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Posted on 06 September 2014 by luther

The Trip Continues  Day 25

Today is Saturday Sept 6 and we just landed in Denver.

I choose to take the $11.50 bus to the center of Denver it’s the easiest and fastest way  (1/2 price seniors)

The Plan was to  edit video and  upload the imagery for this website, the All America Vacation Facebook Page and the YouTube channel for All America Vacation. and make those posts every day……………

Well…….the fact is I have over 300 videos and 2000+ pictures   …  over 150 Gb of imagery.  I will fill  in the basic  Posts and a couple of images for each Day

But I have front seat, HD videos of  25,  of the top 50 roller coasters in the US .

That’s just roller coasters…

There  are videos of everything on the Schedule page… Everything! And much more … and every main photo will be the first of a 10 plus slide show.

BOTTOM LINE….. IT will take 3 weeks to get most things in

More things will go in every day.

When its finished it will include the 50 Year Reunion Party and more.

Please keep checking back


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Amtrak Empire Builder

Posted on 18 August 2014 by luther

After a frantic dash to get to the Space needle, we made it back with the monorail and to the Seattle Union Station that was in excellent condition.

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Space Needle

Posted on 18 August 2014 by luther

This is the must do in Seattle, Great view, clear sunny weather.

We made It , fantastic views

We made It , fantastic views


Everybody has been here it seems

Everybody has been here it seems


The view is stupendous and exciting

The view is stupendous and exciting


Flying Saucers

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Empire Builder

Posted on 18 August 2014 by luther

Amtrak Empire Builder from Seattle to Milwalkee.


One of the Classic train rides from Seattle to Chicago

One of the Classic train rides from Seattle to Chicago


One of the clasic Art Deco western train stations in excellent condition

One of the clasic Art Deco western train stations in excellent condition

Ready to go exciting ride across Washington Srate on the  way east

Ready to go …an exciting ride across Washington Srate on the way east

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Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

Posted on 16 August 2014 by luther

The iconic Hoover Dam an awsome thing to behold.


The water is down over 100 feet from its high level only a few years ago

The water is down over 100 feet from its high level only a few years ago


This picture says it all!

This picture says it all!


Hoover Gam


 Its 98 its degrees in the shade...

Its 98 its degrees in the shade…

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The Best of Magic Mountain

Posted on 14 August 2014 by luther

Here is The Goliath Ride

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50 Year Reunion Excitement

Posted on 18 June 2014 by luther


When the Grossmont High School Class of 1964 50 Year Golden Reunion date was announced it seemed that it was a very unusual event, very! Could a  50 year high school reunion be more than just coming to the reunion. I thought about it for a while and decided that it could be celebrated with an equally unusual vacation of a lifetime. That is how this years All America Vacation became a 30 Day Countdown to Reunion Night.

It started with:

As long as I was coming from Hawaii for the Grossmont 50 year reunion I should make the best use of that airline ticket and go to a few additional places while I was on the mainland.

When I started to research the possibility of  additional travel, a few articles caught my attention.
One was  “The most scenic Amtrak train rides in the United States . A must ride adventure” it said.

Another was a list of the 10 most extreme roller coasters in the United States.

A third key piece of research I came across was the great price and availability that was possible with a 12 segment,  30 day Amtrak Rail Pass.

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Vacation Tips

Posted on 18 June 2014 by luther

Look for discounts.

  • Do make sure you plan how long it will take to travel. Include breaks if you don’t like travelling or if you have little ones!
  • Bring a map if you’re driving there!
  • Be prepared for the weather. Watch the weather channel for when and where you’ll be gone. Bring clothing appropriate for what the weather will be and something that’s not according to the weather in case it decides to change.
  • Plan as far ahead in advance as possible.
  • If you must change planes, try to arrange so if you have stopovers or anything that it is in a nice airport, so if you have an unexpected (or expected) long layover, you won’t go berserk.

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All America Vacation? How Much?

Posted on 18 June 2014 by luther

Estimate the total cost of your vacation. Be sure to include restaurants (food & drink per person each day),  transportation gas for the vehicle to get there, back, and to places nearby where you’ll be staying, hotel rooms per night, and any other activities that you plan on doing. (Amusement parks, swimming, the zoo, etc.) Make sure to ad a Per Diem for spending money. Use a spreadsheet to organize things.


  • If the trip seems a bit pricey, you may want to consider looking harder for discounts. You can normally find accommodation and travel discounts online. A vacation like the All America Vacation – Reunion planned for this summer can not be done without the internet. While you’re at the site, they can also help plan your trip.
  • Work around the price. Normally if you’re visiting family in another state, you can stay at one of their houses overnight (if there’s enough room for everyone). (Free showers, food, television, and bed!) And if you offer to pay for the gas, you can normally borrow a neighbor’s “extra” vehicle for free and they’ll take care of any animals while you’re gone. And if you buy a gas card, you can save money on the gas! You just gotta think ahead!
  • Work some overtime at your job before you ask for a week/weekend off for vacation. They’ll be more likely to give it to you when you want it.
  • Research, Research and more Research will allow you to make all the pieces fit more smoothly together. to not use the internet to the max will cost you time, money and inconvience or make your trip a horror story.

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What Will Be Included?

Posted on 18 June 2014 by luther

disney-worldThe trip is 30 days beginning on the 12th of August 2014 on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and culminating with the Grossmont High School Class of 1964 Golden 50 Year Reunion in San Diego CA on September 12, 2014 and we will go to a dozen cities and do all the cool things.

What things? You silently scream.

The 2014 All America Vacation will include:

Transportation by planes, trains and automobiles.

We will have 1 to 4 day stopovers in a dozen cities
Travel through half a dozen national parks

See the Great Lakes

Party for 2 days in Las Vegas

libertyWe will take 6 of the top rated classic Amtrak trains in the United States:
The Empire Builder
The Lake Shore Limited
The Carolinian
The Silver Meteor
The California Zephyr
The Pacific Starlighter

We will go to amusement parks:

Magic Mountain
Cedar Point
Coney Island
Six flags Great Adventure
Disney World
EPCOT Center
Universal Studios
Water parks at several of the amusement parks.

While in the cities of Chicago, New York and Washington DC we will see all the
Museums and monuments.
And there are a lot!Behemoth

We will visit the tops of the two highest buildings in the United States.
(The new World Trade Center wont be open till next year – bummer)
We will take double decker tours around Chicago
A subway train ride to Coney Island
We will visit up inside the Statue of Liberty

Take a high speed boat ride around New York Harbor.
We will ride a bike in Central Park.
Go to the top of the Washington Monument.

We will go to 2 football games.
We will go to 3 baseball games.

We will go on six of the 10 highest roller coasters in the United States.

All of this … In only 30 days!!

Culminating with the Grossmont High School Golden 50 Year Reunion in San Diego on September 12, 2014.




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This summer, put away your passport and explore the good ‘ole USA! Get a full taste of Americana and marvel at the nation’s wonders with this years All America Vacation.

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