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Old 11-30-2016, 07:36 AM   #1
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US Route 2

anyone out there ever traveled us route 2 from the upper penn of michigan to everett washington?...............looks like it would be a nice trip
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Old 11-30-2016, 07:46 AM   #2
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We have travelled much of it over the years--opinions vary [smile]. Mich, Wis and Minn are nice. ND and eastern Mt not so much--God bless. Western Mt, Id and most of Wash is great. Hi-way has a lot of multi-lane and is in pretty good shape--most of it anyway.....
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We have only travelled the eastern end; Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota. That part is very interesting. The road is mostly in pretty good shape. I presume that you are talking in the summer, lots of snow in the winter.
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Old 11-30-2016, 08:24 AM   #4
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yes, in the summer.........i figured a lot of it might be a bit boring (flat, straight, etc)......but going out west from ohio, it is gonna be a little boring with kansas (most direct route - i 70)............now all i have to do is talk the dear wife into the trip.........hahaha
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Done it twice. Its all about what you are expecting. The areas are somewhat desolate as there are no hug cities. A quiet drive as its mostly two lane or divided highways. CG's are few and far between in certain stretches. Besides, where else would you find the Geographical Center of North America? Yes I would do it again.

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We took it from St. Ignace Mi. to Montana last Summer. I thought the road was good all the way. It's four lane from just West of Duluth Minnesota to the Montana state line. Better than the interstate.

We stayed in cg in St. Ignace mi, Crystal Falls mi, Duluth, Minnesota, Devils Lake, ND and Williston ND.
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. Besides, where else would you find the Geographical Center of North America?
Yes it does exist.
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We have been from St. Ignace to 100 miles west of Spokane, major portions of it many times (Hwy 2 runs through my home town west of Duluth). Of course, I'm sure we all love the lakes/woods and mountain areas best, I still enjoy travelling across the northern prairie. No bad mountain grades on the portions I've been on, either. It's four lane from Cass Lake, MN to the Montana border. A couple of notable side trips would be to run up the north shore of Lake Superior as far as you want on Hwy 61. Also you have to spend some time in Glacier National Park.

The trip I want to make is to stay on Hwy 200 from west of Floodwood, MN through Idaho. Would be a bit more laid back of a trip than even Hwy 2. Maybe this summer. . .
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This past September, we followed it until we started getting reports of the weather closing in as we approached Glacier. Rather than mess with that we diverted south at that point. Pulled into West Yellowstone with huge wet flakes of snow starting to jam up the windshield wipers and reports of roads being closed at the upper elevations.

I thought the route much more interesting than the x-ways, even though it does limit your progress to a certain extent. Point being, might not be the best route if you need to maintain a tight schedule. Given plenty of time, it would be my route of choice.
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We did it the opposite way, from Everett to St Ignace, a couple of years ago in September. We had our 35' Georgetown with our PT Cruiser on a dolly. It's a good highway and very scenic. We had good weather that time of year although there was snow in Glacier.

We used "Road Trip USA" as a primary resource for finding interesting places to visit.

We had a great time. One significant observation on my part was that vitally ALL of the land along the highway was productive, forest, farm or business. There was not the desert areas that I've come to expect traveling the interstate.

Have a great trip and let us know when you reach Everett.
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The Hiway in Idaho and Montana goes up and down like yo yo. Nice and scenic in those areas.
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We've done it with our 40' motorhome and it's a very pleasant drive. We like secondary roads better than interstates. You see more of the countryside.

Plan to stop near Glasgow, Montana at Fort Peck Corp of Engineer park. The sites are huge with lawns. It's a beautiful spot.

When you continue west you'll soon see why Montana is called Big Sky Country.
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