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Old 08-23-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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2 options for Yellowstone Trip

Need some advice from experienced RV ers

We are planning a trip out west next summer starting in Atlanta and making our way to Yellowstone.
The only date constraint is August 16 when we need to be at the Greenbriar WV for a golf tournament
My options are as follows

Leave Atlanta July 21st ( can't leave any sooner as I have a fishing trip in Canada planned) make our way out west and get back to Greenbriar by Aug 16th
Or
Leave Atlanta August 14th travel to Greenbriar for golf Tournament and then head out west with no specific date to be back

What do ya think??
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:22 PM   #2
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Need some advice from experienced RV ers

We are planning a trip out west next summer starting in Atlanta and making our way to Yellowstone.
The only date constraint is August 16 when we need to be at the Greenbriar WV for a golf tournament
My options are as follows

Leave Atlanta July 21st ( can't leave any sooner as I have a fishing trip in Canada planned) make our way out west and get back to Greenbriar by Aug 16th
Or
Leave Atlanta August 14th travel to Greenbriar for golf Tournament and then head out west with no specific date to be back

What do ya think??
Considering the distance, I think option 2 is better. Do the golf tournament first and then take the trip out west. No rushing and you'd enjoy the trip a lot more.
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:47 PM   #3
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It gets cold in Yellowstone by the end of August. Have friends there now in low 30's in the morning😠
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:59 PM   #4
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Need some advice from experienced RV ers

We are planning a trip out west next summer starting in Atlanta and making our way to Yellowstone.
The only date constraint is August 16 when we need to be at the Greenbriar WV for a golf tournament
My options are as follows

Leave Atlanta July 21st ( can't leave any sooner as I have a fishing trip in Canada planned) make our way out west and get back to Greenbriar by Aug 16th
Or
Leave Atlanta August 14th travel to Greenbriar for golf Tournament and then head out west with no specific date to be back

What do ya think??
Option 2. Might be a little cool, but you'll see many more of the animals and fall colors.
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:44 PM   #5
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We are at West Yellowstone now coldest we have had this am was 25f, warmed up to mid 70. Most mornings in the thirties warming up quickly. We will be here until next weekend. Lots of beauty and animals. Sitting outside this Sunday after church soaking in the sun.
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Need some advice from experienced RV ers

We are planning a trip out west next summer starting in Atlanta and making our way to Yellowstone.
The only date constraint is August 16 when we need to be at the Greenbriar WV for a golf tournament
My options are as follows

Leave Atlanta July 21st ( can't leave any sooner as I have a fishing trip in Canada planned) make our way out west and get back to Greenbriar by Aug 16th
Or
Leave Atlanta August 14th travel to Greenbriar for golf Tournament and then head out west with no specific date to be back

What do ya think??
Definitely #2. We hit Yellowstone in late August - about 1 year ago now. Nice weather - a little chilly in the evenings and morning, but comfortable during the day.

Lots of animal activity in cooler weather.

Fewer crowds this time of year.

All kinds of sales going on in town.

ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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we were in Yellowstone last Sept 22-29 and it was great. The only issue was they started doing road repairs as it was getting late in the season. If you don't run into that issue you should be fine.
We were in Texas by the first of Oct and there was snow in Yellowstone that week. But you should be fine in late Aug early September.Enjoy the golf so you won't have to rush!!
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Option 2. Head north first and return the southern route taking in SW Colorado, the southern Utah national parks and Grand Canyon, AZ.
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We are planning a similar trip from North Carolina next June when the kids get out of school. As we get closer lets compare notes. We are in the planning stages right now looking for advise where and what to see.
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Option 2 is best but stay away from sturges, sd from about august `1st thru 15th. Big yearly motorcycle rally then. 500,000 +bikers.
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We just returned from Yellowstone in late July. From Casper to Cody is a nice trip and you miss the Big Horn. The drive to yellewstone from Cody is great. Cody has the buffalo Bill Museum. and some really nice rv camps. If you have never been to the black hills, there is lots to see there. Camp there and take day trips to Badlands and Devils tower. If you want to see Buffalo up close, drive thru Custer State park. Drive the needles highway and iron mountain road while you are there. No RV on those roads.
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Dave,

I'm sure you see the trend here. Another vote for option 2. That gives you plenty of time to go to some of the other wonderful places nearby. We were there in mid-September a few years ago and the weather was gorgeous. Animals everywhere. Leaves just beginning to change. Safe travels and enjoy.
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Try to go later when school is out. We had snow Sept.15 in YNP last yr. Loved So.Dakota Badlands NP., Custer SP,Rushmore. Most folks advise southern route Hill City- Thermopolis- Cody to avoid bad mountains to the north. Cody -good stop lots to see. Need a toad if you have a MH.
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