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  1. Interstates

    The Interstate Highway System is built to certain specific standards. An Interstate can't gain or lose more than 500 feet of elevation per mile. Curves have to be gentle enough to allow for traffic...
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    Seen Through a Different Set of Eyes

    When I toured Scotland a while back, I did so as an undergraduate (albeit at 35) in Geology and Earth Science. If you're not aware, Scotland was the birthplace and/or working home of some of the most...
  3. What We've Found that We Like

    As I noted in my previous reply, my wife and I are getting set for a trip to the Banff/Jasper area. This is a return trip as we also went there in 2004. There's no guarantee that any of the sights...
  4. A Couple of Other Considerations

    I would heartily second each of the other responders' caveats, especially those about finding wi-fi and trying to manage by just sleeping in the car. On what I hope will be a more helpful note,...
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    You Can't Go Wrong Next Time

    Having visited both Acadia and Olympic National Parks, and the areas surrounding each, I'd say that whichever one you pick you will be assured "mental health retreats" and the ability to get "out in...
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    As it Happens...

    My wife and I are planning a similar vacation for around the same time in the Banff to Jasper area of Alberta, Canada. We have found that the cost of lodging is easily the biggest part of our budget....
  7. Sticky: Just a Stray(nge) Note

    Mark, When this first showed up on the forum, with the title in bold indicating that it hadn't been opened yet, the title showed as "One Night Trip -- Death".

    AZBuck
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    Along the Way

    For the afternoon drive up to Jackson, I'd suggest taking the scenic route, getting off I-15 at Parryville and then using US-91/US-89 north to Jackson. Bear Lake State Park would make a good stop to...
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    No Backroads Possible

    Regrettably, if you only have six days and can only drive six hours a day, then it's JUST possible to complete your trip, but ONLY if you stick to the Interstates. It's just simple math. The shortest...
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    The First Two or Three Days

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Sounds like quite the trip and congratulations on your decision to get off the super slabs when possible and reasonable. I would, however, strongly...
  11. I'll ask if no one else will

    Does Joe Btfsplk live on Zzyzx Road or in Zzyzx? If so, that would account for the cloudy weather you encountered.

    AZBuck
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    What's Your Pleasure?

    I'm sure we could reel off a few dozen, if not more, attractions in the Beaufort area, but we prefer a rifle to a shotgun approach. So what kinds of attractions and/or activities are of interest to...
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    You're going to need a cart for that bit of...

    You're going to need a cart for that bit of cartography.

    AZBuck
  14. Anything but Empty

    Picking up where we left off.... You seem to have your trip well in hand except for the end where you have nothing firm on your list from western North Dakota back to Minneapolis. While many people...
  15. Beginning to Midpoint

    Let's start at the beginning. If you think you can do without a car for the first three days in Minneapolis, despite Michael's warning about public transport, then it would be to you advantage to...
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    A Few Possible Alternatives and Additions

    At the start of your trip you might want to consider going through Canada heading first for Montréal and then take the Trans-Candada Highway to Sault Ste. Marie. That would let you miss both paying...
  17. Weather and Safety

    Welcome aboard RoadTrip America!

    The simple fact is that we can't tell you what the weather will be at the end of the month, or even a few days from now. You cannot know at the start of a five day...
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    Without Getting into Specifics (Yet)

    Hiking in the northeast is mostly in National Forests in the various mountain ranges, of which there are many. So this is what I'd suggest as a possible general route. Head north from NYC through...
  19. From West Glacier to Gardiner

    The 'obvious' route that most software will probably recommend is simply US-93 to Missoula, I-90 to Livingston, and US-89 to Gardiner. However, the route is well short of 400 miles which means that...
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    Google Maps™ Finds More than Just Routes

    One way I have found to locate motels along my route is to use Google Maps™. As long as I know roughly where I want to stop for the night, I just find a moderately-sized town and zoom in until places...
  21. Looking for Something Else?

    Dave has given you an accurate assessment of your driving plans and Mark linked to a couple of articles about possible stops along the way. We can always make more suggestions, but we would need to...
  22. Google Maps™ Time Calculations

    I had always been curious as to how accurate Google Maps™ was in its suggested travel times. Naturally the algorithms it uses for this purpose are considered proprietary information and thus not...
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    On What Types of Roads?

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    I've driven most of this route several times as I used to live in the Portsmouth area while most of my family was in Wilmington DE and Washington DC. No...
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    Sticky: Starting Dates Matter.

    It's a good thing that you didn't start this enterprise 15 days later or you'd only be 7. Congratulations!

    AZBuck
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    Monuments and the Mother Road

    Although Arizona is rightfully known as the Grand Canyon State, there are many more interesting sites in the state that are part of the National Park System. They're just not parks but rather...
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