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OT: I-40 sight-seeing tips? - 5/22/2011 9:22:52 AM   
Gil R.


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In a few days I'll begin a 2000-mile drive from Arizona to Michigan. I've figured out most of the things and people I'll see along the way, but am unsure about the 10-hour stretch between Santa Fe and Tulsa. Looking at the map it seems there isn't much in the way of must-see tourist spots, of either a natural or historical variety. There are some grasslands to be seen if one gets off the highway, but nothing jumps out at me. Any tips for what I might see and do? If there's something worthwhile I'll do the drive over two days; otherwise, I might just suck it up and do it in one.


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RE: OT: I-40 sight-seeing tips? - 5/23/2011 1:31:07 AM   
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I've been on that road many, many times. First, Santa Fe isn't on I-40. The trip from Albuquerque to the NM-TX line is interesting, but once you hit TX, the landscape is mind-bending boring, as in nothing to see unless you are into giant wind mills. Try not to fall asleep at the wheel. There's Palo Duro Canyon, which is off I-40 SE of Amarillo. Once you get to OK City, there's the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, if you are interested in such things. From there to Tulsa, its a toll road, which for a westerner like me, is literally highway-robbery.

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RE: OT: I-40 sight-seeing tips? - 5/23/2011 2:47:09 AM   
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Palo Duro Canyon is worth the detour if want to take some time off of I-40.  I think the 45th Infantry Division museum is in Oklahoma City also.

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RE: OT: I-40 sight-seeing tips? - 5/23/2011 2:13:53 PM   
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Amarillo, TX also has some other attractions besides Palo Duro:

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220

http://www.bigtexan.com/

http://www.aqha.com/foundation/museum/

And my favorite:

http://www.pantex.com/ 

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RE: OT: I-40 sight-seeing tips? - 5/23/2011 3:00:05 PM   
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The Oklahoma City bombing memorial is beautiful, moving, and easy to get to.

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RE: OT: I-40 sight-seeing tips? - 5/26/2011 10:24:58 AM   
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll see what I have time for. Incidentally, today while driving through N.M. I visited the museum at White Sands Missile Range, which is quite impressive -- they have 20-30 missiles on display, plus a bunch of interesting displays. (My favorite thing was reading that when Dr. Goddard in 1919 wrote a key article suggesting that multi-stage rockets could be used to reach space the New York Times ran an editorial criticizing him and saying it was common knowledge that action-reaction wouldn't work in a vacuum. The Times retracted the editorial after the moon landing.)

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RE: OT: I-40 sight-seeing tips? - 5/26/2011 1:30:17 PM   
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If you happen to see a Giant truck stop, the green chili stew is worth a stop.

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