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Planning a US Road Trip: The Southern Route

Updated on February 5, 2015

A US Road Trip Taking the Southern Route

The I-10, running west of New Orleans, spans the Bonnet Carre Spillway at Lake Pontchartrain.
The I-10, running west of New Orleans, spans the Bonnet Carre Spillway at Lake Pontchartrain. | Source

If you love warmth and sunshine, this is the perfect US road trip for you. You'll get to see eight different states. If you drive at a leisurely but efficient pace, you can make this trip in nine days.

Along this route, you will begin in Los Angeles and end in Jacksonville, Florida, passing through the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.

This route flows through some of the most unique areas in the country. Use the I-10 as your launching pad for side trips to:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns
  • Austin, Texas
  • The Mississippi River
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • So many more beautiful places!

I-10 from Los Angeles to Jacksonville

Interstate 10 runs from coast to coast, covering a total of 3,960 miles.
Interstate 10 runs from coast to coast, covering a total of 3,960 miles.

Interstate 10 Mileage

Miles of I-10
New Mexico

What lies off the exit ramps?

Side destinations off I-10 will make or break your trip. Think of I-10 merely as a roadway that you get back on between the really cool stuff, like the national parks and the coastal Florida panhandle. As you travel through this guide, take note of the special side trips that aren't too far off the main route.

Beginning in the West: Beautiful Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles skyline and San Gabriel mountains, picture by Navid Serrano
The Los Angeles skyline and San Gabriel mountains, picture by Navid Serrano

Beginning your I-10 road trip in the west puts you right in the heart of Los Angeles. There aren't many areas of the world where you'll encounter such a diverse culture as Los Angeles (okay, maybe New York). The best of everything can be found right in the city limits of LA, from restaurants to zoos, skyscrapers to mountains, busy roadways to tranquil parks.

If you have time to explore, head to the northern side of LA and visit some of the famous beach communities: Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and Malibu. Along the southern side are Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach.

Heading southeast, you will feel the temperature rising. The towns of Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, and Cathedral City comprise the hot desert region of Coachella Valley. It's known for its spectacular golf courses and mountainside homes, but also has some of the best restaurants, nightlife, and relaxation opportunities you can find in the entire state. This is definitely a place you'll want to stay a night, especially after being out on the open road all day.

What's cool: A unique culture all its own, LA is made of many smaller cities that each have their own personality. Beach towns like Huntington Beach and Long Beach differ greatly from the inland parts like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or nearby Anaheim.

Not Too Far: San Diego

It's just over 120 miles to San Diego from Los Angeles, an easy drive south along I-5. This drive will take approximately 2-3 hours. On the northern side of San Diego is "Old Town." Also on the northern side is the beautiful shorefront community, La Jolla. Further south, you'll find Sea World and the best zoo in the United States: the San Diego Zoo. To the west of San Diego lies Coronado Beach, connected via the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.

Arizona: Desert Serenity in the Grand Canyon state

Don't let the dry climate and openness of Arizona fool you. There's plenty here to see. Along I-10, you'll pass through Phoenix, where temperatures regularly pass 100 on summer days. Be prepared if you are traveling in the warm months! North of Phoenix, right in the middle of Red Rock Country, lies Sedona. Red rock formations tower into the air, surrounding the upscale desert community. Sedona is home to a large, impressive art community, as well as some of the state's well known spas and state parks.

What's cool: Check out the ghost town of Tombstone, the border towns Nogales and Yuma, and Oak Creek Canyon. There’s also a designated "scenic highway," one of the most breathtaking rides in the state, if not the country, and well worth the drive

An Essential Side Trip: The Grand Canyon

A bighorn ewe at the edge of the Grand Canyon.
A bighorn ewe at the edge of the Grand Canyon. | Source

Have you ever traveled along I-10 from end to end?

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Not Too Far: San Xavier del Bac


The oldest mission in the Southwest is the spectacular San Xavier del Bac Mission, ten miles south of Tucson on Interstate 10. Adobe brick towers into the open desert sky in this Spanish architectural gem. Amazing patios, domes, altars, chapels, towers, painted ceilings, stonework, and native cacti make this a fun trip.

Next Stop: New Mexico

A montage of downtown Santa Fe.
A montage of downtown Santa Fe. | Source

Only a small portion of New Mexico is on Interstate 10. However, to the north are several natural wonders like White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns (see below). The Latino and Native American influence in Albuquerque is colorful and vibrant, with a cool style all its own.

Your drive through the rest of New Mexico can be a dramatic ride or a boring one, depending on your outlook. The scenery is much the same throughout the hundreds of miles of highway, and there are no major cities until you reach Tucson. Instead of looking at the dry desert environment as bleak, lifeless, and dead, instead, see the desert for what it really is: A complex environment teeming with life.

During the day, the white sands can be blinding, but as afternoon approaches, the setting sun brings brilliant colors that light up the landscape in pinks, oranges, purples, and browns. The nocturnal desert wildlife comes out to hunt or be hunted, and the stars illuminate the roadway. If you're looking for a true clear nighttime sky, New Mexico is where you'll find it. Those used to the light pollution of populated areas will be amazed at how the sky is truly supposed to look at night.

Note: Before heading into western Texas, fill your gas tank. Western Texas is miles of open highway with few opportunities to fuel up. When you see a chance, take it.

What's cool: Santa Fe defines the southwest. The city offers a unique desert experience, with a great art community, Spanish-style architecture, top-notch dining, and excellent hiking.

Carlsbad Caverns: New Mexico's Underground National Park


Take a trip to New Mexico's amazing, partially underground, national park, Carlsbad Caverns. You won't regret it. Carlsbad is a small town in the middle of New Mexico, near the Guadalupe Mountain Range and the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Inside the massive cavern are stalactites and stalagmites, natural limestone formations that formed over thousands of years. Bring a sweatshirt, the average cave temperature is around 55 degrees F!

The Grand Circle: An Abundance of National Parks

Arches National Park
Arches National Park

This area of the country offers so much natural beauty that the only way to see it all is to make a giant circle. The area is called the Grand Circle, and it lies far off the Interstate. It's really a separate vacation in itself. In about 7-10 days you can see numerous national parks, all of them breathtaking. You may want to plan a separate trip for these parks, but if you have time, the nearest park to Interstate 10 is Petrified Forest National Park, about 260 miles from Phoenix.

  • Petrified Forest National Park A forest of petrified wood and colorful "badlands," the clay-rich landscape of the southwest.
  • Bryce National Park A large amphitheater of rock formations called hoodoos in southern Utah.
  • Capital Reef National Park A large formation nearly 100 miles long called Waterpocket Fold, a plateau in the middle of the southern Utah desert.
  • Canyonlands Spectacular canyon views, biking, hiking, and enormous panoramic vistas of the southwest from high elevations.
  • Zion National Park The challenging terrain of the Narrows section of Zion and the beautiful enclosed canyon are must-see destinations.
  • Mesa Verde National Park A long lost culture of Native Americans can be found again in the ruins of Cliff Palace and Mesa Verde.
  • Monument Valley You may not have been to the Navajo area of Monument Valley, but you've definitely seen it in western movies and television commercials.
  • Arches National Park An incredible view of the majestic and strange arches that millions of years of erosion have left behind.
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison The Gunnison River carved a mighty slice in the earth in Colorado.
  • Great Basin An underground cave is nicely complemented by gigantic Mount Wheeler in this eastern Nevada park.

Next Stop: Texas

The Alamo in historic San Antonio.
The Alamo in historic San Antonio.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the long stretch of roadway between El Paso and Houston—nearly 900 miles. That's comparable to driving the distance from Providence, Rhode Island to Charleston, South Carolina!

Upon entering the mountainous El Paso area, look for stellar views of the Chihuahuan Desert. In between San Antonio and El Paso, you won't find much. However, there are some sights to see off the Interstate if you have the time. Big Bend National Park is on the southwestern portion of the state, along the Rio Grande River. To the north, you'll find the beautiful Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which contains the highest peak in Texas. San Antonio is the unofficial divider between the eastern and western parts of the state (see below.) On the eastern side of the state, the air becomes gradually more humid as you approach the Gulf area of Houston, America's fourth largest city.

Where should you stay in Texas? From personal experience, you'll want to stay in the major cities. Plan your day to end in Las Cruces, New Mexico, San Antonio, or Houston.

What's cool: Don't miss Austin's music scene. For more of an amusement park experience, visit Sea World in Dallas. Aviation buffs will enjoy Houston's Space Center.

San Antonio

At the midway point between Florida and California (and in the middle of Texas) lies the second largest city in the state, San Antonio. The historic section of town is home to the Alamo, the site of a 13-day siege between Mexican and U.S. forces.

The oak-lined River Walk is beautiful place to visit. Follow the San Antonio River as it winds underneath the city, with towering palm trees and oak trees lining the paved banks. Complete with pedestrian walking, fine restaurants,and lively bars, the River Walk is one of the must-sees of San Antonio.

