found Love's to be the most clean and friendly and they didn't care if you bought anything or not. Load a couple of truckstop POIs into your GPS as exits can be few and far between out west in some areas.

Plan for enough time to be able to see what you want to see. We were at Yellowstone almost 3 days and still did not see everything. Have someone to always have the camera ready to shoot, as animals can appear and disappear very quickly. Plan on doing some walking to see some site there. We are going back to see the rest - maybe next year.

That's it for now.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

Good advice for the casinos.

Good advice for the casinos. I don’t gamble, but when on road trips for sightseeing, I’ve never had an issue at hotels connected to casinos.

Recommendation

ceevee wrote:

Good advice for the casinos. I don’t gamble, but when on road trips for sightseeing, I’ve never had an issue at hotels connected to casinos.

I will recommend a casino though. It's Twin Arrows east of Flagstaff. We were there for the 4th of July and they had a fireworks display that impressed us. They also had Native American artists there selling jewelry, etc. Nice place with super friendly employees.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

the only issue

ceevee wrote:

Good advice for the casinos. I don’t gamble, but when on road trips for sightseeing, I’ve never had an issue at hotels connected to casinos.

The only issue my wife and I have is we don't smoke and second-hand smoke plays havoc with our sinuses. You can't get anywhere in a casino without going through the gambling floor.

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some are better than others

Box Car wrote:

The only issue my wife and I have is we don't smoke and second-hand smoke plays havoc with our sinuses. You can't get anywhere in a casino without going through the gambling floor.

That's very true in most cases. Borgata in Atlantic City allows you to get to all shops and restaurants without going on the casino floor and most of the casino is non-smoking - I think all NJ casinos are that way. Venetian in Las Vegas allows you to skirt most of the casino floor. And in some casinos - no smoking at all (MD is one state that I know of).

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA

Great choice of spelling

metricman wrote:

...First, let me advise you to check out casinos with hotels - even if you don't gambol...

Hey, metricman, does your wife mind if you do gambol? Can I watch?

Phil

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

No pictures

And if you staying in casino just remember one thing. Don't try to take pictures of people gambling. Even pictures with general view of gambling areas. Because if you do you are for unpleasant meeting with security.

Generally if you ant to take pictures just talk to security firs about policies they have in pace. Otherwise you may get your stay in casino cut short.

Policy enforcement varies

grzesja wrote:

And if you staying in casino just remember one thing. Don't try to take pictures of people gambling. Even pictures with general view of gambling areas. Because if you do you are for unpleasant meeting with security.

Generally if you ant to take pictures just talk to security firs about policies they have in pace. Otherwise you may get your stay in casino cut short.

Most casinos will look the other way when you take a quick pic of a big win. They get free publicity from that whenever you show it to friends. On the other hand they really frown on folks taking video. The casinos are allowing some people to create videos of their play sessions - with permission. Go to TouTube and look up "Low Roller" or Brian Christopher. Because of their high Youtube viewing numbers they can obtain permission to create videos. One of Brian's videos is over 1 million views.

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Metricman Nuvi 660, GTM-20 Traffic Receiver Nuvi 3597 GTM-60 Traffic Receiver Williamsburg, VA