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Old 04-01-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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Looking to take my first cross country trip and am a little anxious of the mountain regions. Driving a Dodge Ram 2500 diesel pulling a 30' TT. Going up hill doesn't bother me as much as coming down.

Will be driving north from Florida to Sioux Falls, SD then west hitting all the neat places until Yellowstone National Park then head toward Reno, NV.

Would appreciate suggestions on best route (will be in Sioux Falls sometime in first 2 weeks of June). Or maybe, better yet, suggestions on roads to stay away from.

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Edited 'cause I forget to ask: Any scenic campgrounds recommendations on this route????
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I assume you will be taking I-90 west from Sioux Falls into Wyoming ... with stops to see the badlands, Wall Drug, and the Black Hills.

I suggest you cross the Big Horn mountains on US 16 {Do not use US 14A} and enter Yellowstne National Park through the east gate.

The badlands are a place that you should drive through. If you want to see some fantastic photos of the pioneer days of South Dakota go to the back of the Wall Drug complex (by the dynasoar) and of course get your free cup of ice water. You should attend the night lighting of Mount Rushmore (as well as seeing it in the daylight) ... the needles highway, the pigtail bridge, the bison (ask where they are and drive right out into the middle of the herd, roll down your windows and listen ...

The Cody museum in Cody is fantastic .... it is really 4 museums in one, guns, western art, Buffalo Bill cody, and native american ... don't miss this ...

Make sure that you walk through the Inn at Old faithful in Yellowstone ... it is a marvelous structure ... it is very impressive. Yellowstone Falls is pretty spectacular ...
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Thanks for the suggestions and we think along the same lines of "attractions". Yes, my route does take I-90 and I will change from 14A to US 16 following your advice.

Any ideas when heading south to Reno, NV?

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I assume you will be taking I-90 west from Sioux Falls into Wyoming ... with stops to see the badlands, Wall Drug, and the Black Hills.

I suggest you cross the Big Horn mountains on US 16 {Do not use US 14A} and enter Yellowstne National Park through the east gate.
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Any ideas when heading south to Reno, NV?

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I have never travelled between Yellowstone and Reno ... others will have to give you advice

There is a book "Mountain Directory West for Truckers, RV, and Motorhome Drivers" that I suggest you buy. It is available from Amazon or the publishers at 1-785-594-4054. I did not buy one soon enough ... that is another story.
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Looked up the book you suggested and it has a copyright of 2006 (the one I found). Do you know if there is an updated version I'm missing?

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Looked up the book you suggested and it has a copyright of 2006 (the one I found). Do you know if there is an updated version I'm missing?

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The 2006 edition is the latest I know of - what I have - and what rvbookstore.com is selling today for $26.90 for both books - east and west.

These books will tell you grade - turnouts - switchbacks and generally everything you need to know about sections of mountain road to be aware of, which by their nature have changed very little in many years. if you use them, you will be glad you did. If not, hold on to your hat.
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Looked up the book you suggested and it has a copyright of 2006 (the one I found). Do you know if there is an updated version I'm missing?

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It takes a little more than 7 years for mountains to change. I taught geology! it is a great book, only wish it was offered in more choices of ebook formats. For highway profiles, you can also use Google Earth.

YodaRules if you plan to go to Crazy Horse, Wind Cave, or Cody, you could go west on US 18 to I-29, Casper, US 26 to Boysen SP, then N on US 20 to Thermopolis (hot springs!) then WY 120 to Cody and Yellowstone. Best route out of YNP is US 20 at West Yellowstone, MT to Idaho Falls. If you do decide to Teton NP and Jackson(worth it!) , go south on US 89/26 to Hoback, and to Idaho Falls, YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO ON WY 22 and Teton Pass! It has up to 10% grades and is very dangerous.
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