If you're looking for fun in the form of amusement parks, San Antonio also has its own Sea World, as well as Six Flags Fiesta Texas. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park preserves some of the city's 17th century Spanish missions, while the nearby San Antonio Botanical Garden displays beautiful plants and gardens.

Louisiana: Crossroads of Culture in the Deep South

Louisiana is a crossroads of cultures. You can see it in the varying built-up cities to the sprawling plantations and swamps. It's one of the warmest states in the country, and the humidity makes it feel even hotter. Louisiana is about as "Deep South" as you can get!

Interstate 10 stays mostly inland, but does pass through Lafayette and Lake Charles—two towns that are the center of Cajun culture. Stop in for some authentic Cajun food, at Nimbeaux's, Julien's, and the Blue Dog Cafe.

The coast of Louisiana is immense and vital to the entire country. The longest river in the United States empties into the Gulf of Mexico right in Louisiana's Mississippi River delta, which is the lifeblood of the entire state. Tributaries fuel the bayous, ponds, and lagoons and wind their way to the Mississippi itself. It all culminates south of New Orleans, one of the most vital ecosystems and migratory bird stops in the country. Paddleboat tours give a great glimpse into the importance of the river delta. By car, you can tour much of the delta (or at least see it close up) by driving Highway 21 south to Venice. This is as close the Delta National Wildlife Refuge as you can get. If you'd like to see it further, you'll have to take a boat.

What's cool: The home of Cajun culture, Louisiana blends many influences from around the globe. There's Native American influence, old French ancestry, and Creole and Southern charm. Visit the Garden District, enjoy the trees, and stop by a restaurant for some authentic Cajun cuisine.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast

It's hard to talk about the Mississippi coast without talking about Hurricane Katrina. The coast is still rebuilding. The areas of Gulport and Biloxi offer casinos and restaurants with excellent views of the Gulf Coast's amazing beaches.

What's cool: Try taking a river tour, or explore the roads along the Mississippi. It takes about 90 days for Mississippi River water to move more than 2,500 miles from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico!

Alabama: The Short but Sweet Coast

Alabama's coastline has many lovely inlets and bays, enlarging the overall distance of shoreline. Lighthouses dot the bays leading to Mobile, making for a scenic drive.

The city of Mobile lies at the head of Mobile Bay, which separates Alabama from Florida. In the center of the bay, you'll find the spectacular Dauphin Island. In Mobile proper, find the Museum of Mobile and the USS Battleship Alabama Memorial Park. This is where Mardi Gras celebrations take place every year.

Mobile's real attraction is the Bay and surrounding beaches. Delta excursions through the massive river delta, over twenty golf courses, and some of the south's best seafood restaurants, are all within the Mobile Bay area.

You Made It!: The Florida Panhandle

Panama City Beach on Florida's Emerald Coast.
Panama City Beach on Florida's Emerald Coast. | Source

Florida has hundreds of destinations on the coast as well as inland Orlando, but some of the best beaches lie on the panhandle. Smaller crowds, pure white sands, and southern flavor make the Florida panhandle a delight. If you have the time, the Emerald Coast has some beautiful beaches worth visiting. Port St. Joe, Panama City Beach, Gulf Breeze, and Pensacola have some of the top-rated beaches in the USA.

Interstate 10 ends (or begins, depending upon your point of view!) in the city of Jacksonville. There are plenty of things to do and see here.

  • The Jacksonville Zoo
  • Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
  • Amelia Island, about 20 miles away on the Georgia-Florida state border
  • St. Augustine, which is less than an hour south of the city

What's cool: Try visiting one of the many coastal panhandle towns like Pensacola, Tallahassee, or Panama City, for some of the best beaches for miles.

Not Too Far: Georgia and South Carolina

Georgia and South Carolina have some of the most spectacular coastline in the country. The Cumberland Island National Seashore is in Georgia, just a few miles north of the Florida border. Also in Georgia is the unspoiled Tybee Island and historic Savannah.

In South Carolina, visit Hilton Head Island. Head into historic Charleston. Further north, the beachside town of Myrtle Beach is a favorite for those looking to for a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Which state on I-10 would you like to visit the most?

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Another beauty! I'm visiting Sedona in July for the first time. Can't wait! Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Lots and lots of good information - nice work here! I gave you a lensroll!

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      Signhappy 9 years ago

      This would be a great trip. That's my dream--to have time to take the ultimate road trip. 5 stars.

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      sisterra 9 years ago

      another great one!

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      JollyvilleChick 9 years ago

      Very well done.

      Content and layout is exceptional.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love to hop in the car and go. I live in South Carolina but my family is in Minnesota. I've driven back and forth hundreds of times. One day I'll travel from coast to coast.

      Great lens


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very exotic photos, i love them all..great lens :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on your nomination!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens full of great information. Well done!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow.....Holy Moly! What a lens! This is fantastic :) Thanks for stopping in to mine, and yes, the first set of pics are on flicker, but not all of the other ones.

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      This is such a great lens! With snow piling up in my yard today, I long for some warm weather :) Congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot! (http://www.squidoo.com/2008-giant-squid-awards)

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a great starting point for making your itinerary, and with all of the good links, you could easily make a trip from this lens. Nice work!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Congratulations on runnerup Best Travel Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved! Best to you in the new year.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Congrats on GS Awards runner-up! Greetings from Austin, Texas - 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing. :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Fun lens. Sounds like some great trips!

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      TURCOLIVE 8 years ago

      Great Lens! Really an interesting and appealing in terms of both content and pictures. 5* from TURCOLIVE @ Travel Turkey

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      Salome 8 years ago

      Awesome. Of course you must take a detour to Panama City, Florida, spring break capital of the world.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Welcome to the Top 100 Club!

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on your great achievement in becoming a member of the Giants 100 Club - your lenses are awesome!

      Take care


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      geogad 8 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Really like the concept and the content that you provided. Overall, well done!

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      Mickie Goad 8 years ago

      Nice Lens. I traveled I-10 a few years ago going from East to West. I was in a big motor home pulling a 26 ft. trailer loaded with 5 gokarts, 1 valkarie motorcycle and every tool know to man. We were headed to Laguna Seca. Along for the "trip from Hell" were 3 men (1 was my husband) and one other woman besides myself. The girls' job was to keep the guys awake. We replaced four of six tires on the trailer and 4 of six tires on the motor home. The trip was accomplished in 3 days - driving day and night.

      I will never repeat that trip. I would, however, like to make the trip again and stop in nice places.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      I have always wanted to make this trip...after reading this, I almost jumped on the bike and went, but yikes it's cold out ;)

      The Mississippi actually flowed backwards for 3 days after an earthquake in the 1800's.

      I'm going to lensroll this to 2 of my lenses. Let's see if you can figure out which 2 :))

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      jolou 8 years ago

      This is an excellent lens. So many great places to see on I 10. I've been to quite a few places you mentioned but not all. Would make a wonderful vacation.

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      knozit 8 years ago

      A road tripper after my own heart! I can see now how a pro does it! Great lens! Thanks for your kind support of my Route 66 lens. *****

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Fabulous lens and your photographs are just amazingly beautiful (makes for an excellent virtual vacation :o) 5* for a very well put together lens!


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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Another great Travel lens and it qualifies for the South Carolina Group. Please join us. http://www.squidoo.com/groups/southcarolina

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on being in the top ten in the South Carolina Group

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      I traveled to Utah from Maine in the 70's via I-80 I believe it was. Through the upper U.S.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Great lens - beautifully presented! And congratulations on your purple star!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! I totally enjoyed the road trip - and I am so glad you visited our beautiful South Carolina!

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      Squidoo awarded you a purple star, I am awarding you with an Angel Blessing! Congrats!!


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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I've taken the west and southwest part of this roadtrip. Congrats on the purple star for this well made lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I'm back to re-bless this exceptional travel lens and congratulate you on your new purple star.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This lens always evokes a sense of adventure when I read it. So much fun! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I've traveled across this country many times--and this lens really stimulated some interesting memories!!

      Congrats on the Purple Star!!

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      Yep, well worthy of a purple star :) congrats & blessed

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Congratulations on an excellent lens and your purple star! Well deserved!!

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Congratulations on the purple star (and thank you for the blessing)! I haven't done much travelling in the States but I would love to see Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. I really loved Baton Rouge when I visited and would love to return.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      My blessing had expired so I'm glad I had this chance to renew it. Congrats on the fine purple star! :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congrats on your Purple Star. That is super and great that you are #1 in Travel.

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      GumboWriters123 8 years ago

      Great lens - beautifully presented!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      fantastic lens! 5* Everyone should take this trip!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      This lens is awesome. We have done some of US 10 and really enjoyed it. Thank-you for all the work. It's great.

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Awesome trip. Thanks for planning ;) 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow this looks like an awesome trip.. great lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 8 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations Kiwi on your purple star... purple looks great on you!


