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    Default Denver to Seattle in 18 days

    We will start our road trip in Denver on june 11th and will have our flight back in seattle on june 30th.
    We love nature, good vegetarian food, nice and cosy places,...
    Any suggestions? places to see...

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default narrowing it down

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    With 18 days to make this trip, you could visit pretty much visit anywhere in the western 1/3 of the US. You could go up to the Black Hills and cut across through Yellowstone, You could focus your time on Colorado and Utah, and then work north, you could go all the way over to California and then work your way up the coast, and those are just a few of the broad possibilities.

    So before we can really help with any more specific ideas, what have you come up with so far. What are the major points that you know that you want to hit?

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    We decided to go to yellowstone and grand teton Np. But besides that we don't have made any decisions.
    I'm really interested in the Mesa Verde national park to because of the ruins but I'm wondering if that loop southworths isn't too long. Or would it be possible to go soutwords and go up to yellowstone afterwords?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    You should be able to go to Mesa Verde first, then up to Yellowstone. 18 days is plenty of time to work with. There is a lot of scenery between Denver and Mesa Verde, and from there you are in range of the major southern Utah parks on the way to Yellowstone. You could even possibly do the Grand Canyon.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default So much to see !

    You are travelling through an area full of natural, diverse and outstanding beauty with some great towns along the way. You have a nice amount of time but you will have to pick and choose carefully that you wish to see.

    If you headed for Mesa Verde some of the things that might appeal on route would be Rocky mountain NP, Currecanti National rec. area, Black canyon of the Gunnison, the "Million dollar highway" [US550] through the mountain towns of Silverton and Ouray to Durango and Mesa Verde. Into Utah and you could go up through Moab to Arches NP and Canyonlands, or you could continue to AZ through Monument valley to Grand canyon before heading North through Utah, passing Bryce canyon and Zion NP towards the Tetons and on to Yellowstone. There are another load of possibilities for your onward journey to Seattle that I am not familiar with.

    As you can see, there are many possibilities, the above mentioned ones are just a few of the popular options, there are thousands more ! Get a good map and search the RTA site where you will find lots of threads, tips and route options, and then you can put some dots on the map. You won't be able to see everything and you will have to decide at what pace you want to travel at, some people like to spend multiple days in one spot, others to keep moving.

    You might find the NPS site a good tool where you can locate and find info on every National park.

    Enjoy the planning and when you have new questions arise, just ask !

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