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Old 07-21-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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Herndon, VA to Yellowstone NP

Hi all first time posting and new to RV ing. I am planning trip with my family to Yellowstone NP leaving Herndon VA on Prism. We are not towing anything. I am looking for route suggestions. Due to kids school we can only squees in 3 weeks. Leaving 8-6 must return home 8-27-2016. We will try to avoid tolls much as possible. I have to be in Yellowstone by 8-11-2016. Thank you in advance

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I hope you have lots fun. Where you staying? Be ready for long traffic lines and lots people. We were there first two weeks June. Crowded.

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Old 07-21-2016, 04:32 PM   #3
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We just did a portion of your trip a few weeks ago. Here is how we went:

80 across south Dakota taking scenic loop through the badlands national park. The badlands are awesome... Custer state park is fun... mount Rushmore is cool.

From there we visited devil's tower and headed toward buffalo wyoming. From buffalo we went north and took 14 to the top of the Bighorn mountains. We have taken both 14 and 14a down the western side. 14 is fairly laid back... stop at the shell falls visitor center and see the waterfall... it's worth your time. 14a is intense. Very steep, lots of switchbacks... but so worth the drive if you're confident in the mountains.

The time we came down 14 we headed straight across northern wyoming through Cody and into the east entrance of Yellowstone. It's a very nice and scenic drive. This last trip, we came down 14a and then headed up to red lodge montana where we caught beartooth pass over the mountains and into the northeast entrance to Yellowstone. Beartooth is nothing shy of amazing. The east side going up is crazy fun. No other mountain pass that I've been on has given me a better sense of just how high you are. At the top, you're just shy of 11,000 feet... with glacier lakes below you and mountain tops as far as the eye can see. The trip down on the west side provides more lakes and streams with a much more gradual descent.

We stayed at colter bay village rv park in Teton national park. The campground is right on Jackson lake, with the tetons right on the other side. Beautiful.

Let me know if you have any questions.... I'd be glad to try and answer them if I can.

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Old 07-21-2016, 05:10 PM   #4
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Hi all first time posting and new to RV ing. I am planning trip with my family to Yellowstone NP leaving Herndon VA on Prism. We are not towing anything. I am looking for route suggestions. Due to kids school we can only squees in 3 weeks. Leaving 8-6 must return home 8-27-2016. We will try to avoid tolls much as possible. I have to be in Yellowstone by 8-11-2016. Thank you in advance
If you leave right after work on Friday (Changed to Tuesday the 5th) and drive the first 6-8 hours just on the excitement it will pay off big at the end of the trip. That way your three weeks will count out as 23-24 days. So following my advice you will roll into the Wal*Mart on the East side of Columbus about Midnight (about 375 miles) I suggest Morgantown as a waypoint so noone gets car sick in PA. Yes RV'ers do stay at Wal*Mart and they have security and Cameras so they are as safe as possible and they are well light so you do not damage the coach in the middle of the night.

My Bad, just looked on the calendar and you are leaving MID-WEEK??? Kills the extra weekend of a three week vacation but still we can Manage.(Leave on Tuesday Night to gain some time) Next stop is Hannibal (Wednesday the 6th), Missouri. Find a CG and get in early to let the Kids Unwind a little, something with a Pool and let them read about Tom and Huck on the way there. Everyone relax and enjoy the day as tomorrow is another long day to get you to the destination.

Staying on Rt 36 getting you to Colby,KS (Thursday the 7th) just need a place to park as tomorrow you will be in Colorado.

Are you still with ME?????????????

If so, we have a few days to explore before we need to be in Yellowstone.

August 8th - to Buena Vista, CO K's Dinner - Arkansas River - Collegiate Mountains - Twin Lakes -and Independence Pass (You are legal to drive it all the way to Marron Bells and Aspen) Aug 9th - Then from there to Vernal Utah and Dino National Monument. Kids will love it and we are just outside Yellowstone. Alpine on the 10th and on through Tetons into YNP.

If this is close we can work on the details but atleast you can see what is Possible.



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