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    Timing

    Mark,

    Unfortunately, this trip was timed to get us out of Tucson during the hottest part of summer and to miss (most of) monsoon season. So it will be later than we would have wanted if our sole...
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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Rick,

    The Burgess Shale has long been on my 'to do' list, but I'm afraid that my days of hiking 7-10 miles over rough terrain have passed. There are a few other intriguing suggestions you made,...
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    Return to Banff/Jasper

    My wife and I are planning our first big trip since the COVID pandemic even though a new variant seems to be making the rounds. This will be a fly/drive return to the Canadian Rockies. We will be...
  4. Interstate Standards

    Following the routes glc has laid out for you keeps you entirely on the Interstate Highway System. That system is built to certain specifications and constraints. There can be no grades steeper than...
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    Sticky: Interesting Area for a Geologist

    Rick, In case you didn't know, for a good bit of the Yucatan section of this trip you were inside the crater formed by the asteroid impact responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs.

    AZBuck
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    Go East, Young Man

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    If you don't have a particular fondness for cities, including Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago is going to eat into your two weeks rather severly. The...
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    Time

    I went back and had a look at your travel plans and I think you're doing yourselves a disservice by trying to get to Washington in only two days. It's over 1,000 miles from Little Rock to DC, so with...
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    Driving in a Van to See Cars

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    The first place that came to mind when you mentioned that your son appreciated exotic cars was the Lane Museum in Nashville. The other museum that's...
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    If...

    If you can devote two full days to the Rapid City to Salt Lake City portion of your drive, then I would again offer the route and stops that I suggested above. With anything other than two full days,...
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    Relaxed, Scenic and Historic

    Welcome Aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    As far as routing goes, I'd suggest that you consider using some secondary roads since you're in no great hurry. Some of these are scenic in their own...
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    My Experience

    I was last on the Olympic Peninsula just three years ago. Here are a few of the places my wife and I visited. Your tastes may vary, but this list would be a good place to start...

    Quinault Valley...
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    Island Hopping

    My first recommendation is to NOT follow DE-1 along the Delaware shore between Rehobeth Beach DE and Ocean City MD. That road is simply wall to wall traffic during the summer. Instead use US-113...
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    One Idea

    The first possible itintrary that popped into my head was a tour through the Mighty Five in Utah. There are two or three scenic routes through the Rockies, so you could structure this as a loop...
  14. Timing and the Use Thereof

    That last bit helps a lot with your itinerary taking shape. I would concur with where you and Mark got on the Toronto to Dollywood leg. Since the main portion that is going to used in driving and the...
  15. It's All Good

    Your trip will take you through some of the most scenic areas of the country, so you really can't go wrong. As someone who is also 'of an age' where strenuous hikes are no longer the joy they once...
  16. Before We Go Away...

    As Mark noted, we'll be off-line for just a bit this evening and we do like to consider our responses. So I'm not going to get into "roadside attractions along the way" because you won't have time...
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    Sticky: Gang Aft Agley

    Love, absolutely love, how you're adjusting to the unexpected. Whether it be weather or closures or days of the week, a traveler should always be willing to adjust on the fly and adapt themselves to...
  18. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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....
  24. 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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