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      LetsStopObesity 8 years ago

      This sounds like a wonderful trip! Thanks for the 5 star lens and all the work you put into it. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Oh Man...I have driven the I-10, I-20, and the I-30 routes and the I-95 from noth to south on more than a few occasions. Much of it God blessed beautiful, but much of it kept it hard to keep my eyes open. There is a lot of desert and farmland out there. But, the stench of the cattle ranches, especially during the summer, is horrid enough to wake the dead.lol. Enjoyed this lens very much.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on receiving your well deserved Purple Star!

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      You did a very nice job with this lens, Kiwi! 5 stars :) those pictures are absolutely beautiful.....THIS is how you make a Squidoo lens ;)

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Congrats on this purplely star lens. Gosh, it looks better than my purple star lens! A Squid Angel Blessing to ya Kiwi! ~ Colleen :)

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      Brookelorren LM 8 years ago

      Great lens! We did this one year... interesting adventure. Our tire blew out in Louisiana and our car caught on fire, lol.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congrats on the well deserved Purple Star - terrific lens!

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      karen550 lm 8 years ago

      This is an absolutely fabulous lens. What a really great idea to travel the southern route. I really want to go to Yosemite this summer, just not sure I will have time. It looks gorgeous. Thanks so much for the lens.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Terrific lens, 5***** well deserved. I love the layout and use of CSS/HTML. Lensrolled to my Arizona lens.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      I've already given this lens 5* but came back to congratulate you on the purple star! Very well deserved!

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      iklilian lm 8 years ago

      hi kiwi,,

      nice job,couldn't help going through your work over and over again

      keep it up.

      do check around my lens and tell me what you feel

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This lens is i the Top Best Ranked Lens in the South Carolina Group. Congratulations.

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      rlncrn 8 years ago

      This is a great lens. I was actually just talking with my boyfriend that him and I should plan a road trip this summer. I am glad I stumbled upon your lens. Great job.

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      Shorebirdie 8 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Cool lens and great photos! You inspire me.

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      This lens is like discovering a treasure chest!

      I lived in Arizona when I was a kindergartener, and later in life, spent 8 years in Louisiana while my husband completed his military career. You've done a great job of introducing this region of the U.S. Loved it!

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      Fun and informative lens. I've traveled this great country of ours from coast to coast and north to south over the past 45 years and have driven along Route I-10 many times -- not all at once. Done the San Diego, CA to Arizona portion several times, all across Florida from Jacksonville to the Gulf on I-10, an on into Louisiana and a portion of Texas. Only section I haven't done is all the way across Texas on 1-10. So much to see, so many things to do, a beautiful group of states to travel through. Thanks for summing it all up so well. 5*

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      yelixref2 8 years ago

      It's a good lens and informative.

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      mikeitloffe 8 years ago

      Fantastic idea for a trip. I have put this in my favorites and I hope soon will be able to use your information. 5 stars!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Makes me want to pack up and head out. So in the mood for some travel. :)

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      robdale 8 years ago

      The lens is just superb! Lots of interesting placed mentioned. Thinking to travel out to Beachside paradise in Southern California.

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      TravelBee1 8 years ago

      wow this is the best lense I've seen on Squidoo - great great work!! Love the pictures, I cannot wait to travel these places! Thanks for yout comment on my page! 5*!

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      Steve Dizmon 8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      For many years I have wanted to visit Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon. I am now "re-interested". Enjoyed the lens. 5*

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Hi Kiwis. You highlight some great spots here. Never been to LA, but love San Diego and Yosemite is the best. Already commented on the Grand Circle, but my home is in the S'east and I lived in Pensacola, Fla. for five years which I10 runs right through. Glad you mentioned Charleston where I went to school at The Citadel and Hilton Head where we have a timeshare... great spots all. Thanks so much for flying over my learning lens and leaving Angel dust and comments that are much appreciated. Carpe' Diem!

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      Lakota429 8 years ago

      Great lens!!! Terrific info! 5 stars!!! Smiles, Annie~

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      heyjudel 8 years ago

      Lots to learn from you! Great lens - and just on time for my California trip.

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      SallyCin 8 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! I used to live off the I-10 in Phoenix, and thought how great it'd be to go the the very end in Florida. Now I can happily say I've seen the end...and what a trip it was! 5*

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      Adrienne Jenkins 7 years ago

      It's on my to do list to drive across the country. Great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hello again Kiwi! Just wanted to stop by this remarkable lens again and see your updates. You have put a lot of love into one as well...an excellent lensmaster!


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I almost forgot that we "ate our way round the Gulf" one time...your lens brought back some great memories and inspiration for dream vacations. Great lens, 5*, faved. Thanks for the angelic blessings on my Lens too! :-)

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      dannym29 7 years ago

      What a great lens it is really informative, with so much information I would think you'll get many visits from people wanting to check all this out.


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      aethereality 7 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic lens! Don't think i've ever found so much information about a road trip in the US!

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      Manbiki 7 years ago

      Great Lens Best Info

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      good lens 5*

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      brookehudson 7 years ago

      From West to East, this is a wonderful journey. Surely I will enjoy this travel! Great lens indeed!

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      Artemus-Gordon 7 years ago

      This is a really cool area for scenery but make sure you do not head out in summer or you will not want to get out of your air conditioned car to see the sites.

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      biggly 7 years ago

      A thoroughly thorough lens, most impressive. I can learn a lot from this one, in terns of info and how to make a great lens.

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      OnlyFunStuff LM 7 years ago

      I so want to do this trip , great read 5* Thanks

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      geothermalminnie 7 years ago

      Well goodness, that's the EXACT route my mom and I took when she helped me move to Florida. We even stopped at all the same sites. Mom? Did you create this lens? Be honest.


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      cleanearth 7 years ago

      I have been dreamin of driving along this route all the way from Florida to California. Now, I am going to prioritize it for my first trip of next year. I've got some good advice now for it. Thank you for sharing all this

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      Jools1 7 years ago

      This is something I have always wanted to do myself. I think I'm traveling Europe this winter. Maybe I'll try your route out next year. Haven't really ever been down that way. Great lens!

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      Merlinx 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for a great lens. A wealth of information here. I adding it to the lensroll on my California Vacation Bucket List lens.

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      amy1980 7 years ago

      This is beautiful and makes me want to jump in the car! If only I didn't have all the responsibility! Thanks.

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      ScottsdaleRealEstate 7 years ago

      G'Day Kiwi, on your way through Phoenix be sure to stop off in Scottsdale, Arizona. Once described by the New York Times as "A Desert Version Of South Beach." A destination city packed with resorts, spas, restaurants, art, theatre, golf courses, sports and shopping.

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      SnowAngel77 7 years ago

      This is all so amazing. Wish I could go do it tomorrow. I've only travelled from Dublin to the west coast but I have loved it both times. Vegas is my favorite spot. My new husband proposed to me at the Grand Canyon so it's all special to me. Can't wait to go back again. Love the lens you certainly know how to grab attention and interest.

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      CoolFoto 7 years ago

      I have been to most places on #10 but not on the same trip. :) Great lens.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! This lens inspired me to go on a southern road trip. Never really thought about it until now. Thanks for putting up this lens.

      Btw, do visit my lens if you got the time. Thanks again.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      We did part of this a few years back. From LA to New Mexico. Beautiful country. Well done lens. Squid angel blessed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I had a great time visiting your lens. I really like the road trips section and plan on adding your link to my lens http://www.squidoo.com/tapirtravel for others to enjoy. Thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Kiwi, this is beautiful! I would like to know how you do the curated content from Flickr, that's really neat! Oh, I would love to have the means to travel, so I'll settle for some of your travel lenses.



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      ChooseHelp 7 years ago

      Awesome lense, thanks for posting....

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      RollingLuggage 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens & Great information

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      johnfn lm 7 years ago

      Sweet lens. I kinda want to plan a road trip now! If only I could take off work for long enough......

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      Brit303 7 years ago

      Wow. Great lens. Nice, concise recap of what a traveler could expect. I'm sure many folks will find this information very useful.

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      Travelsaddle 7 years ago

      Yup, I10 is a great one of the best interstates in the country for a road trip, it full of history and sites to see. Great post! *****

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      ruilevi 7 years ago

      Great lens,5*!Will use your tips when I come for a visit! Thanks

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      DavidLove 7 years ago

      Amazing lens. Are those your trip pictures? Wow.

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      This is an awesome lens! Really well done! You deserve a 10 instead of a 5. The photos and the way you placed them are beautiful too. The trip and photos really bring back some memories for me. Thanks for the enjoyable visit.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to this super lens to give you a Squid Angel Blessing and to lensroll to my lens about the book Reflections of A Mississippi Magnolia.

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      VegasJay 7 years ago

      GREAT lens. I've actually driven 90% of this route 3 times. 5 stars!

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      mike_belch 7 years ago

      Wow!!! That's the first emotion that comes to my mind! Great lens and super pictures! Looking at them I wish I could go to visit these places at once!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      great! I like more pics.

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      alberttwolf 7 years ago

      Very inspiring lens. I've had musings of going on a road trip around the U.S.. Well, maybe some day ...

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      sombat 7 years ago

      love warmth and sunshine

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I swear I had been here before. I love the road trip.

