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    Default Newbie here

    New to the board but not to road trips. We usually drive every year to Disney but have not ventured farther west than Michigan. We live in eastern PA and are looking to take a road trip out west. However, we're not sure how far we can go round trip in 2-3 weeks and still be able to enjoy the sights. It's just me and the husband and we're looking at Yellowstone, Tetons and Mt. Rushmore. Not sure what else to see or if we would have time. We are used to long drives (500-600 mi/day, sometimes longer).Time of year would be Summer or early Fall. Any thoughts/ideas are appreciated.

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    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    With 2 weeks, a trip to the Black Hills and Yellowstone would be quite reasonable. If you can add in a 3rd, then you could round out a loop with Utah and Colorado - possible even the Grand Canyon, although that would probably start to push things a bit.

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    The Beartooth Hwy from Billings, MT to Yellowstone is THE most spectacular drive I have ever been on. I would suggest you work that in.

    Badlands National Park in South Dakota is a good one and very east to loop through from the I-80. I try to get there in the afternoon as the late day lighting can make for some great pictures.

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    If you want a relaxing trip, then use the three weeks and spend at least a week in Yellowstone taking in everything. The last two times we visited Yellowstone we spent 2 weeks each time. There is just so much to see and enjoy in this park. If you can wait until after the Labor Day weekend to go, then the crowds will be thinned out in Yellowstone. We were there for the first two weeks of September last year and it was great. We had a few thunderstorms, but mostly great weather.

    Near Mt. Rushmore also consider Badlands National Park and Custer State Park.

    On the way to Yellowstone make the short detour to Devils Tower National Monument in northeast Wyoming.

    If you have the time, you might want to drop down to Utah to take Interstate 70 back home. The drive from Utah through Colorado to Denver on I-70 is a very scenic drive.


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