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Great Destination in US for October or early November for a week

TexasCollegeMomTexasCollegeMom 199 replies48 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Good friends of ours are faced with cancer. Doctors hope the treatments will give him a year or two. He has enough stamina to hike/ walk for an hour but it wipes him out after this. The wife wants to plan a trip for them that is memorable but doable. They live in Dallas so non-stop flights are preferable. Due to medical issues & passports, they prefer to not travel outside the US right now. My first idea was to fly to Flagstaff and see the Grand Canyon then see Sedona. ( They have already traveled to San Francisco, the wine country, Chicago and Great Lakes visiting family.) Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 932 replies22 threadsRegistered User Member
    Sorry to hear about your friend. I immediately thought of Sedona when I saw the post title. Depending on time, they could add in an NP or two in southern Utah.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 21123 replies219 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Mid-October is a lovely time to be in Northern New England - foliage, apples, cider, seafood on the coast. Plenty to see via car drives, mountain vistas, beaches to walk, he can tackle small hikes if he feels up to it but no need to do so.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22974 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Stay at low altitudes, especially if he tires easily. San Diego?
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  • Twoin18Twoin18 1590 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Moab could be an option for some of the Utah national parks (Arches and Canyonlands), we found lots of good condos to rent there and it isn’t as high as Grand Canyon. There are non-stop flights from Dallas to Grand Junction (90 mins drive), which is a pleasant small town, though Salt Lake City (3.5 hours) is cheaper.
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  • conmamaconmama 4261 replies315 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I’m so sorry about your friend and his wife! I was also thinking New England fir the fall foliage beauty and everything @dochicos said. Not sure if there is still a lot of foliage in late October though. Typically in the Midwest the 3rd to 4th week is the peak, so it seems it would be earlier further north,
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  • Youdon'tsayYoudon'tsay 19205 replies459 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I hear great things about Asheville, NC.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 932 replies22 threadsRegistered User Member
    New England in early November is pretty dreary. Early to mid October is nice, though it may be difficult to find a place to stay.
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  • KBTDPTKBTDPT 13 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Sedona! Pink Jeep tour, dinner at Cress on Oak Creek, stay at the Kimpton Amara or L'Auberge. What a wonderful friend you are to plan this trip. :)
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 38904 replies468 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Palm Springs has some interesting hiking in the Indian Canyons and should be very pleasant. There are guided light hiking tours offered to Joshua Tree park (or it can be easily reached by car). So sorry about the illness. Hope the doctors have a good plan for him.
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  • wis75wis75 14068 replies62 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 17
    With his stamina issues a trip with scenic drives plus short walks and the ability to stay back in the hotel seems best. I favor greenery over deserts and the time it takes to get to scenic views may involve hours of driving instead of relaxing. The northern states will have lost their fall foliage and could easily be dreary.

    The thought of the Appalachians sounds good for scenery but without the need for a lot of travel once there. A DC area trip and seeing museums is always good- always something- we have been there four times. Our last trip we included Mount Vernon and the Shenendoah National park/forest. Coming from Texas a trip east has many possibilities.

    It is good to have flexibility once arriving at the destination. Work out possibilities involving a place with a nice atmosphere that he can enjoy if he feels too tired for even car trips. Seeing nature from hotel grounds with options for nearby attractions may work best. Different terrain than Dallas.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 21123 replies219 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Another area to consider is the Charleston SC area. Great food, nice beaches for relaxing. It's very flat so there walking/tame hikes are very doable.
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  • LindaFromNYLindaFromNY 40 replies16 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Very sorry to hear. Not sure about flights, but consider Asheville, NC. Just beautiful.
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  • greenwitchgreenwitch 8755 replies41 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Dallas is pretty close, but New Orleans is great in November and we have the lowest altitude for walking around, lol. The first week of November is particularly rich in small, local festivals.

    https://www.neworleans.com/events/festivals-calendar/?skip=72&startDate=09/18/2019&endDate=09/18/2020&sort=date
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  • washugradwashugrad 1134 replies13 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Not sure if you are specifically looking for outdoorsy options or if you mentioned the hiking as a guide to his general condition. If it's the latter I'd add Manhattan to the suggestions - take in some Broadway shows, take a tour via open-top bus rather than walking everywhere, etc. Another thought would be something like Orange County CA. Stay somewhere like Laguna Beach or Newport Beach.
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  • mominvamominva 3044 replies36 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Road Scholar has a Savannah Film Festival trip in that time frame.
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  • thumper1thumper1 74793 replies3278 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What about Phoenix? That’s their sweet spot for weather. You could see the desert botanical gardens, go to the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum...not just for musicians), and there are a lot of day hikes or shorter you could do. If you wanted to, you could go from there to Sedona. There are nice resort types of places to stay at in the Scottsdale area.

    @ChoatieMom ?
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  • HippobirdyHippobirdy 358 replies1 threadsRegistered User Member
    Destin FL for beach, & Florida panhandle is nice.
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  • rockymtnhigh2rockymtnhigh2 257 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited September 25
    Followup on @Twoin18 suggestion. The small jet flight to Grand Junction from DFW is 2 hours. Grand Junction itself has a surprisingly beautiful Colorado National Monument (mini Grand Canyon) that has lots of nice easy hikes or just a drive through with lots of stops for overlooks. Not crowded. Lots of foreign visitors go there for a day or two on the way to Moab. The drive to Moab takes about one hour and 15 minutes. The Arches NP is a little more crowded but that time of year is definitely less hot than summer. The arches are breathtaking and can also be seen from the car.
    edited September 25
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  • MarilynMarilyn 3709 replies124 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Someone upthread mentioned San Diego. I don’t know if you would consider it memorable, but there are a ton of possibilities if you want to see beautiful views without too much walking effort. Cabrillo, Torrey Pines, Coronado, and La Jolla all come to mind. They could get a guided tour of the zoo - either one hour via cart or all day with the (expensive) VIP tour. The weather should be pleasant.
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