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      DailyRogue 7 years ago

      What an excellent resource! I've traveled most of I-10 between Florida & California at some point. You mentioned the Chihuahuan Desert near El Paso, Texas. That area borders the Davis Mountains. The town of Balmorhea is just south of I-10, home of Balmorhea State Park with a 80,000 square foot spring-fed pool. The town of Fort Davis is close too, home of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Stop by after dark for the Star Party where you get to look through their ultra cool telescopes. Also that part of the Davis Mountains is almost 6,000 foot elevation so it's a lot cooler than the rest of Texas in the summer (85 degrees there versus 100 in the rest of the state)

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      loganadrian 7 years ago

      Great resource for planning a us road trip. strongly recommend it.

      keep up the good job

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      EdmondHoggeJr 7 years ago

      Very nicely done and such beautiful pictures =)

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I would more likely travel by car than by plane, unfortunately, I live overseas and would have to fly before to get to the starting point of a wonderful travel. I've never heard about the I-10 - except in some movies, of course - and the travel you describe here is highly attractive! This is a wonderful page and I travelled without having moved from home!

      Thanks for this!

      Squidangel blessings for the Southern Route.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Amazing, well-thought-out, beautifully-crafted lens - it's a fantastic guide for anyone who would like to take a road trip via a Southern route. There's a lot to digest on here -- I'm bookmarking it so I can keep coming back to fully appreciate it. *blessed by an angel*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great read!

      Thank you! 5*& Fav.

      Best wishes.

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      fireprotectiono 7 years ago

      You gave me some good ideas - thanks!

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      rajasthantourpackages 7 years ago

      USA is the desire of every citizen of this world. Even I want to visit USA once in my life, thanks for this great writeup..

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      davemin 7 years ago

      a wonderful well done lens ,i enjoyed the read and hope to get there one day to visit

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I love the photos. I traveled this route a couple of times as a kid (8 and 12 yrs old) when my Dad was transferred from one Army base to another. I did not enjoy the trips much because my Dad would not stop to let me pee unless we needed gas. I was miserable. My brother got to pee into a jar. Not fair! lol Bear hugs, Frankster

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      July4 LM 7 years ago

      Great helpful and beautiful ! This lens is-5 star, I love to travel.

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      What a lot of work you have put into this lens! Well done


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      Corwic 7 years ago

      I love road trips and this would make a perfect one. Thanks for the detail!

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      JMcGeeATL 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! I have traveled on I-10 cross country and it's beautiful to see the country change. You have done a great job reflecting this in your lens. 5 stars!

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      InsightInsider 7 years ago

      Great snappy and beautifully laid out lens! Really does highlight that there's so much to see and discover down south, and all over the States for that matter. It's a union of 50 states, each one distinct in its own right and it's great to see content that reflects that and reminds us of that.

      Many thanks for a wonderful overview to get the travel juices flowing. I feel a road trip coming on!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I made this trip from Orlando to San Diego in a motorhome. I was doing travel nursing then and took 2 weeks to make the trip. Lots of fun and so much to see! Great job here.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed this well composed lens. I know Florida very well but not California. The pictures look very attractive and the mix of cultural influences intriguing.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens, photos and advice. I have driven some of this route a few times.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I have never done this trip all the way to Florida. I went as far as Texas/Arkansas going the southern route and through Kansas to get to New Jersey. Great lens! Blessed it!

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      i am going to use this information for my planned travel

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Very beautiful pics!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens and, one of these days, I'm going to have to make this trip....I thoroughly enjoyed my visit...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey! I lived in Key west for a few years - I raised 4 kids there on the beaches. Thank you this is a nice reminder! We are actually heading back to the US from the UK this summer. Much better over there(US) than here(UK).

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      surviving-2012 7 years ago

      Very fun. Thank you.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I just love this lens. Wish that Alabama had more to offer in the way of a coast, but there is really a lot in this short section of I-10 to see. Might I suggest the city of Fairhope, AL.

      Angel Blessings to you--one of my favorite lensmasters on Squidoo!

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      I made this trip in too much of a hurry last time I drove from LA to JAX. I look forward to a more liesurely approach using your excellent advice. Thanks!

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      TheNayak 7 years ago

      Wow this lens is great ! I am writing my own lens to promote travel to india ! http://www.squidoo.com/magicalindia

      Ive learnt a lot from this lens and will apple it in mine thank you :)

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      Schuhe 7 years ago

      Wow, nice pictures and a great guide, I have not been to the US yet - but after this I got curious...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a road trip I would just love to make! Excellent travel lens Kiwi.

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      nettie3444 7 years ago

      If you travel on I-10 you will miss a lot along the way. I live in Utah and you could not see everything or enjoy the pine covered mountains. You would need to divide Utah into sections north, central, south to begin to see the diverse terrain of the state. Good lense I enjoyed it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great info. Thank you

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      DAD1104 7 years ago

      @ZenandChic: Try the auto-traion to Orlando..or north to DC area.

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      Insuredtraveller 7 years ago

      Wow, this trip looks unbelievable. I've always wanted to do the Oregon coast, but now I'm going to have to extend it a bit :)

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      vargaspinups 7 years ago

      About to make the trip from New Orleans, up part of the Blues Highway, then into Arkansas.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      martialartstraining 7 years ago

      The cactus in Arizona have always been a favorite sight of mine, great lens.

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      Mayapearl 7 years ago

      I love your lens and it makes want to take that road trip! I only did little drives through Texas and California, not enough by far.

      My next trip to the US will include a road trip for sure.

      Great lens 5*

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      RosegardenAdvic1 6 years ago

      Very well-written lens. Thanks for sharing all the interesting info in places to visit and the distances.

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      MeganCasey 6 years ago

      One of my all-time favorite lenses!

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      Fun_And_Entertaining 6 years ago

      This is an excellent lens! I rated you - Keep up the awesome work!

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Your photos are great! It is obvious why this lens does so well. I'll bet there are lots of people that take a trip like this.

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      feellikealocal 6 years ago

      I actually took this trip when I was 10 years old. A lot of FULL. We also included 9 other states north of this route. Too bad at the time my trip happen there was no internet :(

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      Vishenda 6 years ago

      Thank you for this road trip guide. Southern area is a warm and cozy place to visit.

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      teamlane 6 years ago

      Very nice work here! :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      My road trips usually take me northward. It would be fun to drive along the southern route. Maybe once we retire...

      Thanks for sharing,


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have traveled the whole length of I-10 only once. It was very interesting passing through all kinds of topography to include coastline, bayou, deserts, etc. It was my first time seeing Pipe Organ Cactus in Arizona. I also remember all the red clay in the southern gulf states and the mesas in Texas. Boy, what a long drive through Texas! Thanks for this informative lens along with the video of the Grand Canyon!

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      Pixelrage LM 6 years ago

      This is an immaculate lens. Wow. Wish I had seen this past a few weeks ago when I was in Nevada.

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      polymathlv lm 6 years ago

      Amazing photography - looks like you've had some great traveling experiences!

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      theinquirer2 6 years ago

      Great for us who can (currently) only take a road trip in the mind!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I grew up in a little town south of Phoenix. Sedona was our favorite vacation place, I have traveled a lot and have never seen a more beautiful site.

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      I have never travelled in the US by Car. Only by plane as I am from Canada, but you have provided many reasons for me to find a way to retire early and give it a go. Thank you for a very informative lens and beautiful pics

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      Petstrel LM 6 years ago

      I doubt I'll ever have a US roadtrip, but your lens is a great read.

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      SidneyMorgan LM 6 years ago

      Really nice writeup about road trip. Shared with my Roadies friends.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I do not do well on long road trips, but I enjoyed the vicarious experience through your lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      bewebmarketing 6 years ago

      I live in Portugal and doing one or more road trips throughout the USA is my dream tour! This lens is awesome and allows me to collect huge amount of data for planning those trips. THanks!

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      well I am going to have to try this, awesome lens, makes me want to go right away,

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      timd346 6 years ago

      Great article. I want to drive what's left of Route 66 someday.

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      costumesngifts 6 years ago

      beachside paradise is a fitting description. That picture is absolutely lovely.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i had a great time traveling the i10 from LA to LA. Memories I will never forget.

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      Oliversbabycarecouk 6 years ago

      Id Love To Travel Around America. When I Do, I Think Ill Be Using This Lens. Nice Job

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      Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      What a fantastic travel page... It is the perfect example of how great and helpful these pages can be. I am hoping to make it to California in 2012

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      theconditionpod 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, very thorough and evocative. I really want to travel the whole length now!

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      A wonderful lens. Long been a wish to make this journey.

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Thankfully the Mississippi Gulf Coast was not fully devastated by Katrina. Y'all stop by and say "Hi" Y'hear?

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      Edit Photos 6 years ago from Earth

      Your lens, money and time - that's all I need! Blessed along the way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the lens you created, It seems that you took a lot of time in designing you lens. Good job.

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed this - I've not yet driven I-10, but I've driven across the States 3 times so far...

