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  1. Default Michigan to L.A....?

    I need to make it from Ann Arbor, Michigan to L.A. in about 7 days total. Last summer I drove from L.A. to Michigan and took the southern route through Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. I'm looking to take a northern route this time through Wyoming, the Dakotas, and eventually down through Oregon and the PCH. I'm looking for advice on things to do/places to go/stay along the way. We're looking to camp out as much as possible to save money. Route suggestions greatly appreciated! We'll do anything as long as we can make it to L.A. within a week.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Start and Stay in the Right Frame of Mind

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Seven days is a fair amount of time for the trip you're contemplating, so your plan to go be a more northerly route is certainly feasible. So, make it fun and scenic from the start, and rather than heading south around Lake Michigan and slogging through the traffic nightmare that is Chicago, make your initial direction north, up US-23/I-75, Across the Mackinac Bridge to the UP. Head west on US-2 past Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. At Duluth, use I-35 and MN-23 to cut southwest across Minnesota to Sioux City. A quick visit to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD; a free glass of water at Wall Drug; through Badlands National Park; another quick stop at Mount Rushmore; a short side trip to Devils Tower off US-14; and then at Buffalo, WY stair step southwest on I-25 and I-80 to Salt Lake City. From there I-15 takes you by both Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks as well as through Las Vegas on your way to Los Angeles.

    Now that is a lot of driving, about 6 days worth, but it will take you through some very scenic country and will let you spend a few hours anyway at some of the best sites along the way. Trying to stay north until you hit the coast will chew up your seventh day with driving as well, even if you take the 'short' route through Chicago, and you still wouldn't have time to take the PCH which is a relatively slow 2 lane highway.


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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Buck, the way I read it, this person has already done the Utah thing - do you think Yellowstone or Glacier could be fit in instead?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Possibly

    If he went by way of Chicago and I-90, he might be able to squeeze in maybe a half day driving through Yellowstone, but he'd still have to take I-15 down through Utah and Las Vegas. There just isn't time to get to the coast at Oregon and follow it down to L.A.


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