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Old 10-14-2018, 01:57 PM   #1
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Looking to make a trip from Chicago to Yellowstone park and stops at devils tower and my rush more. Have two weeks to do it. Any good ideas on stops on the way there and back? No long days of driving , maybe 8 at most, but less would be better. Pulling a Cougar 29rks with a 2019 6.7 swd. For the first time.

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Old 10-14-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
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When is this planned?
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Old 10-14-2018, 03:06 PM   #3
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June or July no real date just yet waiting for Ford to finish making the 250 . And get it yo the dealer. Brand new 250 king ranch 6.7.
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:39 PM   #4
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Good on ya, Glen. I just wanted to make sure you weren't planning on a November trip in a few weeks.
Let's assume you are leaving on Friday after work (leaving Chicago) and heading out I-90 towards the wilderness that is South Dakota. You are looking at about 14-1500 miles to get to Yellowstone. You won't make particularly good time until you actually cross the river into Minnesota. From there all the way to Rapid City is a breeze. Literally a breeze. If the wind is easterly your mileage will go completely to pot! But I digress. You will need to put some miles on the Friday when you leave. Believe me when I say if you only want 8 or less hours a day driving you will have very little time to be a tourist. I'm not trying to rain on your parade. You are heading into great, great tourist areas. But you have a long way to go and a short time to get there. (Jerry Reed I believe) I would suggest you cancel the Yellowstone end of your plans and just go Chicago to Rapid City area and then home.
There is a veritable cornucopia of sites and activities in the area, literally too many to mention here. In the time frame you've said you almost can't get there from here.
I hope a number of other members will chime in here with their ideas. This is a popular trip and we have a world of experienced vacationers on this forum.
Good luck to you.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:22 PM   #5
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glendar10 I have to agree with Jim. You have a 4 day drive (round trip) just to Rapid City. That leaves about 10 days in this area. So much to see and do the days will fly by. Been to Rapid City and area 4 times now and always other stuff to see/do (take a day to see Sturgis) . Forget Yellowstone (also a great place to visit and much to see and do) have been there also. Too far for a 2 week holiday from Chicago I think (looking at the mileage). Have a good holiday where ever you decide to go!
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Old 10-14-2018, 06:19 PM   #6
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Better half really only wants devils tower and Yellowstone park . We have been to all of these place before and now she want to just see these. I was hoping to go from Chicago half way and stop at a camp ground maybe a day the to devils tower for a day then Yellowstone for several days. Returning to Mt. Rushmore . Then depending on time a few stop at different camp grounds for a day or so maybe even the Dells? I have not really planed just thinking and trying to find some good camps to go to along the way. Hard to find camp grounds on Map Quest and I have not found a good rv trip planner.the tow has gps in it for road but camp addresses. I would guess that Devils tower is maybe 1000-1200 miles? So two or three days to three (8hr) days?
Not sure oboist time but wife is looking forward to the two main stops rest is just to get to them.
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Old 10-14-2018, 06:32 PM   #7
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^^^ Totally agree !!!

We did the same trip from northern Michigan (add 500 miles round trip to Chicago) and it took us 7 weeks. We were "rushed" to get it all in and only got to spend 3 days in Yellowstone. Just Devil's Tower is a one day trip, provided you don't slow down going past the prairie dog town on the way into the parking lot. If you stop to take pictures of the prairie dogs, add 2 or 3 hours to your DT trip. Then there's the Vore Buffalo Jump you'll see on the side of I-90, half way between Sturgis and Devil's Tower. Great to see if you're interested in Indian history, but certainly no time to stop if you're "pushing past at 70 MPH to stay on schedule".... There's so many things that you'd "wish you had time to see" along the way, and most of them are worth the time, but if there's no time.......

Yellowstone is a "destination in itself" and a week is barely enough time to take in the "major highlights". Trying to do it "on the fly" between Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore, well, you'll miss the "needles highway, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse, the walking tour of presidential statues in downtown Rapid City. There's so much more that you'll have to "close your eyes as you fly past" that honestly, once you're back home, you'll wonder why the heck you even tried to cram in so much in such a short time.

Even if you break it down to 3 two week trips, you'll still be rushed to get it all in. Trying to do it in a single trip???? You'll get home exhausted with an empty wallet and not much but a bunch of plans to go back "when we can slow down".....
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:36 PM   #8
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Towing you'll need to figure, optimistically, 50 miles per hour, that's 30 hours of driving one way for a 1500 mile trip. If driving 10 hours per day, which when towing is a VERY long day, you're at minimum 6 long full days of just driving out of a 14 day trip. I'm sure it can be done, will it be enjoyable? No, not for me, I'm worn out just talking about such an exhausting trip. You'll need a vacation to rest up from the vacation.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:12 PM   #9
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These type of trips are better when you are retired and can take your time to enjoy the sites.

BTW if you do go to Devils Tower, be sure to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind before going.

I agree on the 2 days each way to Rapid City, and enjoy that area for this trip, which can include Devils Tower.

Maybe on a later trip to Yellowstone you can include Custer Battlefield Visitors Center in Montana.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:41 AM   #10
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For planning this is a pretty good site: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/
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