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Old 06-11-2016, 06:40 AM   #1
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So we are planning another trip to the western US beginning in late August.... three months or so allotted for travel. Once we get thru the plains, we plan to stop in Buffalo, WY for a couple of days, then drive over to Cody (never been to Cody). From there we have tentatively planned to get back to I90 and work our way up to WA then down into Oregon toward Bend, down to Grant's Pass, then down thru enough of Northern CA to see some redwoods. Maybe work our way thru to Las Vegas since DW want to 'see the lights' just once.

On previous trips we've visited the following:

Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore
RMNP
Moab
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Yellowstone
Bryce Canyon
Oregon coast

So looking for suggestions for other places along our planned route that we should try and see/do. I know there is so much to see..... so many places, so little time.
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We were out that way last fall and some of our favorite places were:
Cody - rodeo, drive Chief Joseph and Beartooth, Dan Miller show, museum
Coeur d'alene, ID - the whole area, ice cream from Harrison Creamery
Leavenworth, WA - quaint little German town, Icicle Brewing Co
McMinnville, OR - FM in Beaverton, wineries, drive to coast and Mt Rainier
Sisters, OR - town, festivals, volcanism,
For more info & details, you can check out my blog (Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings) beginning 8/3/15. Hope this helps some.
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From Buffalo, you can go to Cody via hwy. 16, hwy. 14, or hwys. 14 ans 14A. The easiest drive is 16, but IMO, it is also the leas scenic, My favorite route is 14A. It is beautiful, but has some very steep grades.

If you do take 14A, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area / Pryor Mtn. Wild horse Preserve just east of Lovell, is a little known gem. The scenery is gorgeous. Wild horses and bighorn sheep are almost always found along the road.

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From Cody you are less than a day's drive to the Grand Tetons. Also Yellowstone is always worth doing again. We're going back for our 15th visit in 16 years of RVing!
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So we are planning another trip to the western US beginning in late August.... three months or so allotted for travel. Once we get thru the plains, we plan to stop in Buffalo, WY for a couple of days, then drive over to Cody (never been to Cody). From there we have tentatively planned to get back to I90 and work our way up to WA then down into Oregon toward Bend, down to Grant's Pass, then down thru enough of Northern CA to see some redwoods. Maybe work our way thru to Las Vegas since DW want to 'see the lights' just once.

On previous trips we've visited the following:

Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore
RMNP
Moab
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Yellowstone
Bryce Canyon
Oregon coast

So looking for suggestions for other places along our planned route that we should try and see/do. I know there is so much to see..... so many places, so little time.
OK - what I always try to do is understand the "Mission" leave in August (HOT Sticky) drive To the Pacific NorthWest (Cool - Rainy) will head to/through Cody Then I-90 to Oregon. see California, Coast and National Parks, head over to Vegas for Thanksgivings or Christmas? and then Back Home?

Am I close?

Couple of thoughts - that work for your trip - I'd come into Cody either from Red Lodge (Beartooth Hwy/Chief Joseph) or Shoshoni (Wind River Canyon).

Glacier NP id to Die for - Flathead Lake (Rich and Famous) Coeur d'Alene an surrounds - lakes mountains - From there to the Wine Trail in Washington State - this has it's rewards - into Portland - talk about a lot to do - then down the Coast of inland? in California (Son went to College there and got my fill) Beautiful just too crowded and regulated for me.

PCH is not to be missed - Redwoods to never forget - Redwood National Park - Lakes (Shasta - Tahoe) not much like them - Yosemite NP - Kings Canyon NP -
Dan Diego - then To Vegas? then Home - Be sure to Catch Canyon de Shelly and Sedona on the way back.

That's what I guess you have planned - Might need to stay till Spring?!!!

Couple of personal thoughts - you have missed the State of Colorado!! to catch the Aspen is a trip to Heaven - https://lynn.smugmug.com/Travel/Colo...pens/i-tsVRkXg

I will never again pass up the chance to spend the end of the month of September in the Colorado Mountains, if you clicked on the link you see why. I dislike the I's and three in particular I-40 - 80 - 90 and will avoid them at all cost. As you travel look up Ski Resorts in the mountains - just some neat areas with neat towns. When in Vegas take the time in the Winter to do the Grand Canyon Hilo ride at sunset - Neat. The Wine in Washington state is fun - as is the Wine in California and has been set up to be fun. Stop in the local places and talk to the People - most always they will share special places you might enjoy.

I could go on and on but it's your trip and I'm jelous - it will be a blast.

Be sure to report back as you go to let us know the places you discover and enjoy.