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      lisasboutique 6 years ago

      You have some amazing photos on the Southern Route lens. So love the information that you have provided on traveling across US. Cheers.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

      What a fun virtual road trip - thanks so much! Some amazing pictures, for sure! (I have the yellow Garmin Etrex pictured below - I LOVE it!!!)

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Reading your itinerary inspired me to think about a road trip! Great photos, too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love to travel....great lens...

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      bt55 6 years ago

      I agree that the southern route across the USA is beautiful and presents an opportunity to meet some of the most charming and entertaining people anywhere.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very Nice Lens....Happy holiday from Mayberry

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      ezpostcard 6 years ago

      from west to east, so many wonderful scenery. well done lens!

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      xiaohuaz lm 6 years ago

      I've never driven I-10 but my husband says Deming is a pretty nice place to visit.

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      Lots of great info here. I love taking road trips. This I-10 route sounds great. Thanks for sharing this great lens

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      cboyd 6 years ago

      This is one of the best lens I've seen in a long time

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      pumpnut lm 6 years ago

      Perfect for a winter motorcycle trip!

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      SweetMarie83 LM 6 years ago

      Wow, what an amazing, jam-packed lens! I've always wanted to travel across the States, and reading this has renewed my desire to do it. Excellent information and beautiful pictures!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WoW.. this is one of the best lens. i hve ever seen .. great info here...... overall a jam packed lens five stars and thumbs up :)

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      mikewaz lm 6 years ago

      I've never taken that trip since I live in Illinois but I intend to take a route 66 trip one of these days, so this might be a nice detour.

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      MobyD 6 years ago

      Excellent lens! I've lensrolled it to my DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series lens. I've been on I-10 from LA to east of Tucson and in Texas from Fort Stockton to Houston. It was fascinatingly different from the New England I was living in at the time.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Maybe something to do next summer - travel from Florida to California... very tempting, indeed - thank you for sharing this idea!! :)

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      fbaum818 6 years ago

      Thanks! Great tour of the places I've always wanted to go to.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      That is a looooong way through Texas. But yes, everyone should see the Suaro Forrest!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      What a nicely done lens. It looks great and has lots of resources. Thanks!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to this great lens to say Congrats On Making The Best Squidoo Intros Ever list. Well deserved.

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      Never traveled the entire route - just a few parts. I'm more of a "let's hop on a plane" kind of a person, since we don't usually has a lot of free time. However, when it's time to retire then we'll have plenty of time. Congratulations on making the list of The Best Squidoo Intros Ever!

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      scrapperkare 6 years ago

      Squidoo's right-- you DO have a great introduction to this lens! And the rest of the lens is very well done. Especially love your photos . . . ah, makes ya wanna jump in the car right now and begin the journey . . . -karen from the great southern state of GEORGIA

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      TerriLynnC 6 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens! Great information! I drove from California to Texas on I-10 and it was a great memory. I may have to drive it again sometime.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I-10 is the only way to travel in my opinion! Great Squidoo!

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      thecomputerfans 6 years ago

      dream have a trip to USA, very nice views

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens...

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      NatureMaven 6 years ago

      Great travel ideas- maybe someday when I retire I'll be able to do Route 10 from coast to coast~ Happy New Year!

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      moskit 6 years ago

      This is definitely for me!

      A road trip in the US would be a dream come true.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very Informative lens. good work. Happy New Year.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A road trip is amazing and the tips are very useful. I would suggest some guides, maps and medicines to keep it handy. US has excellent roads and it sure is a delight to drive .

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There is some terrific scenery on I-10 and some amazing Rain storms also! I have never been in a Rainstorm and could not see 6 inches in front of your windshield!!! That's Scary and Cool at the same time!

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      LadyFlashman 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic lens! I have just come back from the South West and got to explore lots of Arizona and New Mexico - and I am going back shortly for more. I love White Sands in New Mexico, absolutely stunning and in my opinion better than the Grand Canyon! This would be a fantastic road trip to do, thanks for sharing!

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      dragonlow 6 years ago

      Great lens with huge info. Thanks.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      The US is indeed a unique, fabulous place in the world. Great lens with lots of useful info. Thanks.

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      MawTeresa 6 years ago

      Thanks for the mini tour. Enjoyed it!

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      dogodor 6 years ago

      LA all the way!

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      stuhaynes lm 6 years ago

      I really would like to do this trip. Excellent lens!

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This would be an amazing trip to do. I have travelled part of it but it was a very long time ago. Angel blessed

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      dreamtravelvacation 6 years ago

      Road trip is fun! Last time I went on a road trip (solo) was in 2000. I drove thru Sedona at nighttime and was not able to stay overnight to see the town. Seven years later, I finally went back to Sedona and was able to explore that town. It truly was beautiful. Your lens makes me want to take a road trip again! :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great lens. I'm taking a 3 week road trip with my teenage son this summer. Looking forward to it, and many of the places you mentioned are all ready on our list. Can't wait to see Sedona again...just breathtaking!

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      AshAffiches 6 years ago

      Excellent lens. I am most tempted to do this trip now

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      CoolFoto 6 years ago

      Great lens. Beautiful photos and useful info. Blessed by the Travel neighborhood Angel.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

      I've visited most of all of the states on my side of the desert Southwest, but I haven't gotten a chance to visit the southern coast in Texas and on over to Florida. I'd really like to someday.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I just might be planning a trip (from West to East) and the Southern route is the one I'm eye-ing.

      With Love and Gratitude,


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      Wonder-V 6 years ago

      Fabulous and beautiful lens! We have been tempted into doing a road trip for years. My husband would LOVE to see the national parks out west you have profiled!

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      PhotoGizmos 6 years ago

      Great lens! I've often wanted to take a cross country trip, but I think I would want to stay off the interstates. Too bad that a good portion of the older US 80/90 routes have been replaced or eliminated. Still, it would be fun going coast to coast! Thanks again for the information!

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      Pnorway 6 years ago

      cool. i love the pics.

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      DogToys LM 6 years ago

      One day I would love to road trip the US.

      Beautiful pictures.

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      kraji lm 6 years ago

      I love your lens. Thanks for making it!

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      eGuru 6 years ago

      Amazing lens with amazing pictures!

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      carljsp 6 years ago

      @AshAffiches: great with much detail thanks for sharing....

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've actually traveled this route -- with one diversion: I split to Tampa/Clearwater then crossed over Alligator Alley to Miami. Great lens!

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      Well what a great lens so interesting to read and the pictures are brilliant. I have been to the USA quite a few time now I live in London UK I have been to Florida New York and not forgetting Las Vegas such happy times I had in the USA

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! Favorite site on the I-10 route is Santa Monica, California (and its pier). Biloxi, MS and "L.A." (Lower Alabama) are good, too. A whole I-10 trip is a great way to experience different cultures - from the Southwest feel to the southern hospitality.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Do I have to pick a favorite? I love San Diego, but that was a side trip. I lived in Long Beach and in Culver City, so those were home. I was surprised you left Taos off, but maybe it was too far off I-10. My trip was so long ago it's hard to remember. Come to think of it, I think we took I-40 though AZ an NM, which is why I didn't see much of this road trip. I want to see Sedona and Oak Creek, but wouldn't have missed Utah's national parks or Mesa Verde. I hope to make your trip. It's on my bucket list to see the South, since it's the only part of the country I have done more than drive through in a hurry. Closest I've been is really Virginia, where I was able to see more than rest stops and restaurants and motels. Great lens so far.

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      Kathryn002 6 years ago

      Wow, really comprehensive lens. I've not been to the US yet, but when I go I definitely want to visit as many states as possible and not just stick to the popular tourist destinations.

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      Tony2Stark 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for these tips!

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      Angela_Rosas 6 years ago

      Sweet lens. I've never been to Florida and Lousianna, but the rest of the way i've been through and you nailed the sites you can see and how fun it is.

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      PartyGalLisa 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens!!! I've never traveled this route but I've been planning on visiting the U.S. very soon. This lens will be very helpful. Thank you so much for creating this (:

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love your road trip lenses. Blessed and added to my United States Travel Angel lens

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      MilkyWayPublish 6 years ago

      The Grand Canyon is definitely worth the detour, like you say. Besides you might be glad to get to higher elevations and out of the desert heat!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I thought I knew this route blindfolded but you have added many must see sites. Biloxi is my favorite. Great lens.

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      Dinostore 6 years ago

      Such a great lens! I live in Arizona, and still learned a little bit :) Thumbs up and fav'd.

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      lens4Him 6 years ago

      What an interesting lens, I would highly recommend the side trip to take in the beautiful beaches of Tybee Island :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Any of your travel lenses are a must-see. I love your photography and how fun you make it all seem to do. During the Canadian winter, I often just want to pick up and go. If given enough time, I'd love to take the routes you've described and see these sights. I must feature this amazing lens of yours too. Sure hope helps! Rose

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Sweet trip! I'd love to do it.

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      pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

      I've been to Huntington Beach. The pier was nice. I enjoyed walking down it in the evening and watching the local people fish. It's pretty from a distance. I think I saw a picture of it on this lens.

