Hello and thanks for any advice,tips,and tricks you can offer my wife and I. I am 32 and she is 29, this is the first big road trip we have done and doing it on a limited fund of $2,000
Her sister is getting married just outside Tulsa Oklahoma in a couple weeks (oct 15) and we live in Upper Michigan (da U.P.)
we both got 2 weeks off work and plan on leaving a little early to see sights along the way and take the long way home.
we plan on leaving oct 10th when I get done with work (around noon) and head to McGregor Iowa and spend the night at pikes peak SP, we hope to tent camp as much as possible with a few cheap motels now and then. The next day we plan on checking out the Effigy mounds (free) and then drive down to Dyersville Iowa to check out the farm that field of dreams was filmed(free). Then a quick stop in central city Iowa to visit a friend who past away 2 days before our wedding. After that we don't have much other plans for Iowa, Any ideas?
I was thinking about spending one more night in a Iowa SP since they only charge $6 a night! Then onto Skiatook Ok.
I would like to swing by the J M Davis gun museum, the largest private gun collection (free) and then head onto Skiatook ok. There we plan on staying at a campground in tent for one night and then two nights rent a cabin.
After the wedding we start the real road trip! I figured rather than take the same boring route back that we took to get there we would head west and then north.
we hope to leave ok and head for pueblo Colorado with a few stops
Leaving her sisters we plan on stopping at the Oklahoma city bombing memorial and museum ($15 each) and then head for Amarillo TX with a stop at Cadillac ranch (free other then spray paint) and a stop for some texas BBQ, any advice on a good spot?
we don't know if it would be better to head north or go thru the NE corner of new mexico to pueblo?
we are planning on setting up the tent in pueblo.
leaving pueblo so far all we have planned is pikes peak and then spend the night in Denver in a motel.
early the next morning we plan on taking the trail ridge road thru rocky mt NP. Looking for a cheap place to stay that night, we do have cold weather camping gear. after rocky mt NP we are heading to yellow stone.
I would like to stay at mammoth springs campground but she's not into the idea of 25-30 temps in a tent :) any cheap places?
after Yellowstone I was thinking about going thru Montana but might just head east to devils tower and then onto South Dakota
In SD we plan on seeing all the sights MT Rushmore, custer SP, deadwood,sturgis,crazy horse,wall drug, badlands
from there we head home to da U.P.
for the most part we plan on having 3 days for Colorado 3 days for Yellowstone and 3 days for south Dakota
we are buying a ford escape so should get about 25mpg average and 30 mpg on highway and have $500 set aside out of the $2,000 for gas
we having camping gear and plan on tenting it most the time and plan on cooking all our own meals unless we see a place we don't have back home.
I know I'm not the best writer but I hope you can get the idea from what I laid out.
we leave the 10th and come home the 26th, the wedding is the 15th and we leave ok on the 16th
If you see anything that stands out as not do able please tell me, if you see we will be in a place that has a must see please tell me. Just keep in mind $$ like the cog train on pikes peak sounded fun until I looked at the price.
Thanks again for any tips, tricks, and advice we sure can use it....this planning is stressful not knowing or have done this before