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Old 05-19-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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Planning the "big one" from NC to OR. Depart August for arrival 1st week October (Wedding). North route out / South route return. Want to include Yellowstone, Glacier, Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, etc. Any suggestions on "must see" places would be appreciated. Is weather going to be a negative factor? Thanks all !
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You should be safe in October through Oregon . . . not sure about Yellowstone and Glacier. Just keep an eye on the passes. Rain, okay, snow, not okay. We've gone back and forth through Shasta and Grant's Pass so often . . . our last trip was dicey in March (weather), but the trip in October was fine.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for the info, we'll keep close watch on the weather!
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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You will be missing the "Middle", i.e., all of the National Parks in Utah.
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You're so right ! We've been looking thru Utah and that will sure change our minds. Looks like there's a lot to experience thru UT.
Thanks for info, sure helps !
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+1 on the Utah National Parks. They are wonderful. Our favorites are Arches (Moab) and Bryce. You should be able to work that in to your trip.

Try not to miss the Black Hills in SD. Mt. Rushmore and Hungry Horse are must sees.

So much to see....so little time. Enjoy!
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I don't think much of rushmore, just an excuse to give the national park service 20 bucks and kill an hour...

But i LOVE the black hills and the badlands. Rapid city, sturgis, spearfish canyon, and the badlands, all not to be missed. Even deadwood is cool as hell.
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October in Oregon is the start of rain season. Bring rain gear and warm coats. If you can get over yo the coast for part of the trip. As for Crater Lake you could see snow. Same for any of the mountain regions.
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Thank you

Thanks to all for great info, we'll sure look forward to a great experience.
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Sounds like you are coming to Portland, so around that region, here are some great places to visit:

Timberline Lodge (up on Mt. Hood) Timberline Lodge
Columbia River Gorge and Highway Historic Columbia River Highway
Multnomah Falls and Lodge Multomah Falls Lodge

On the Washington side of the Columbia river:
Mt. St. Helens MountStHelens.com Information Resource Center & Visitor Guide Be sure to watch the movie, has a surprise at the end of it. It is very cool to be driving up there and then suddenly you are in the blast zone. Even after all this time, it only just starting to have life again.

On the way down (or up) the mountain, I recommend 19 Mile House. They have a great deck that overlooks the Toutle River and the food is good too

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On that subject, we did the old highway up the columbia gorge in a 36' gasser a few years ago. It was kinda scary but doable, and very high on the not to miss list no matter your transportation.

Maryville state park was very nice too. This is up the columbia, east of dulles, a true oasis in the deseert, very well kept with a great group of hosts.

Finally, if u get that way, coure d allain idaho (spelling) is most nice. Nice lakes, nice campgrounds, and a killer rotating resturant on the water
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It's Coeur d'Alene . Finally, a location I know a lot about as I've lived here most of my life. It is stunning here. Tons of camping, hiking, biking, boating, swimming, skiing, options.
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