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      camptrip 6 years ago

      What a great article! I did a Western Australia Road Trip with my girlfriend last year which was amazing! It's a lot more serene and long drives but it was incredible with great landscapes and sunsets. Thanks Kiwisoutback for this helpful and informative article.

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      Kandy O 6 years ago

      Would drive half of it every summer with my parents. Great fun and great lens!

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      campervan_man 6 years ago

      nothing like the wide open road. Did your southern route by train some years ago. Same destinations, less driving. Next time I will drive and stop at some of those smaller towns. Similar drive where I am in Australia. Sydney-Perth. A long long way but so worth it. Your life will not be complete until you have done it. :-)

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      synotrip 6 years ago

      How many people in the world can finish all the places in their life? The article is cool!

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      iriedutchpot 6 years ago

      wonderful coverage of a road trip why would anyone not want to up the challenge and enjoy the open road.

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      This is the second time I've happened upon your lens so I though I should comment...

      Awesome trip Idea. I would love to drive this route!

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      myownpool 6 years ago

      im planning a road trip of my own in the summer of the US. this lens will come in very handy!! thank you!

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      danparker lm 6 years ago

      I have always planned a northern route US road trip, but after reading the above I will seriously think about changing that to a southern one. Or maybe even do a full circle trip!

      Some excellent tips and places featured.

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      tomwjr 6 years ago

      Sounds like fun, thanks for the lens!

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Don't forget to visit California! We have some great places here. Really great lens by the way!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi Kiwis, I just stopped by again. Say I notice the main video for Key West Videos is down (heads-up). This is such an amazing page, great information.

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      rhbrown 6 years ago

      I have made the southern trip 3 times in out rv, 4 if you count the trip before I10 was complete. great lens and well covered.

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Absolutely wonderful lens. Haven't been down south but this article definitely makes my heels go hot!

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      Bob Schroeder 6 years ago

      I travel I 10 quite a bit and what you have here is very good information.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      It would be a blast, I hope to do it soon

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      I have traveled to all those states, but never at the same time. So many of the places you highlighted are my fav, Key West, New Orleans, LA. Thanks for a great lens.

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      AMAZING page. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and the I-10 cuts right through the middle of the city. We've definitely traveled to some interesting places along the I-10 too, and you're dead on in this article when you say it's well worth the trip.

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      achraf lm 6 years ago

      really beautiful; that lens is sure going into my favs as I would really love to plan such a trip soon!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      Had to come back for another visit. Blessed by an angel and featured at Memorial Day Blessings 2011.

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      stevie10772 6 years ago

      I10 gets cursed a lot in Houston, my hometown, for its constant traffic, but it was fun reading this lens anyway. I10 has now been widened and is much easier to travel through our proud international city. Traveling I10 is an absolute Must to get anywhere if you life in the city of Houston...we cannot survive w/o it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this is such a fabulous lens, i'm so glad i found it. Driving from southern Ontario, Canada we've travelled I-40 several times, but are hoping to take the more southern route next time, this lens is full of great info for us, thanks!

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      lumpy22 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens I would love to get around to a road trip it was nice to read and think about it.


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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      I have never traveled this route, or anywhere in the South, but this sounds soooo fun! And the photos you have selected are just gorgeous. This is an outstanding travel lens!!! (:

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      nolinel lm 6 years ago

      Stunning pictures...

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      Trireme 6 years ago

      Wish i could follow in your footsteps on this one Kiwi, must have been a trip of a lifetime.

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      Lots of great destinations to choose from, thanks!

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      christopherlee lm 6 years ago

      I will take another trip here again, quite useful tips. thanks.

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      wayne_luvinlife 6 years ago

      Originally from Mississippi living in Florida now, have travel this route a few times...favorite site is hard to say...enjoyed the lense so far though!

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      SaraLynn LM 6 years ago

      Great lens.. all my favorite places. Living in the Los Angeles area.. I can't imagine ever wanting to live anywhere else. San Diego is a fun place to spend some time.. nice beaches.. Sea World and the San Diego Zoo.

      Santa Fe New Mexico is one of my favorite places.. a little ways off the I-10.. but well worth the trip.

      San Antonio is another of my favorite places.. love the Riverwalk! I could probably live down there if I wasn't so in love with California.

      Ahhh.. and New Orleans.. love that city too! Wonderful food.. don't miss Brennan's for breakfast or the Commander's Palace for dinner. And the antiques found down there are to die for.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I'm taking notes for my RV trip this winter!

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      Ibiza1 6 years ago from Ibiza

      Louisiana has a special charm

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      TeacherRenee 6 years ago

      I've traveled the northern route before, but reading this lens makes me wish I had taken the southern route. GREAT lens!

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      AQuintinSmith 6 years ago from Paradise on Earth

      I have been to several of these places but not all in one trip. I enjoyed the lens. It brought back some memories and gave me ideas for future travel. Thanks.

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      successwithpaul 6 years ago

      definitely your lens will benefit those travelling lovers out there especially people who like to travel to the united states keep up the good work

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      One of the best lenses I've read, made me want to take the trip!

      Hope you don't mind if I make one correction. Under "What's Cool" in Texas section, the Dallas area has Six Flags not Sea World; Sea World is in San Antonio.

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      fitnessmaster1 5 years ago

      I live in Europe, but i would like to go for road trip to USA, it would be amazing. I think your lens is very good, thank you for sharing.

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      coylejb 5 years ago

      For anyone interested in Civil War history, Creek Indian history or civil rights history, Montgomery, Alabama is a good place to spend a day (3.5 hours north from Panama City). Also, the Blount Cultural Park includes a gorgeous park around the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/Theater and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

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      Jennifer Alison Emmer 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Wow. What a cool lens, and great photographs! I've take a road trip from Boston to Key West, FL, but this southern route sounds like a blast. Way to go. ~ Jennifer

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      This is a terrific lens. I have never taken the I-10 trip but i will have to put it on the list. Another road trip I would love do is follow as much of the old Route 66 as I can. All of the great photos here have gat my traveling feet itching.

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      Since I lived in Baton Rouge for many years, we have traveled I-10 east many times. My family took a trip to California, too, and finished the western leg. I enjoyed traveling with you. Sprinkled with dust from the Angel of the farmyard on a Back to School Field Trip.

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love all your travel lenses, and this one passes very close to where I live in Arizona. Sedona is about 40 minutes south of here and a few thousand feet lower, so I go there a lot, especially in the winter when I can drive "downhill" for under an hour and warm up. Excellent lens! *Blessed by an angel on the Back to School Bus Tour*

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      BeautifulAlise 5 years ago

      Sometimes I think am I missing something travelling only on an airplane...

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      I spent quite a bit of time in the beautiful land of Scotland. I remember showing the locals pictures of me back in Arizona and they always commented on how beautiful it was. It's funny, because I never thought of it like that. Here I was in one of the greenest, must plush areas in the world and they were telling me that what I thought was a barren desert was beautiful. There really is beauty in everything, if we know where to find it.

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      PattiHale 5 years ago

      This is a great lens! Have traveled from Louisiana to Florida, after coming down I-55 from Arkansas--would love to make the trip on I-10 west. I was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico but used I-10 to get there.

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      dexter yarbroug1 5 years ago

      Great lens. I will use this information for my next road trip!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      It was 10 years ago and I don't remember if that was the highway, and we came from Massachusetts, so we went through DC, Tennessee, through Texas, I know I just missed one, and wow Texas was something else, then we headed straight to LA. We were able to take a helicopter ride when they still did that over the Grand Canyon, that was amazing!

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      RedHotDesign 5 years ago

      Have always wanted to do one of these - this lens provides in depth, great insights into the makings of an awesome roadtrip.

      Well thought out and well written! Thanks so much for sharing this!!

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      mzareen 5 years ago

      Haven't been there. I live in Idaho, so we are way north.

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      I grew up taking a roadtrip. My parents loved traveling, and we were a family of EIGHT, so you can imagine what that was like. What great memories! So glad they loved us enough to make that sacrifice and let us see our great country. WONDERFUL lens!

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      Love road trips. One day I would love to do an American road trip in something like a mustang or comaro or even a corvet. Have crossed Australia several times by car already.

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      Shadrosky 5 years ago

      Los Angeles! Very nice lens!

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      jeremyh1 5 years ago

      Nice places. I would want to visit California.

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      This looks like a good fit to add to my vintage camper page! I must get her to New Orleans!

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      bhthanks 5 years ago

      Enjoy those road trips!

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      halloweenprops 5 years ago

      Never been on a road trip, but this has whetted my appetite!

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I have often traveled the I-10 corridor and taken side trips. I also live in Arizona a good a part of the year. I think the variety of landscape and elevations of both Arizona and New Mexico are both worth exploring. Thanks for such a comprehensive summary. You are Blessed by a Squidangel.

