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Old 10-30-2007, 08:41 AM   #1
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Planning our summer trip across the country. We are new to the rv world. Since we cannot possibly see it all, I was looking for some opinions on which is the most scenic state to visit. We have heard from more than a few that really enjoyed South Dakota.We will start in central CA. End in MO.
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Planning our summer trip across the country. We are new to the rv world. Since we cannot possibly see it all, I was looking for some opinions on which is the most scenic state to visit. We have heard from more than a few that really enjoyed South Dakota.We will start in central CA. End in MO.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:39 PM   #3
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Hi Rick,
Before I reply, can you tell us:
1. How long you have for the trip?
2. Is this a once a year or several times a year trip?
3. What are your top likes and dislikes for this trip?
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:22 PM   #4
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Hi Gary,
We only have about eight to ten weeks before I will have to go back to work. Also, our kids will return to school.
This is a once a year trip. If we like the midwest, we may not return to California as the housing prices are extreem. We just sold our house after fourteen years and plan to RV full time for the next 2-3 years.
We love fishing,Back packing, sight seeing.
Our dislikes arever crowded campsites.Expensive campsites.I would like to boondock as much as possible,although I'm not sure how that will go with a rig this size.I'm
learning as I go.
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Details of the areas I mention can be found on the Internet. Consider this:
1. From where ever you are in California, go to Las Vegas first.
2. Grand Canyon
3. North To Zion, Bryce Canyon and Canyonland.
4. Southeast to the 4 corners.
5. East to Mesa Verde.
6. East to the Great Sand Dunes.
7. I25 North to Pueblo.
8. In the Pueblo area there is the Royal Gorge Bridge and Pikes Peak.
9. North To Rocky Mountain National Park.
10. Southeast to Doge City, Kansas
11. East To Carthage, Mo. (to see the Precious Moments property. It may not be open much longer, don't miss it).
12. East and then South to Branson. All the shows are "G" rated.
This leaves you in Southwest Mo.

If you have any specific questions, always post here. Safe travels.
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Gary missed a couple of great stops IMO.
After Mesa Verde, stop in Durango and take the train up and back to Silverton.

After Rocky Mountain National Park, head north to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Plan on several days in Yellowstone. Then time permitting continue north to the Glacier National Park and the "Going to the sun" road. You will not be able to take your RV on the road, but you can take your towed or better yet the Red bus tours.

After the above stops or after Rocky Mountain, don't miss Mount Rushmore, Crazy horse, Custer state park and the Bad Lands. For fun stop in the tourist trap called "Wall Drug" and get some of the free ice water. Don't miss the back building, the kids will love it. All of them are near Rapid City, SD.
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Tom mentions some great places to see. If you do go to the more Northern states, let me know. There is enough to do in each state to keep you busy for your the entire time you have. The best advice I can provide is to consider the activities you like to do, plan so there is time to see what you want to see, before moving on. For the time mentioned, consider making this trip an "or" trip. Do the Southern or the Northern states. No matter which you choose, there is so much to see, you'll be returning again and again to continue the adventure.

Internet is a great tool to determinine which activities would be most enjoyed by your family.
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Thanks for your time and travel expertice. Your tips will help narrow it down so we don't have to rush.
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