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Old 10-25-2018, 12:25 PM   #31
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From Ohio We did Black Hills area, Custer State park(Mt Rushmore) Badlands, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park and back to Ohio in a three week period in July two years ago. You can cram a lot in a short time if you plan it right.

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Old 10-25-2018, 02:24 PM   #32
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Jackets, "You can cram a lot in a short time" I believe we all buy into what you're saying. But the OP is NOT willing to cram a lot into a short time. Holy shmoly, he wants to drive less than 8 hours a day covering the distances I already outlined. You added a week to his limit and admitted you had to cram to get it in.
I'm with you. My family travelled that way for years. We did the best we could in the time allotted. Don't ever let someone tell you that you can't leave Memphis on Thursday after work, ski two days at Snowshoe, West Virginia, and be home for work on Monday morning with the kids well rested. Of course they were, they didn't drive a lick.
I believe we are beating a dead horse. But it makes for good copy.....

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Old 10-26-2018, 09:01 AM   #33
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Yes we are beating a dead horse and who cares. as for the trip it can be done very easy as i plan to drive no more the 5 hours now and get to Yellowstone in 5 days stopping along the way. all the place that are on the route have been to more then once but there is always some you miss even if you stay two weeks in one place. I just take what is said and use what i think fit for us so the dead horse is dead.
It is not a hard trip and there is a lot even the missile base is on the way maybe i can out one in my truck ?
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:03 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by dblanch57 View Post
Glen, it can be done, we did it about five years ago. I think I used the good sam trip planner. At Devils tower, (back then) there was a campground right at the gate to devils tower. Nothing special but it had full hookups. If you have been to Yellowstone you already know that the only campground with hookups is at fishing bridge. I think some go the the west gate and there are many campgrounds there. Yeah it is a long drive but with planning you can do it. I stopped driving mid afternoon in order to rest on the days we were on the road. Yes, we would like to go back and spend more time, but time away together is a vacation in itself.
A sour note: Fishing Bridge will be closed for the 2019 season per the NPS website. Mammoth Hot Springs allowed rigs longer than 25' (front bikes to rear box) the other campgrounds didn't when we went through in 2015.

We have been to Yellowstone many times over the last 60+ years, from both coasts. Total time in the park or area is several months, still more we need to see.

If you are zooming to what you want to see, skip the RV parks on the way, crash at Walmart, HD, Lowes, etc. Hookup time is wasted time if you want to see anything when you get there.
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:48 AM   #35
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Happy Thanksgiving everybody, sounds like a great trip. Devils Tower is amazing, be sure to stop at the prairie dog city near the entrance and watch for a while. Mt. Rushmore is amazing. We stayed at the Mt. Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch. This is a really nice place and central to all the good stuff. On the same trip we stayed at the West Yellowstone KOA. West Yellowstone is the perfect base camp to explore the park. They have everything you need in town. Be sure to check out the Grizzly Bear exhibit where live bears test and attempt to break into different kinds of trash receptacles. If you have kids they will love it. I understand time limits and sometimes you just need to hammer down and go have some fun. Enjoy your new Ford, we love ours.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:13 PM   #36
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A suggestion on planning your trip-get Delorme Topo software (Amazon etc since they were bought out by Garmin and they immediately stopped developing or supporting the Delorme software). This will allow you to test routes, set speed and road parameters, and print close ups of critical areas. I have not found anything comparable since those in charge decided that Google maps or equivalent are all we need for travel planning.
The interface is weird but you can save maps, save routes add roads and locations. Not a salesman or do I have any interest in Delorme/Garmin but have used this software since the days when it came on 5.25" floppies.

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