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Old 01-28-2019, 04:21 AM   #41
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Plans are always fun but need to be realistic.
I think your using something like Mapquest to get your drive times? They use posted speed limit I think and towing we never get that good of time.

We have found that 50-55 miles per hour is closer to estimate travel time. This takes into account fuel and pit stop breaks.

Your first day is going to be stressful as I -70 from St Louis to KC is always busy with semi ‘s day and night. I drove part of this for 25 years.
KC Royals have a home game on 7/17 but that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Stay flexible, better to enjoy your trip than to have everyone upset because you are worn out

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:33 PM   #42
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Plans are always fun but need to be realistic.
I think your using something like Mapquest to get your drive times? They use posted speed limit I think and towing we never get that good of time.

We have found that 50-55 miles per hour is closer to estimate travel time. This takes into account fuel and pit stop breaks.

Your first day is going to be stressful as I -70 from St Louis to KC is always busy with semi ‘s day and night. I drove part of this for 25 years.
KC Royals have a home game on 7/17 but that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Stay flexible, better to enjoy your trip than to have everyone upset because you are worn out

Just my 2 cents.
I used Google maps for the mileage only. I averaged 55mph on interstate part of route and 50 mph for off-interstate roads, not counting any roads in Yellowstone/Tetons since they are in a world all their own.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:53 AM   #43
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An update to our trip, now just 37 days away. We have decided to travel from KY to SD via Indianapolis, Peoria, and Des Moines. It will be a 2 days drive with one night stay over in between.

7/17 - leave home at 3am arrive Des Moines West KOA 3pm

7/18 - Des Moines West KOA to Keystone, SD 6am to 5pm

7/19 - Tour Badlands, Mt Rushmore

7/20 - rapid city to Cody, WY via Gillette, WY 9am to 5pm. 2 nights in Cody, seeing Museum and driving Beartooth Highway.

7/22 - Cody, WY to West Yellowstone KOA 9am to 3pm

7/27 - West Yellowstone to Jackson WY 7am to 1pm. Tour Tetons and Jackson.

7/29 - Jackson to Cheyenne KOA 8am to 4pm

7/30 - Cheyenne KOA to KC East KOA 3am-3pm

7/31 - KC KOA to home 8am to 6pm
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Old 06-09-2019, 01:57 AM   #44
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If you can handle that sleep schedule and fit in all the touring you want to do then it sounds like you have it under control. The only thing I would add is tour Crazy Horse along with Rushmore. They are not very far apart and I think the girls might enjoy the museum and the presentations they do.


As far as the Bad Lands is concerned I pulled my 30ft. trailer through it on our way to Rapid city. There are pull outs for the views and mountain goats to see but there is nothing there really but a moonscape. Cool to see but for us it was just a drive through thing. The main road through pops you out at Wall and the famous Wall Drug. Large parking lot on the west side near the store. Might be worth putting on the list for shopping for the girls and souvenirs.


Have you invested in a National Park Pass? Might be worth the purchase price for as many parks as you plan to visit.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:08 AM   #45
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Trip looks good and similar to what I have done in the past including Des Moines KOA and KC East KOA. We stopped at an archeological dig in the Badlands probably 20 years ago now which was very interesting.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:45 AM   #46
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While in Hill City area visiting Mt Rushmore, I'd include a drive through Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument and a 2-3 hour drive through the mountains around Mt Rushmore. There are tunnels through the rocks that are barely wide enough for a modern pickup to fit, certainly DON'T attempt to tow through that road, but for us, was a "must see" event.

Wall Drug, while a commercial (money making) site, is definitely worth a couple hours as is the Minute Man Launch Site which is nearby. If you're into aircraft/aerospace history, Ellsworth AFB has an excellent display of vintage USAF aircraft and some "in depth" local military history.

While in Hill City, you can do a walking tour of the "downtown area" to view "life size statues" of all the presidents. They are placed throughout the town center and it can become an "Easter egg hunt" type event for kids as they search for the next statue.

For us, if we'd have only stayed "one night as a drive through" we would have been very disappointed at all we would have missed because of the lack of time in the area.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:25 AM   #47
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we are doing a similar trip, different campgrounds. we will be in cody 17th and 18th and then on to west yellow stone.
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