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    I'm a newbie in the planning stages of a summer roadtrip! I'm thinking of bouncing between National Parks and seeing friends along the way this summer, and would love some advice as to "must-sees" on this route...scenic drives, small towns, etc.

    Here's where I'd like to go, places where I have friends have a *:

    L.A. (start point)
    San Francisco*
    Mendocino Coast
    Oregon Coast
    Portland, OR*
    Camano Island, WA*
    WA National Parks
    Cascade, ID*
    Bozeman, MT* (have already been to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons and don't need to go back)
    Colorado--have always heard it is amazing...Durango? Boulder? San Juan Skyway?
    Utah National Parks
    Santa Fe, NM*

    Is this insanely ambitious??? How long might this take me not driving 5-6 hours a day (with some longer days in there) and stopping at the * places for around 3 days?

    Someone talk some sense into me!!!!

    Thanks :)

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

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    Welcome to the RTA forum!

    You are looking at a pretty huge trip, but that doesn't mean its impossible or too ambishious if you've got the time and money.

    Just looking at what you've listed, you'd need a little over a month just to stop at all the places you've listed, but that doesn't really include drive time.

    I'd say just as a ballpark, you'd want at least 2 months to really do a trip like this, but that would be the low end. You could spend many more months and even that would just scratch the surface of what is basically the entire american west.

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