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OK - what I always try to do is understand the "Mission" leave in August (HOT Sticky) drive To the Pacific NorthWest (Cool - Rainy) will head to/through Cody Then I-90 to Oregon. see California, Coast and National Parks, head over to Vegas for Thanksgivings or Christmas? and then Back Home?

Am I close?

Couple of thoughts - that work for your trip - I'd come into Cody either from Red Lodge (Beartooth Hwy/Chief Joseph) or Shoshoni (Wind River Canyon).

Glacier NP id to Die for - Flathead Lake (Rich and Famous) Coeur d'Alene an surrounds - lakes mountains - From there to the Wine Trail in Washington State - this has it's rewards - into Portland - talk about a lot to do - then down the Coast of inland? in California (Son went to College there and got my fill) Beautiful just too crowded and regulated for me.

PCH is not to be missed - Redwoods to never forget - Redwood National Park - Lakes (Shasta - Tahoe) not much like them - Yosemite NP - Kings Canyon NP -
Dan Diego - then To Vegas? then Home - Be sure to Catch Canyon de Shelly and Sedona on the way back.

That's what I guess you have planned - Might need to stay till Spring?!!!

Couple of personal thoughts - you have missed the State of Colorado!! to catch the Aspen is a trip to Heaven - https://lynn.smugmug.com/Travel/Colo...pens/i-tsVRkXg

I will never again pass up the chance to spend the end of the month of September in the Colorado Mountains, if you clicked on the link you see why. I dislike the I's and three in particular I-40 - 80 - 90 and will avoid them at all cost. As you travel look up Ski Resorts in the mountains - just some neat areas with neat towns. When in Vegas take the time in the Winter to do the Grand Canyon Hilo ride at sunset - Neat. The Wine in Washington state is fun - as is the Wine in California and has been set up to be fun. Stop in the local places and talk to the People - most always they will share special places you might enjoy.

I could go on and on but it's your trip and I'm jelous - it will be a blast.

Be sure to report back as you go to let us know the places you discover and enjoy.

BOL,

You pretty much nailed our original intent.... and confirmed there are so many options.

I forget to add on my previous list the Grand Tetons. We visited there for a couple of days after our Yellowstone visit. We've driven over the Bear Tooth Highway from Red Lodge to Yellowstone. We also took a day trip from Buffalo, WY to Ten Sleep via highway 16 and it was a pretty drive. Related to Cody, what is the more scenic route into Cody....16 from Buffalo or drive from Casper up to Thermopolis and then over to Cody?

We may visit Glacier NP. DW really wants to see the big redwoods so that is the reason for the swing over to CA. In any case, we have to be back home in Virginia before Thanksgiving.

Our only trek to Colorado was to Estes Park to visit RMNP. From there we drove down to I70 and headed down to Moab, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon.

Another consideration since we have to be back by late November is the route we take once done in Las Vegas. We want to avoid any late fall winter weather so will have to decide I40 or further south (I10 or I20) for the trip back east.
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You pretty much nailed our original intent.... and confirmed there are so many options.

I forget to add on my previous list the Grand Tetons. We visited there for a couple of days after our Yellowstone visit. We've driven over the Bear Tooth Highway from Red Lodge to Yellowstone. We also took a day trip from Buffalo, WY to Ten Sleep via highway 16 and it was a pretty drive. Related to Cody, what is the more scenic route into Cody....16 from Buffalo or drive from Casper up to Thermopolis and then over to Cody?

We may visit Glacier NP. DW really wants to see the big redwoods so that is the reason for the swing over to CA. In any case, we have to be back home in Virginia before Thanksgiving.

Our only trek to Colorado was to Estes Park to visit RMNP. From there we drove down to I70 and headed down to Moab, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon.

Another consideration since we have to be back by late November is the route we take once done in Las Vegas. We want to avoid any late fall winter weather so will have to decide I40 or further south (I10 or I20) for the trip back east.
Here is my recommendation for a future trip to Colorado;

Might give you too much but will also give you some things to put into the plan.

Colorado, and the many options for a trip.


Let me start off by saying that IMHO Colorado offers as much Adventure and Beauty as any part of the country – add to that that is very close to the center of the US – Close to Yellowstone and Utah - and it’s exceptional weather make it a great destination vacation.


