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It's been said that if you don't like the scenery where you are at in Utah, just drive an hour in any direction and it changes. From the desolate expanse of the salt flats to the changing colors of the rock formations in Bryce to the mountain forests, you'll find just about anything. We love Moab, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef, and our home in the Salt Lake Valley. (Well, maybe not the actual house--it needs a lot of work--but the location.)
All of them have timeshares reasonably close. Go to the RCI directory and do a search by state or better yet, look in the RCI resort catalog as you can then see relative distances. They all beat the heck out of Orlando in my opinion.
I need the security of the Marriott only trading window. But, I will reconsider WM if I have trouble finding the Horizons at Branson at a good price; the trouble is that I have only an educated guess as to what a good price is.
I'm in no hurry though. I have my January vacation in Orlando planned, I am booking tickets on the TUG Alaska cruise, and I'm sure the Foxrun that I am in the process of buying will get me a week in the fall somewhere nice.
...is the Hudson River Valley, which was painted by some of the great artists of the (hence the name) Hudson River School. If you visit Mohonk Mountain House (unfortunately not a timeshare), they have wonderful hiking trails and little gazebos set on the cliffs where you can sit and admire the spectacular scenery. It's amazing, just like being in one of those paintings!
Here are some of the most beautiful places I've been to:
In the USA:
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Glacier National Park, Montana
Sanibel Island, Florida
Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Santa Barbara, California
Yosemite National Park, California
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/NC
Most of these areas have timeshares in the nearby vicinity.
The Grand Canyon
Best volcanic site:
The Yellowstone Caldera
The Alps in Austria, Germany & Switzerland
Glacier National Park
The Grand Tetons
The Maroon Bells
The view of Pyramid Peak as one comes over a rise on a ski lift in Colorado
No one mentioned Escalante Canyon, in Boulder, Utah. Take the senic route from Moab,Utah, thru Canyonlands National Park, on the way to Zion National Park. Miles of pink marble cascading down forever. One good thing from the Clinton presidency was that he designated this a National area.
Bali (especially inland mountain rice terraces)
Glen Coe in Scotland
Sea-to-Sky highway (Vancouver to Whistler)
Zion area, Monument Valley or Sedona (for red rocks)
Bornholm Denmark (island off the coast of Sweden)
Mt Rainier, Grand Tetons, Maroon Bells or top of Whistler Mountain (Black Tusk views)
Alhambra in Granada Spain
Hawaii (soft spot for the Big Island, which has it all)
San Juan Islands or Deception Pass area
Old growth forest (Vancouver Island, CA redwoods, WA Ho River Rain Forest)
I fell in love with Sedona, Arizona. I never heard of it until I was paging through the RCI book a few years ago....same with Whistler, B.C. and now I've been to both. Both highly recommended based on scenery.