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      mothersdayflowersmacon 5 years ago

      Makes me want to get an RV and just ride ride ride, but fuel is too expensive.Great lens

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      edelstark 5 years ago

      Interesting informations. Nice pictures. Cool lens. Regards from Germany

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      Genjud 5 years ago

      Love your site. Makes me want to hop in the car and travel where it is warm.

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! I've been on I-10 in Jacksonville, didn't know it went all the way to LA though.

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens!

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      RavenRunner 5 years ago

      I have not yet been along I-10, but it sounds like a great trip!

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      brelokzz 5 years ago

      I really have to see the grand canyon. Thanks for posting the videos of it. Your lens rocks :)

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      jesscot 5 years ago

      My wife and i got married downtown san antonio and took the road trio there from Glendale ,Az So we know those southern roads well . I wrote a blog about a hair salon my wife used for the wedding . You ladies should read it . You might travel the southern route some day and need your hair done .

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      We've been to the states and we loved the coastline of California and also New York. Nice lens.

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      MyDestination 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! My favorite site has to be Grand Canyon! Picked up a lot of tips for my lens ;)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Sedona is really beautiful. If going through AZ, Tombstone is fun. If in southern CA, I recommend Disneyland.

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      MyDestination 5 years ago

      possibly the best travel lens I have read so far! I want to do this road trip

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      I have photos and videos of our road trip along I-10. I was TERRIFIED! If you are scared of heights, you have been warned. LOL It was gorgeous, though.

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      I would avoid taking Interstate 10 and really see America using a different route.

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      Northwestphotos 5 years ago

      I traveled this route once years ago and did not enjoy driving through Texas for two days. My car broke down there in the middle of nowhere. But what I did like was driving along the southeast portion of it through Mississppi and Louisiana along the Gulf Coast and over the many bodies of water.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For oyster lovers travelling the Southern Route, I have three recommendations. First, eat a dozen raw at the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Secondly, try the Oyster Sampler Platter at Wintzell's Oyster House in downtown Mobile. Thirdly, when going through the Florida panhandle, get off the interstate and visit the Oyster Capital of Florida, Apalachicola.

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      robertsugar lm 5 years ago

      It was always my dream to go on a road trip in the US. I have been postponing it, but after reading about it again, I may do it soon. Thanks, great lens!

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      autofanatic 5 years ago

      Having made the trip from Jacksonville, FL to California and back several times, I can tell your readers it is a wonderful adventure. For a more scenic route you can start or finish the adventure in San Diego ("America's Finest City") by using Interstate 8, which joins with I-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. You will marvel at the dunes in the California dessert and stand in awe passing through the soaring mountains. Once you arrive in San Diego, you can enjoy a drive up to coast to Los Angeles and beyond. Santa Barbara, the riviera of the west coast, is an easy day trip from LA.

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      SiochainGraSonas 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. I have traveled part of the I-10 route, but not all of it. It has been a few years. Your lens has created a desire for me to do it again.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      Great job covering the attractions across the states! I'd love to see Houston and Dallas and take a side trip to the Alamo and Grand Canyon.

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      anusk1313 lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful places and wonderful pictures! I hope I'll visit once US

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      EricOlsen 5 years ago

      Hi great lens! I'm would buy it from you if you are interested in selling it. I'm also interested in buying other great lenses, too!

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      This is a pretty good travel guide. I feel like the cross country tour types often overlook what a trip down I-10 has to offer vacationers. From Austin to L.A. though things can be a bit dull if you are not right in the middle of a major city or tourist trap though. I consider that part of the charm of the trip though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have lived in the panhandle of Florida for 2 years now, the Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Okaloosa Island area. I will continue to enjoy my travels throughout the state. Thanks for sharing. Nice lens. Merry Christmas.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Road trip = my kind of trip:)

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      silverraine 5 years ago

      great lens full of fantastic road trip ideas thanks for taking the time to build it

      thanks to you i now have some good ideas for my guest from china who have been asking me to take them on a road trip from la to Miami

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      SeekerOfThings 5 years ago

      Been thru the entire route a few times. If you head up to Sedona from Phoenix, you have to visit Oak Creek Canyon. A wonderful picturesque creek that flows through towering canyons. Several pull off parking places and a few National Forest Campgrounds. Great swimming.

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      squidyou 5 years ago

      Wow, this seems to be so much fun. The LA skyline picture is awesome. Would love to try this road trip one day.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Wow, thanks for this virtual road trip. Remarkable scenery, I hope to make this drive some day!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Featuring some of my favourite places in the world! I've done some of this trip, but a long time ago, and I would love to do the whole thing now! What a Fabulous lens. Wish I could like it more than once! :) Heartily Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Great work makes me want to go get in my truck and hit the road thanks

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      anonquid99 5 years ago

      carry your ipad or handheld for hotel reservation, it so much fun sitting outside the hotel and bidding and walking in 3 minutes later

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I am craving a good road trip! :)

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      GeniePark 5 years ago

      This must be a fun road trip. Great lens btw.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      What a wonderful tour you have taken us on! Blessed!

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      gardendoll426 5 years ago

      I have been to the panhandle of Florida before and I really enjoyed it!

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      I want to travel this rout as it basically goes from coast to coast.

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      Sam 5 years ago from Australia

      I'd love to take a road trip one day.

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      vdanker 5 years ago

      I took a similar trip in 1992, to travel on what was left of US Highway 80, from Tybee Island, Georgia to San Diego, California. I have a couple of pictures in my lense, but after seeing this I will have to add some more!

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      athena2011 5 years ago

      I would absolutely love to do this road trip. One of the things on my bucket list is a road trip around the entire US so this is right up my alley. Thanks for a great lens. Squidliked.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Somewhere out of Arizona, anywhere! I am starting to hate it here! Squid Angel blessed!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Lived in Tucson for 11 years... that would likely be it! ;-)

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      No, and I want to see it all.

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      thegolfdirector 5 years ago

      Myrtle Beach is the PLACE to BE!

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      ottoblotto 5 years ago

      Well done! The travel through Arizona and New Mexico is beautiful!

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      Another great lens. I didn't have a chance to travel this route before. I love the idea Going the Road Less Traveled. It is full of adventure. Good or bad, you have stories to tell after this adventure.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Here what I'm looking for, whenever i'll plan for US trip, will go through this lens. bookmark it in my favorites. Thank you so much.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      What I would give to be able to do a road trip like this-I can dream or read lens like this.

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      fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

      I live in Northern CA. I've never driven to South CA, but I would love to.

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      MargaretJeffreys 5 years ago

      I really want to visit the US now, thanks!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Great lens! I'd love to see some of these sites and landmarks in person.

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      jlchong1999 5 years ago

      I have a picture from my Georgia, Savannah trip that looks almost like your main Louisiana picture. Savannah's historical district is beautifully dotted with amazing buildings.

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      I would love to go to a roadtrip too.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      I've always liked driving through Arizona.

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      WebGenova 5 years ago

      The travel of my dreams! Awesome.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      There is lots of fun hiking in "red-rock" areas in Sedona AZ.

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago

      Too too many to name!!! I lived in Arizona for a few years and miss seeing the area. All the pictures are fantastic, but nothing like standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon! I do miss US I10!

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Wow I feel as if I just took a road trip !

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      I have driven I-10 from Texas to California, good lens

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      ChenB 5 years ago

      Great lens! I find I-10 to be the modern day equivalent to Route 66. It's packed with interesting sites that make a road trip well worth the time.

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      BlueBonnetBlossom 5 years ago

      I'm in Austin and my kids are in San Diego...I've made that trip several times but not the whole route! I would love to do that!

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      I would love to visit USA some day. *blessed*

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      stuartneaca291 5 years ago

      I flew to the east coast from LAX quite a bit. One of these days, I'll drive across.

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      This looks like a great road trip. I think I need to do some road tripping next time I am in the USA

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      My favorite site is Corona Del Mar (beach) next door to Newport Beach California. Gorgeous! I would love to plan a road trip!

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      HarleyJay 5 years ago

      I'm from Australia and I've always wanted to do a roadtrip in the US, this is great info, will help me plan it better haha :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens brings back a lot of great memories. Need to hit the road again someday soon.

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      rt8ca 5 years ago

      Great info and pics here, thanks for sharing!

      We've enjoyed many of the States and attractions you've mentioned here and return often in our RV from Canada. We especially enjoy the coastal route from Texas to Florida!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Amazing road trip! It's the only one I have yet to travel. I will soon!

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Being a native Texan, it would have to be the Alamo. For those that haven't seen it, you might be surrised that it is located in the middle of the city.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      The Thing near Dragoon, AZ!

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      ccsonian 5 years ago

      Coming from Colorado we miss being close to the ocean. My favorite part was seeing the Gulf of Mexico for many, many miles.

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      TK2012 LM 5 years ago

      Florida State University is a great place to stop off on i10 if you are looking for a good party!

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      HtCares 5 years ago

      I haven't traveled it, but it looks like a really awesome trip!

