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Old 08-21-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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Precisely! The flight tickets were just too costly while a drive worked out much cheaper even though it means that we have to invest a significant amount of time in driving.

Thank you all for offering a view on all the pros and cons about making the trip. I now have aspects of the trip to think about that I might have neglected earlier. Guess it is time to go back to the drawing board.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Take the trip for the sake of the trip, not the destination. Pick a direction, head that way until you don't want to. Stop at roadside dives, historical markers and cheesy tourist attractions, have an adventure. If you want to head to Aspen, the Appalachians or Alvin, do. it doesn't matter if you get there or not. It's your time.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:09 PM
 
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We've done the drive from Dallas many times - going all the way to Aspen - 15 hours doesn't seem right given your will be dealing with holiday traffic.

I can't imagine driving that far and basically having one day to enjoy it. There are places that are closer that will get you out of the heat/humidity of Dallas.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Noblesville, IN
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I know you're thinking cool...just get as far away as possible...but that time frame is a bit chaotic and you know how holiday traffic could totally change your mood. Not a good start for a much needed break.

SO, how about somewhere close that has cool water and beautiful scenery? Don't think I'm nuts, but have you been to Broken Bow Lake in SE Oklahoma? Beaver's Bend State Park is so pretty, quiet, so many things to do including canoeing, fishing...outdoor stuff...but the water is so cold and perfect that the heat melts away...at least for a nice while.

I know it's not exciting, but it is relaxing. And only 2-3 hours from Dallas. Or, I guess you could get on I-35 North and keep driving till the weather changes. You can make it to Minnesota in about the same time and I hear it's really pretty up there!

Let us know what you decide!!
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I used to drive from Illinois to Colorado straight through, took about 14 hours. I have no desire to do it today but when I was younger it didn't seem like a big deal.

I agree, though, that if your primary goal is to take a road trip, see some scenery, and get away from the oppressive heat, driving all the way to Aspen is a waste. I spent 5 summers working in Colorado and have never had any desire to go to Aspen; it's just too teflon-coated for me. In your shoes, I would take the advice someone else has posted and research a trip to northern New Mexico. Cool weather, beautiful scenery, fascinating history, more reasonable accomodations, and a place where you get a feel for the real American west rather than a transplanted section of Hollywood. Plus it's a 5 hour shorter trip, which works out to 10 extra hours spent doing something other than driving.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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if you just wanna beat the heat, get outta town, take a road trip, see the mountains of colorado i'd recommend checking out cripple creek. just outside colorado springs, next to pikes peak in the mountains, and it'll take a lot of difficult miles off your trip.
there are numerous casinos, shoppes, and tourist attractions there, including a gold mine tour that will guarantee no heat!
northern new mexico would be a good choice as well, easy access, all interstate, and plenty to keep you busy in albuquerque for a day.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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Take WARM coats. I have seen snow in Aspen that time of year. Jeans, should be okay with tennis shoes. Have some gloves, if you need to change a tire. Warm gloves.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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1) pray for a cool weekend in DFW and get some netflix videos of Aspen
2) Ruidoso area of NM is nice, cool, and closer.
3) Spent much time in the TX hill country? (Ingram, Hunt area, as well as Canyon Lake)
4) IF you Gotta Go to Aspen... consider Buena Vista / Independence Pass route (very pretty)

personally,
I have been quite disappointed in holiday weekend getaways to 'trendy' towns. Go off season and they can be very nice AND affordable. YMMV.

for the long drive... I trust at least one of you is an excellent night driver. I do most my driving at night and am fascinated (i.e. non-sleepy) by the moonlight views and interesting animals to watch out for (deer, antelope, coons, possums, owls...) I take catnaps (usually in a shady park) during the day, and frequently near sunrise time. (very dangerous time for folks that you may encounter who are falling asleep). 2pm-2:30pm used to be a bad time (drunks heading home) But I have not experienced much problem with that lately.

BTW: I just did a Ft Colllins, CO to DFW run in May (driving a moving truck for a friend). Windy...!!! ... I enjoyed Kansas as usual, but OK was the pits. My 'other driver' (another vehicle) was very green at distance driving. He 'hit-the-wall' and we were forced to stop and sleep way too frequently for my tastes.... Consequently, it took for ever!!!.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Default cheap NYC trip

To answer the first question, Aspen is something we decided upon at the spur of the moment. We want to get out of Dallas during the long weekend but flying to NYC (where I have my cousins) or Las Vegas or Key West all seem very costly.

The only option left is driving some place. With the oppressive heat here in Dallas, a place like Aspen seems heavenly, which is why we zeroed in on it. Frankly, if there is some place cooler which we can get to in a shorter time, we would gladly opt for that.
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If you wanted to do a cheap NY trip, see if you can get a Southwest flight from Dallas to Islip airport on Long Island. Islip airport is no more then a 10 minute taxi ride from the Ronkonkoma train station and from there its a 90 minute train ride toi midtown. Seems better then doing a 30 hour car trip in a place you'll spend less then 30 hours in.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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When you put it this way, this sure seems daunting.

To answer the first question, Aspen is something we decided upon at the spur of the moment. We want to get out of Dallas during the long weekend but flying to NYC (where I have my cousins) or Las Vegas or Key West all seem very costly.

The only option left is driving some place. With the oppressive heat here in Dallas, a place like Aspen seems heavenly, which is why we zeroed in on it.
Frankly, if there is some place cooler which we can get to in a shorter time, we would gladly opt for that.
Santa Fe and Taos, NM
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