In my first dozen plus trips to Colorado I usually traveled to RMNP and Colorado Springs. Having spent most of my life either on the left coast or the right coast I actually only did the touristy drive through when going from one coast to the other. I never really was able to spend much time just being immersed in the culture or the people and land of the state. Having seen the Coors commercials I was under the impression that Golden was a town located deep in the Rockies – not just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered this. In the 90’s my son was invited to Vail for a July 4th sports tournament, so we visited every summer while he was in College, arriving in Vail from, Colorado Springs – Albuquerque – and Salt Lake – Denver – Giving me an opportunity to learn a little about the state and the many drives/areas it offers, this started to Open my eyes, exposing me to the many attractions and so much more about the state. Then when my son moved there in 2002 and I discovered that I had only scratched the surface and would spend the next 5 years learning more about the state.


With my truth in a very limited -knowledge, on the state of Colorado I will move forward with my personal suggestions for a week (Or month) or two in Colorado – a sort of 7-27 days to see the state. You need to Understand that I believe this is one of the last great Wild Places in the US, and is IMHO a National Park, once you hit the Foothills. You need to set aside twice the time you think if you really want to, enjoy, see, touch, Love this state the way it deserves. If you take the time, you will return again and again – Discovering that it has just so many surprises – all of which just continue to amaze me.

So let’s start at the obvious spot, Denver/ Golden – you could start with a tour of the Coors brewery catch dinner in the town and then have a great walk along Clear Creek, you will need a little planning to get a site in the CG (Clear Creek CG)as it has now been Discovered and is normally FULL. (an option is JeffCoFairgrounds). Because I have 4 Granddaughters in Colorado and this is the closest CG I am slightly biased as to how great it is. It is within walking distance of – restaurants/Main Street – Community Center – Library – Coors – Downtown Golden.

Peak to Peak drive is the next thing I would insist that you experience – for me I would base camp in Golden and make this drive a couple of times, or make the loop across Trail Ridge and Berthoud Pass – not a drive for the faint of heart (In the RV)as both offer switch backs and areas free from guard rails on some very impressive grades to get over and down from these Passes.(the reason for the base camp is to allow a couple of good drives. (Peak to Peak and Trail Ridge) Along with these drives are an unlimited number of areas to take great hikes – just do a quick search and you will not be disappointed, almost every jurisdiction will have dedicated Open Space areas with great trails /hikes.


Most people will start in Rocky Mountain NP – I am sure most are aware of the Pine Beetle Kill – it has decimated the beautiful green forest of RMNP – making it a very different trip from what it was just 5-6 years ago. Still it is RMNP and it does have some very impressive natural features and hikes to offer. IMHO Estes is (the east side of the park – where most visit) just not that attractive in the tourist season. (a personal Bias as I tend to go where and when the crowds are not) The Camp Grounds leave much to be desired and the town is much too crowded for my personal taste. With that said I love to visit and spend time on the other side of the park – WEST- at Grand Lake a smaller town with still a sort of quaint feel about it, much more family oriented and not nearly as crowded. The drive from one side of the park to the other over Trail Ridge is not to be missed – the many hiking areas away from the crowds are many and varied – from Longs Peaks- 14,000’+ to many of the hikes to lesser known peaks and lakes, more than enough to spend the entire trip on and only scratch the surface. ( if you were to drive over Trail Ridge you could make a quick run to The Steamboat area –Lakes –Town - State Parks – just lots to see and do in this area then just head down to Dillon and pick up there)


Leaving Golden I would head out Rt 6, driving along Clear Creek to Idaho Springs and the entrance onto I-70 going through the tunnel (actually a number of tunnels – 6?) and getting off on at Rt 91 and heading to Leadville, Highest incorporated Town in the US 10,000’and home of Quincy's Steak House for a Leadville dinner. Turquoise Lake, 4X4 trails, historic town, and base for a day trip over Independence Pass and a dash to Maroon Bells in Aspen. This trip is good anytime the pass is open but is truly spectacular in the last week of September when the Aspen turn GOLD. (this is taken in the Toad or TV as it is a restricted length road)


From Leadville down to Buena Vista – home of the Arkansas River Rafting adventures – great in the early summer with the snow melt. If you have missed the rafting at its peak, not to worry, as the trails and drives in the Collegiate Peaks are again very special, you can get all the way over to Crested Butte – a very neat little ski town – by 4X4 or gravel road. (Home of Bud Light commercials and Crystal Mill)


Just a note here – the beetle kill is starting to leave its mark in this part of the state – so my advice is to see it NOW, before it changes forever.

If you are into crossing National Parks off a list then the next destination would be Great Sand Dunes NP, this could be a Toad drive or a stop but unless you just love sand in your shoes you see most of it pretty quickly.


