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  1. Default Pacific to Atlantic, Northern Route

    Me and a Mate of mine are taking a month and driving across the US during May. Mostly sticking to the Northern Routes. Besides the major cities under the Great Lakes and Yellowstone NP we don't have any other planned stops. If anyone could recommend some great places to see and experience it would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
    Stu

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    Default May Road Trip – is still spring in the north!

    Quote Originally Posted by ferniestu View Post
    Me and a Mate of mine are taking a month and driving across the US during May.
    That sounds pretty interesting -- welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum.
    Mostly sticking to the Northern Routes. Besides the major cities under the Great Lakes and Yellowstone NP we don't have any other planned stops.
    Gotta go to the Badlands of South Dakota! I also really enjoyed Craters of the Moon and Eastern Outback of Oregon. And thanks to Judy's reminder -- the Going-to-the-Sun road is not to be missed!

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 04-06-2007 at 09:52 AM. Reason: added link to Glacier field report

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    Default See them before they disappear!

    Glacier National Park

    Also, check out Eastern Washington's coulees. Very interesting. Especially Dry Falls.

    It's a short drive to the Grand Coulee Dam from there.
    Last edited by PNW Judy; 04-06-2007 at 10:06 AM. Reason: Added info

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    Default Coulees? Scablands?

    The 'coulees' that you (Judy) speak of; is it also called the scablands?

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    Default Scablands = Result of massive floods

    Quote Originally Posted by mikphire View Post
    The 'coulees' that you (Judy) speak of; is it also called the scablands?
    Scablands refers to the geologic structures that to have been caused by massive flooding after ancient ice dams burst, more info here. Technically, I think Coulees are the over-all term, whereas scablands refers to the really huge ones. But we probably need the expertise of our resident planetary geologist AZBuck on this one!

    Mark

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    Default Coulees are a Part of the Channeled Scablands

    OK - 'Scablands' refers to the overall geological terrain, of which one component is the 'coulees' or steep-sided ravines (which make damming the rivers fairly easy. Actually, Judy provided a very helpful link to Wikipedia's discussion of the terms. The whole region (the channeled scablands) is, as has been stated, the result of massive flooding that resulted when a giant ice dam broke up catastrophically at the end of the last ice age.

    AZBuck

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    Default On TV now

    Just started watching a programme on the TV about the Scablands. So far it looks pretty spectacular - I reckon I might have to explore the area a little more in-depth than I'd planned next year. Do you have any particular suggestions for accessible destinations to visit?

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