New Orleans Road Trip Reminder

Recently I had an opportunity to do some traveling in the south. This business mixed with pleasure trip turned out to be very interesting. Being in the construction business for the past 30 years I have traveled to nearly every state in the US. On this latest trip, my first impression was that the recession is certainly not over. Things have changed drastically since 9-1-1. The current recession has caused dramatic changes in our business climate. Closings of small businesses as well as large companies are evident everywhere. “Closed” and “Out of Business” signs are posted in numerous store-front windows that used to display operational products.

The South is probably doing somewhat better than the North. While passing through Jackson, MS, the old Jackson area revealed many closed strip malls and business areas. However, the larger businesses such as Nissan had a full shift working on Sunday.

From Jackson we traveled to Vicksburg, MS where we stayed for the night. Vicksburg is a very historic town. I stayed in Vicksburg several years ago and, for its size, it seemed to be flourishing. Hotels were full and there were tourists everywhere you went, restaurants, museums, National Military Park & Cemetery, walking tour and casinos were all hustle bustle activity. This stay was very different. There were very few people anywhere, including the casinos, which was a real mind-blower.

After completing business in Monroe, LA we traveled to New Orleans for a business convention and some fun. Keep in mind, this was Super Bowl weekend (Saints playing) as well as Mardi Gras season. Wow, what a shocker! The Big Easy was not herself. While the aftermath of Katrina should be long since past, some areas of Bourbon Street are still under construction. Many of the establishments are closed and vacant. This was not what I expected. I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras pre-Katrina and pre-recession. You could not even make your way through the crowds along Bourbon Street. Nearly every place we stopped was packed, and forget sitting down, it was standing room only. Not so this trip.

The long and short of it is, it is quite apparent that the recession is not over. So when political powers that be try to tell us that the recession has ended, don’t believe them. Take a road trip, anywhere, and see for yourself.

Visit Phoenix and Scottsdale in a Valley of the Sun Road Trip

Road Trip Planners enjoy creating trips to the Valley of the Sun because they can bet on getting blue skies and sunny days for the duration of their trip. Going on a Summer Road Trip to Phoenix and Scottsdale ranks as one of the Best Destinations in the U.S.

Why? Because it gives travelers more than 325 sunny days a year! So it’s really a year-round destination. Now factor in the other attributes of russet and purple mountains as your constant backdrop, a huge assortment of hotels (including an abundance of world-class resorts, golf courses and spas), a wide choice of sports and activities to enjoy and you begin to understand why so many road trip planners head there for their summer vacations.

Here are some sample trips to the region that others have taken. Consider saving one you like, give it your own trip name and then have fun customizing it to reflect your personal taste and energy level. At the very least, you’ll pick up great ideas for your own trip.

* FAMILY TRIP TO FLAGSTAFF, PHOENIX AND SCOTTSDALE – Enjoy the railways or float above it all with Over the Rainbow Expeditions. There’s also the Doll & Toy Museum, Castles-n-Coasters amusement park, and the Westworld Xtreme Pursuit Paintball.

* 4 ARIZONA CITIES IN 7 DAYS – Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Litchfield Park. This trip includes Out of Africa Wildlife Park, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhilarating Arizona Sunset Desert Tour, hiking on Camelback Mountain.

* GIRLFRIEND’S TRIP TO PHOENIX AND SCOTTSDALE – Because there’s a smorgasbord of spas available here, Arizona is a favorite road trip destination for friends to gather. In this road trip planner you’ll find spas, pools, shopping, nightlife and even some jeep rides, and shootouts at Western Town.

* GOLFING WEEKEND IN PHOENIX – This is a great trip for couples who enjoy golf and want to infuse a little luxury in their weekend. This 3-Day weekend gets you on golf courses plus side trips to the Phoenix Zoo Lights, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Ice Chalet.

* ROMANTIC OVERNIGHT ESCAPE TO PHOENIX – You can easily expand this trip for a honeymoon or anniversary. You’ll find romance in the air at places like Jazz in the Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden, the Arizona Science Center, and the Pueblo Grande Museum & Cultural Park. It already includes three luxurious accommodations to look over and perhaps choose for yourself.

The trip variations above offer an abundance of activities to fill your next road trip planner to the brim.

Visit Phoenix and Scottsdale in a Valley of the Sun Road Trip

Road Trip Planners enjoy creating trips to the Valley of the Sun because they can bet on getting blue skies and sunny days for the duration of their trip. Going on a Summer Road Trip to Phoenix and Scottsdale ranks as one of the Best Destinations in the U.S.

Why? Because it gives travelers more than 325 sunny days a year! So it’s really a year-round destination. Now factor in the other attributes of russet and purple mountains as your constant backdrop, a huge assortment of hotels (including an abundance of world-class resorts, golf courses and spas), a wide choice of sports and activities to enjoy and you begin to understand why so many road trip planners head there for their summer vacations.

Here are some sample trips to the region that others have taken. Consider saving one you like, give it your own trip name and then have fun customizing it to reflect your personal taste and energy level. At the very least, you’ll pick up great ideas for your own trip.

* FAMILY TRIP TO FLAGSTAFF, PHOENIX AND SCOTTSDALE – Enjoy the railways or float above it all with Over the Rainbow Expeditions. There’s also the Doll & Toy Museum, Castles-n-Coasters amusement park, and the Westworld Xtreme Pursuit Paintball.

* 4 ARIZONA CITIES IN 7 DAYS – Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Litchfield Park. This trip includes Out of Africa Wildlife Park, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhilarating Arizona Sunset Desert Tour, hiking on Camelback Mountain.

* GIRLFRIEND’S TRIP TO PHOENIX AND SCOTTSDALE – Because there’s a smorgasbord of spas available here, Arizona is a favorite road trip destination for friends to gather. In this road trip planner you’ll find spas, pools, shopping, nightlife and even some jeep rides, and shootouts at Western Town.

* GOLFING WEEKEND IN PHOENIX – This is a great trip for couples who enjoy golf and want to infuse a little luxury in their weekend. This 3-Day weekend gets you on golf courses plus side trips to the Phoenix Zoo Lights, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Ice Chalet.

* ROMANTIC OVERNIGHT ESCAPE TO PHOENIX – You can easily expand this trip for a honeymoon or anniversary. You’ll find romance in the air at places like Jazz in the Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden, the Arizona Science Center, and the Pueblo Grande Museum & Cultural Park. It already includes three luxurious accommodations to look over and perhaps choose for yourself.

The trip variations above offer an abundance of activities to fill your next road trip planner to the brim.