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dedmiston

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Posted: 08/18/20 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LadyRVer wrote:

CO: Cheyenne,

That's in Wyoming. [emoticon]


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otrfun wrote:

Giving some thought to heading NW from Kansas for 10-14 days with our truck camper. Have tentative plans to visit Mt. Rushmore and possibly a 2-3 day stay at Yellowstone (reservations permitting; have noticed occasional cancellation openings). Other than that our plans are open.

Can anyone recommend any of their favorite scenic routes and/or places to visit in WY, ID, MT, SD, and eastern CO? Visited western CO last year.

Thanks!


IMHO - you need a LOT MORE TIME - or a lot Less States

SD - Go to Custer - see Rushmore at Night/Dusk - Wind and Emerald Caves NP - Sylvan Lake - Crazy Horse - Black Hills - Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway - Needles Highway - Iron Mountain Road - BadLands NP - Wall Drug - Custer State Park - Think that will take care of those Two Weeks.

Each of the other states you have mentioned, will deserve and require Equal or more time, Sorry but to just drive by or through these areas is just - IMHO not the way to Travel.

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Posted: 08/19/20 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Try this link

50 Most Beautiful Highway Drives in America from Microsoft

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/us-trav........erica/ss-BBU658M?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U506DHP


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If you don't mind 10% grades, take hwy 14A in WY east to west (downhill) from Burgess Jct. to Lovell. Truly spectacular views. There are a few turnouts.


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I love driving through the Bighorn Mtns on 14A. It is not for the faint of heart but if you know how to drive in mountains, it is not bad.

I also love driving the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph highway. The Lamar Valley in Yellowstone is a great place to do some critter watching. Last September me stopped in the Lamar for a couple of house and saw wolves, grizzly bears, moose, hundreds of bison and elk, and a few really nice mule deer.
We are going back to this area in September because I am suffering from withdrawal from seeing the mountains.


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otrfun wrote:

Tyler0215, Islandman, thanks for your input! Much appreciated.

JAC1982, we look at I25 as the east/west division point for CO. We've given some thought to visiting Pikes Peak. That's about as far west (into CO) as we want to go on this trip.


Yeah I can't suggest a whole lot that is east of I-25 that is worth visiting in CO... I mean I live out here and while I love my home and the area is nice, it's not "scenic" other than looking at the mountains from afar which you can do as you're driving up I-25 [emoticon]

In WY the list is endless as you are seeing. The Snowy Range/Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Laramie can be a nice detour if you're heading west on I-80 anyway. It's mostly Forest Service campgrounds so no hookups or anything, but there's a few small towns and it really is beautiful. Only open for a few months a year though because the snow melt takes until July then starts back up again in October.

I agree w/ the above Dubois suggestion, or on the other side of the mountains from there, the Pinedale area. Both are nice and not crowded like Jackson etc, just depends which roads you're taking [emoticon]


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Many thanks to everyone for all the great tips and suggestions! Just had this 2-week vacation window open up a couple of days ago, so very little time to plan.

We did manage to make reservations for 2-3 days at Yellowstone yesterday.

Agree, Busskipper, there's no way we can do 4 1/2 states justice in 2-weeks. We'll take our time and enjoy each stop. If we only make it to 1 or 2, that's fine.

mockturtle/BarabooBob, see you both gave a thumbs up on Hwy 14A in WY. Any idea how this drive compares to the Million Dollar Hwy in CO in terms of grade and overall safety (guardrails or lack thereof)? We enjoyed the MDH, but if 14A is worse in this respect we'll probably pass--lol!

Lastly, looks like we'll be traveling late Aug - early Sep. Any chance of snow/ice going through any of these passes? Any chance we'll see any change of colors?

Thanks again!

* This post was edited 08/20/20 02:43pm by otrfun *

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I loved driving US 14A, but I have a Ram diesel truck with an exhaust brake. People with gas engines tend to like it less! It is steep for much longer uphill and downhill grades than US 550 between Ouray and Silverton, which I have driven more times than I can remember in the past 50+ years. But 14A also has wider lanes, guard rails, and even some shoulders.

And we also enjoy the Beartooth Highway (US 212) between Red Lodge and Cooke City (but only without the trailer!) and the Chief Joseph Highway between Cody and Cooke City.


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Orfun: 14A is just very steep and winding. Not particularly scary in terms of drop-offs like the MDH.

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I have driven the MDH, 14A, and the Beartooht. 14A is definitely steeper and more twisty but the view is worth the drive. I drive an F150 with a 3500 lbs TT so I am loaded pretty light. Never had a problem with brakes or power. I love my EB3.5 It always thinks it is at sea-level and does not need screaming RPM's to produce power or torque.

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