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  1. Youíll probably need reservations way ahead of...

    Youíll probably need reservations way ahead of time for Alcatraz.

    Whale watching is great but can be chilly. Dress accordingly

    The aquarium is pretty cool; it could take hours. Within...
  2. Iexitapp If you don’t have hotel...

    Iexitapp

    If you don’t have hotel reservations, the free iexitapp can be very helpful. We have found it extremely valuable searching for hotels, restaurants and gas stations. Oh, and rest areas. ...
  3. You might find this interesting, if not useful. ...

    You might find this interesting, if not useful. You can get hourly precipitation forecasts in tabular or graphical format, from the National Weather Service. Note that the snow and freezing rain...
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    Great advice! Let me elaborate on “ no matter...

    Great advice!

    Let me elaborate on “ no matter how far south you go you have no garuantees that you will avoid poor conditions, it could even be that a northern route is more preferable at the time...
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    Check out the cost of flying into each city. Then...

    Check out the cost of flying into each city. Then check the cost of renting a car in each city. Then add them together.

    I did a quick check using Enterprise as an example. A full size car was...
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    Iíve flown out west to visit Utahís wonders...

    Iíve flown out west to visit Utahís wonders several times. I always found it convenient flying into Las Vegas.

    Donít play the slots in the terminal; they supposedly have terrible payouts; but I...
  7. Nine days sounds like Saturday through the...

    Nine days sounds like Saturday through the following Sunday. My renting experience is you arrive at the rental place Saturday afternoon and spend a couple hours there before leaving. Later, you...
  8. To “Avoid sitting in traffic” I highly recommend...

    To “Avoid sitting in traffic” I highly recommend the WAZE app. It has gotten me around several traffic backups due to accidents or construction. It works by monitoring the movements of other...
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    Five long consecutive drives will wear you down. ...

    Five long consecutive drives will wear you down. I think Iíd squeeze an extra day in there to wind down. You could take day four off, or take two half days. If you head past the badlands, be sure...
  10. If you’re talking about THIS September, number...

    If you’re talking about THIS September, number one would be finding a spot to stay, especially if it’s within a week of Labor Day.
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    I like to plan on averaging 50 mph. True, you...

    I like to plan on averaging 50 mph. True, you might drive 70 or 75 most of the time, but you’ll be stopping for gas and food; maybe for a restroom. You’ll be delayed by traffic, construction,...
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    Whatever route you choose, I highly recommend...

    Whatever route you choose, I highly recommend that you consider using the WASE app along the way. It has gotten me around traffic jams several times.

    Two days ago, I was driving through Detroit...
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    I assume you mean the National Museum of the US...

    I assume you mean the National Museum of the US Air Force! It’s FREE and can easily occupy you for a day! You’ll be quite disappointed if you arrive too late to see all you’d like.
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  14. Are you flying into Colorado and flying out of...

    Are you flying into Colorado and flying out of Vegas? Seems odd to go all the way to California and turn back to Vegas.

    You’ve picked three destinations. How did that come about? I surmise...
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    ď This probably couldn't even be safely done in a...

    ď This probably couldn't even be safely done in a single-engine propellor airplane.Ē

    And thatís not a joke! Makes you think Ö
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    To put that in perspective, it would be the same...

    To put that in perspective, it would be the same amount of miles driving from NYC to WDW in Florida. Now, would you EVER suggest that as a side trip to someone flying in to visit you in NYC?
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    This is an oversimplification, but the South...

    This is an oversimplification, but the South Dakota trip is generally in treed areas while the Grand Canyon and Utah National Parks are in barren desert. Both trips would be great but very different...
  18. In Chattanooga, you can spend at least half a day...

    In Chattanooga, you can spend at least half a day at Rock City.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=krAY8sYIPMU


    In Mitchell SD, there is a corny attraction called the “Corn Palace”. I always...
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    That’s good news. Of course, it would be a...

    That’s good news.

    Of course, it would be a good idea to have a mechanic give the car a good look over.
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    “Our trip vehicle”? Are friends going with...

    “Our trip vehicle”?

    Are friends going with you? If so, have you discussed what happens if the Jeep breaks down and you’re stranded? If you’re constrained by time and your friend has to fly...
  21. As far as activities for the kids go, consider...

    As far as activities for the kids go, consider geocaching.

    People have hidden millions of containers all over the world, including in the ISS. These containers range in size from small as a...
  22. The 600lb gorilla in the room! My greatest...

    The 600lb gorilla in the room!

    My greatest piece of advice? Leave the toddler with someone else if possible.

    I came from a family of FIVE children. We went on two to four week long...
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    Another thing about surface roads is speed traps!...

    Another thing about surface roads is speed traps! On one vacation in the northwest, there were many times when I would notice a police car right at the city limits as I came into town. Invariably,...
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    AZBuck has a good point! I’ve had several “close...

    AZBuck has a good point! I’ve had several “close calls” with slow trucks. The problem is twofold. First of all, you’re not expecting someone to be driving slow on the expressway. Second, you get...
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    Maybe it would be possible to mount a small air...

    Maybe it would be possible to mount a small air conditioner in a window? There are 5000btu 50lb units. Of course, you’d have to have the proper wiring for it. Safety first.
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