Now for some difficult decisions – Gunnison area – Lake City – Ouray – Silverton – Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP – Gunnison Lake – Fly Fishing Hikes and 4X4 trails that are hard to believe if you have the time all of the afore mentioned areas are special. Gunnison is the center geographically, and will allow you to resupply, Lake City – wild – beautiful – isolated – 4x4 trails – Ouray – must see – the Alps in Colorado – hot Springs – Hikes Drives – Silverton – the middle of the San Juan’s – many of the 4x4 trails will bring you here – just a great area – Black Canyon – Surprising! – must see – on and on as you travel in this area. Notice I have left out mesa Verde and Durango, so you certainly should/could include these, as both are interesting, just – for me again Durango is too Large/crowded – mesa Verde is IMHO more of a to be included in Utah, and can be seen in a later time of year when the rest of Colorado is immersed in Winter.


Lake City – Just a special little town that still has a western charm that is hard to match – 4X4 trails to die for – hikes – lakes – 14ers – fish – Creede and on and on – it is just located in something close to an unspoiled paradise. JMHO.


Ouray or Ridgeview SP – would be the logical base camp choice – central location – hot springs – CG – Near Silverton – more trails – Telluride just over the mountain – Hikes -- 4X4 trails just a great location and neat little town/area
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Silverton – in the middle of it all – if you are really into the back country this might just be for you – they have CG’s in town but you can easily Boondock in the NF – train – 4X4 trails – quaint – beautiful – but isolated.


Now if the weather is really cool you can always bounce over to Utah and warm up if it’s great and if you need more Colorado head up to Delta and Rt 133, catch Marble and Redstone before getting back on I-70 two interesting areas with neat little histories. If you did not get over to Maroon Bells catch it now – this is a great treat that I will never visit too often.


Now if you are headed west just follow the route into Moab – if you are headed back to Denver just take I-70 back – the over and under highway along the Colorado River just East of Glenwood Springs is considered one of the most beautiful parts on the Interstate Highway system and it will head through Vail and right back into Denver – If you can remember to get off at the exit (exit 243) just east of Idaho Springs you can take Rt 6 back to Rt 58 into the City.


The other Option, if you are headed South is to head down to Mesa Verde NP/Cortez by using Rt 145 or through Silverton Rt 550 to Durango and over (Note that 550 is a road that some love and other just think everyone should stay off -- I’ll drive it every time I have a chance but google it to see pictures)

The other popular option is to head to Utah – either from Grand Junction (Colorado Monument) or 141 or 90 over to Rt 191 – if you take I-70 try to remember to get off at exit 214 then follow Rt 128 into Moab –just a Special Drive.

Well that’ my welcome to Colorado Loop – just to drive it and only “see” most of it would take the week and just not be fair but if you really push, it can get you into the state so you return Often to Hike – Bike – Drive, many of the wild and Beautiful areas that are offered. Or you can take your time spending weeks in every location and still return to discover more adventures.

Hope this helps to get your interest up for Colorado.


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[QUOTE=smlranger;3110600] Related to Cody, what is the more scenic route into Cody....16 from Buffalo or drive from Casper up to Thermopolis and then over to Cody?

Either route is very good with a RV and both are fairly equal in terms of scenic. Just depends where you're coming from..don't go out of your way for either

We may visit Glacier NP. DW really wants to see the big redwoods so that is the reason for the swing over to CA.

Glacier is well worth a stop and then take Hwy 20 across into Washington. It's beautiful. For a real treat you could head for Anacortes where you can drive to Coupeville, WA and pick up a fast ferry to Port Townsend which is an awesome area to explore. Take a day trip up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park. You can then continue on 101 around the Olympic Peninsula and 101 down along the Oregon coast into California. We enjoyed the area of the big trees by staying at Ancient Redwoods RV near Redcrest, CA. There are some wonderful hiking trails of all abilities among the giant trees nearby. If you have time stay at Napa Valley Expo and explore the area. If you haven't been to San Francisco drive your towed vehicle to the Larkspur Ferry Landing on the north side of the bay and take the ferry across along Alcatraz. Pre-arrange a small van tour at the ferry landing for a awesome full day tour including crossing the Golden Gate and lunch in Sausalito. Even our daughter who lives there enjoyed the tour.

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Take I-80 to Reno and then pick up Hwy 95 in Nevada into Las Vegas. If you have time, check out Death Valley Nat'l Park.


Another consideration since we have to be back by late November is the route we take once done in Las Vegas. We want to avoid any late fall winter weather so will have to decide I40 or further south (I10 or I20) for the trip back east.[

In November there won't be any issue with I-40, I-20 or I-10 Sounds like a wonderful trip you have ahead of you./QUOTE]
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