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Old 06-13-2018, 04:05 AM   #1
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Our biggest trip is about to be reality

Hello forum members. We are currently planning one of the biggest trips of our RVing life. We appreciate any suggestions you have on places to stay and things to see.
Here are some of the stops we have planned (reservations already made). Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glazier NP, Banff, Jasper then on to Vancouver. From there to Seattle then down to San Diego. When we leave SD we will be heading to our winter home in Florida.

Looking for places in between, S. New Hampshire heading to Chicago. Then Chicago to Mount Rushmore. Then Seattle to San Diego.
Thanks in advance for comments.
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:33 AM   #2
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In the Mt Rushmore area check out the badlands, Wall Drug, Custer SP, Mitchell Corn Palace, Sturgis, Deadwood. Sounds like a fun trip! You might want to throw a second spare in for good measure as some of those roads can be quite lonely.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:17 AM   #3
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I have said before that if traveling along the California coast, the Avenue of the Giants north of San Francisco is not to be missed. And not only will you need two spares, you might need two credit cards. I sure wish DW and I were going with y'all!
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:26 AM   #4
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Rushmore was ok. Go to crazy horse if you want to be impressed. Indian fry bread was the best at the restaurant there.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:06 AM   #5
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It will be a great trip.

We took a trip out west with our grandson in 2013. We had a 35' fifth wheel and wanted pull through sites and full hookups. We had a diesel truck and it did great in the Mountains.

Where we stayed
Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower - we walked around the base of the tower.
Rapid City KOA
3010 East Highway 44
Rapid City, SD 57703
Phone: (800) 562-8504

Yellowstone - Rocky Mountain RV Park & Lodging, LLC
14 Jardine Road
Gardiner, Montana 59030 USA
877.534.6931 / 406.848.7251
Web: www.rockymountainrvpark.com

Glacier - Mountain Meadow RV Park & Cabins
Hungry Horse, Montana
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The Red Bus tour was great

Ohio - Sauder Village - campground at the location. Made for a good stop on the way.

Iowa - Vesterheim, The National
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520 W. Water St.
Decorah, Iowa
My wife and I have Norwegian heritage. There is a campground operated by the city. Full on weekends but sites available during the week.


Couer d'Alene, ID and Spokane WA area.

Seattle area - Mount St Helens - we lived in Pasco, WA when it blew. Whidbey Island (son served in the Navy there). WA state has some good Wineries.

Beaches north and south of Eureka, CA. Humboldt Redwood State park - great location. Cliffs along La Jolla CA. Mission Beach - San Diego and San Diego Zoo.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:32 AM   #6
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What a Trip!!
Can't help much with the midwest, but we stayed at Custer State Park for a week touring around. All the usual tourist sites are well advertised but Custer State Park can't be beat for wildlife. Would highly recommend Bear Country (near Rapid City) early in the morning. Rushmore at night is very cool but early morning will beat the crowds. Do both! Crazy Horse is great but don't miss the laser show at night. Devil's Tower is well worth the stop. Glacier is pretty and well worth a couple of days. As you travel to Banff don't miss Waterton Lakes. Check your maps but I think HWY 6 will take you to Banff and is beautiful scenic route as opposed to Hwy 2.
And Banff is just too beautiful. We visit Teton NP often and love the area around Jenny Lake. Close by Moose Junction is Antelope Flat. Often see herds of Bison and Antelope there. A little known beauty spot is Schwabacher's Landing. Love that spot for early morning photos. I have some photos here:http://www.keystoneforums.com/forums/album.php?u=19389 and if you would like more details feel free to private message me any time.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:19 AM   #7
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Sounds like a wonderful trip.

The Badlands National Park are right near Wall Drug, as is the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (you get to go down into the control center and silo; be forewarned - read the web site and follow reservation directions). Wind Cave and Cody State Park in SD were worthwhile visits for us; there are some beautiful views of Mt. Rushmore from the drive around Cody State Park. You might enjoy Fort Laramie National Historic Monument also, but that might be a bit out of the way from your planned route. You almost can't go wrong with the various National Parks, and the west is chocked full of them.

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Old 06-13-2018, 08:00 AM   #8
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Sounds like a great trip! If you have any questions about the Black Hills area, sights and attractions, etc. feel free to hit me up as I live in Rapid City. Good luck on your trip!
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:07 PM   #9
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If you are going thru the middle of NY state I would suggest Niagara Falls and/or the Finger Lakes. If you go this southern PA I would stop by Gettysburg.
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:44 PM   #10
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My whole reason for getting an RV was to drive to California. I flew there in 2014, drove the PCH 1 from San Diego to San Fran. Many stops along the way. I left my heart in San Francisco. Flying felt too quick and I wanted to see more. Yellowstone, Yosemite, The badlands, Vancouver, Seattle, and swing around the south (The BBQ trail ) and back to TO. 2019 /2020
I hope you all the best on your journey, be safe
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