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Little Bighorn — overrated

  • Tom Dell
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  • May 28, 2018
  • Just as the Battle of Little Bighorn was a low point in U.S. history, the national monument established here is definitely not the jewel of the national park system.  I didn’t like it. Does it impose a dilemma for me to be that candid about one of our destinations?  I don’t think so.  Blogs are […]

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    Lincoln, NM: Billy the Kid, the Duke and you

  • Tom Dell
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  • May 20, 2018
  • Things are quiet these days in the village of Lincoln in central New Mexico.  In the 1870s, however, President Rutherford B. Hayes called Lincoln’s main street “the most dangerous street in America.” Welcome to Lincoln State Monument, a historic site that’s a long way from anywhere but which merits a two-hour visit if you’re in […]

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    Palo Duro Canyon — the bottom drops out!

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  • May 14, 2018
  • Road trip destinations and stopovers, like beauty, are in the eyes of their beholders.  So it is with Palo Duro Canyon – a remarkable formation in a part of Texas whose best-known attractions are a row of old Cadillacs planted next to Interstate 40 and a restaurant offering a free 72-ounce steak to anyone who […]

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    Lights, camera, action at Paramount Ranch

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  • May 7, 2018
  • Welcome to Paramount Ranch! We’re heading this week to one parcel of a dynamic National Park Service area hidden in plain sight on the doorstep of Los Angeles – Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  Within the NRA are vast areas of hills, mountains and rocky coastline, with tremendously varied terrain in between. At Paramount […]

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    Cool small town — Deadwood, South Dakota

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  • May 2, 2018
  • You don’t have to be a biker to love Deadwood . . . but it helps. Especially in summer. I really like Deadwood.   It seems to be a lot of things to a lot of people and an attractive road trip destination to just about everyone.  First, let me apologize for the delay caused by […]

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    Update on gas prices and park fees

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  • April 14, 2018
  • Planning a road trip this spring or summer?  This week’s special edition of Road Trips with Tom serves up an update on two factors that may drive up the cost.  One is the price of gasoline.  The other is national park entrance fees. Next week we’ll return to our usual destination-based format with a visit […]

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    A cloud of dust on the Apache Trail

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  • April 9, 2018
  • This week Road trips with Tom is primed for adventure, as we take on Arizona’s legendary Apache Trail – one of the best desert drives you’ll find anywhere. It’s a 180-mile loop out of Phoenix.  You can easily make a nice day trip out of it, although you may want to add time for camping, […]

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