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      jmchaconne 5 years ago

      In 1998, I rode a bicycle across America, from Santa Barbara CA to Boston, taking a southern route to Dallas; then back up trough Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Amish country, Virginia, Washington, Maryland, PA, upper State N,Y, and Boston. The Southern part of the route, especially through Arizona, and New Mexico, was one of the most beautiful, and exotic part of the ride. You have inspired me to do a lens about it! Thanks for a great lens!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      I have not traveled this route, haven't done much traveling at all, but just the other day a friend and I were talking about doing a year long cross country tour. I think this route, however from east to west, would be fun to try.

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      Wow this looks really pretty! I'm begging my parents to take me on a cross-country trip!

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      Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

      What a great guide, I've been looking into sorting a trip for America and this has kicked started me!

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      latiptop 4 years ago

      I love Tucson. Used to spend the summers there at Trails West right off of I-10 with my grandparents.:)

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      OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      Grand Canyon and Hoover dam were quite impressive.

      Also meeting native Americans along the way.

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      Prescriptiondrugrehab 4 years ago

      Great pictures and tips!

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      sentanta lm 4 years ago

      i wish i had the time to take this trip!

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      realovealreiko 4 years ago

      Dreaming of this! Not until I get a passport. And a VISA! :)

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      MimayManalo 4 years ago

      wow.. so glad i visited your lens, it was awesome :) you did a fancy tips and it was cool .. i like to go t Beachside paradise in Southern California :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Amazing pictures!

      Sounds really good

      Thnx for the tip

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      Jillynn 4 years ago

      I've traveled along some of I-10. The parts of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico were spectacular!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Fabulous lens. I will be in Arizona next week and plan to take this journey after Christmas. You present it beautifully. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Travel & Places » United States »" neighborhood.

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      bwet 4 years ago

      I don't know much about road trips but what you've done is certainly a long one and inspiring. great lens!

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      MarkJustice 4 years ago

      I've traveled several sections of this, but we now travel in a motor home and I would like to do the whole trip in it.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Oh how I'd love to do this! One day... :)

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      morris4minors 4 years ago

      Was lucky enough to live in the USA and one of our final holidays was a coast-to-coast round trip from Virginia, going outbound north to New York state, then west to NE, then down the west coast, heading back east from LA. From there, we wanted to concentrate on Route-66, so the I-10 didn't really come into our itinerary. It was a trip of a lifetime and too many highlights to mention! Hope to head that way again in the future, so will keep in mind if our journey takes us in that direction.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just returning to see what's new, love all the new updates. :)

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great travel lens! And yes, I've actually traveled I-10 from California to Florida. *blessed

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Very detailed and interesting lens. All pictures are beautiful.

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      VeronicaHaynes 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens. I've driven this trip several times and each time, it was incredible. Love those amazing Saguaros. Best

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Los Angeles! Beautiful places and cool pictures!

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      jimmyboy88 4 years ago

      great! planning to do that. thanks for the info

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      I love your US road trip lenses - they bring back great memories, and give great ideas for more places to see and visit, thanks!

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      dismantlerepair 4 years ago

      Hey Kiwisoutback!

      I remember stumbling upon this lens ages ago when I was just starting out on Squidoo and it stuck with me as I was in the midst of planning a trip of my own based on some of the things you mentioned. Well last Oct it all finally came to fruition (rather quickly!) and it was ace! By far the best holiday/trip I've ever been on, and I got to do it on the back of a motorbike! The Grand Canyon was mind-blowing as was the vastness of some of the deserts!

      Anyway I am just in the process of writing it all up (it may or may not interest you: http://www.squidoo.com/motorbiking-around-south-we... and I decided to revisit your lens I discovered all that time ago. It brings back such good memories of the trip, and this is all just a round-about-way of saying Great Lens!! I'm sure it won't be the last time I visit it as it evokes such great memories!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      A FABULOUS LENS! I wanna go there NOW! We've added this lens to our Featured Lenses - it's brilliant. Thanks. Come over and visit us when you can :0)

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @dismantlerepair: Wow, I'm glad this lens helped plan your trip! The southwest is incredible, I can't wait to get back there someday. Of all parts of the USA, the Southwest left the biggest impact on me. Off to visit your lens..

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      Glenda Motsavage 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Think I'd like to do the entire I-10 trip in 2013 for our 26th Anniversary! Thanks for a great lens...well deserving of the Purple Star!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      My son just moved to Texas to start his intern job. I've always had a plan to start from Louisiana and work my way through to the desert. This lens just helped with those plans I want to do in the future. Wonderful lens!

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @VspaBotanicals: Let us know how the trip goes! Have fun.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Glenda Motsavage: It's a great trip. There's so much to see within the vicinity of I-10, I can't wait to plan another trip myself. It was 7 years ago for me.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      This lens made me want to jump in the COUNTRYLUTHIER mobile and hit the road right now. Blessed!

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Countryluthier: Thanks for the blessing!

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      Gail47 4 years ago

      I had to come back and visit you again - I absolutely love this lens. I've traveled much of the southwestern route from Texas to California and would someday like to try the whole length of I-10.

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      MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

      Best lens i've read for a while! America here I come...

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      steveironpump 4 years ago

      Yeehaw! I'm ready for a southern road trip lol

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      ruspi99 4 years ago

      I look forward to the grand canyon someday, these is amazing place. Thank you for your amazing lens, very helpful!

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      air ambulance s 4 years ago

      Super nice lens! I love the photos and all. Great job!

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      AustraliaMove 4 years ago

      wow! There are so many beautiful pictures. Wish I could make it to this road trip one of these days!

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      Actually just drove a portion of this highway (I10) from Phoenix to Tucson. A great side trip was taking "8" to Yuma, then crossing over to Los Algadones in Mexico - 4 blocks and 400 dentists, plus as many drug stores & optical shops. I've never seen so many US retirees sporting such good teeth & snazzy new glasses!

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      myoyster1957 4 years ago

      Spectacular photos and a great lens.

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      Netlexis LM 4 years ago

      I have to agree with others. After reading this lens, I'm feeling like it's time for a road trip. Thanks for sharing.

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      EmergencyPrepar 4 years ago

      Can't wait until we buy our RV so we can get out on the wide open road. I love to travel and would love to see so many things. Great lens.

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      I have traveled the I-10 corridor a lot but always hit and miss places. There is some gorgeous scenery along the I-10. Very informative lens! Kudos

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Stop at almost any seafood restaurant in east texas and louisiana along 1-10 and try some boiled crawfish! A staple of the creole diet in the spring!

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      I grew up near I-10 in south Mississippi, and now live in New Orleans. So I've traveled a lot of I-10, going to Florida and Texas and elsewhere, but I've never driven past San Antonio or so going west, and haven't been all the way to the far eastern part of Florida on it either!

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      pillarcandles 4 years ago

      I have always wanted to go to Santa Barbara. Perhaps one day!

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      I've visted the USA three times, but have never yet done a road trip. It's one of my dream holidays though, and hope to one day visit some of these amazing sites.

      Love this lens so much, I've included it on my Coolest Squidoo Lenses lens. :)

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Hurricane Katrina may have taken away things, but the spirit of the people here in Mississippi should be your main attraction. We have over 20 miles of white sand beach, NASA, and a varied culture from city to city. Come visit.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Cynthia Haltom: I'd love to get back to Mississippi someday soon.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I'd love to see Arizona...

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      Jordan 4 years ago

      I can wait to take a trip like this. Except i would be coming from Gettysburg PA. Cool Lens!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      I've actually traveled the entire length but not on any one trip. When I was a kid we took the lower southern route from Texas to the East Coast and then up to Philadelphia and several times I drove the western route to Arizona and California. I remember Carlsbad Caverns as a kid and how they turned the lights out and scared the bejeebers out of me. I must have been about 4.

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      Danielle 4 years ago from Australia

      I've never been out of Australia but after seeing professional bull riding on TV I'm certain I want to go to Texas :P

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      RitaAnne 4 years ago

      I would love to go for these road trips especially to visit The Grand Canyon :)

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      ian-patrick-716 4 years ago

      Cool lens, this road trip looks fantastic.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Someday I'd like to take this trip after the snow melts and before the summer heat sets in -- or maybe in autumn.

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      WordChipper 4 years ago

      We've been to Arizona, Nevada, and Utah twice now. Great part of the world. Beautiful

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @BarbRad: We went in late spring - early summer. It was warm, but if you're from New England you'll welcome the heat after six months of blizzards.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @eightieschild: Thanks for the inclusion! Hope you get to see it via road trip at some point, there's a lot to see.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @MissMalaprop: My favorite part was west of San Antonio. The scenery gets very dramatic.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @jmchaconne: Wow! This is a lens I have to see.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...When I was younger, I took many a driving trip, but mostly in the Great Lakes and Eastern area of the U.S., closer to where I've lived. This was a beautiful trip in the West! Thank you for sharing it! Congratulations on the Lens' Purple Star award!

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      natureadventure 4 years ago

      It's my dream to visit United States....Great Lens!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Good looking lens. We have done part of the I-10 route going from AL to TX. ;)

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Your tour looks amazing. Thank your for sharing it!

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