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Old 06-08-2014, 06:10 AM   #1
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Vermont to badlands through canada

Im thinking of going out to badlands np in september in my class c. Anyone have comments or suggestions? First hand knowledge would be appreciated. Id be leaving from burlington vt.

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Old 06-08-2014, 06:24 AM   #2
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Which Badlands? ND? SD?

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A word of caution. When we travelled route 17 from Montreal to Sault St. Marie, the roads were very rough. Also, there s a toll road (407) in Ontario that requires a transponder. If you travel that road without a transponder, there are big fees charged.

If you do go through Canada make sure to leave the US with a full tank of fuel, as fuel prices are considerably higher in Canada. We love Canada but even though it takes more miles it may be better to go through the US unless there is something specifc that you want to see in Canada.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:58 AM   #5
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We took Hwy17 from Sault Ste. Marie to Ottawa a few years back. Don't remember road conditions but it was a nice route.

In Sault Ste. Marie, stop at Aune Osborne CG and watch the ships go through the locks and then go past the CG.
Then take Hwy 28 west to Munising and stay at the Munising Tourist Park on the shores of Lake Superior. Take a boat ride to see Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Follow Hwy 28 towards Marquette. Stop at Lakenenland Sculpture Park about 15 miles before you get to Marquette. Junkyard Art that is really cool.

Past Marquette is Lake Michigamme. Nice RV park there (Michigamme Shores RV Park) or Van Riper State Park.

Hwy28 will take you all the way through the U.P. and joins up with Hwy 2 in the town of Wakefield. There is Sunday Lake CG in Wakefield.

Follow Hwy 2 through Northern Wisconsin to the town of Duluth,MN. At this point you will either have to follow Hwy 2 and head North a little or use the Interstate to go through Minneapolis. My choice would be to head south on I35 to Hwy 23 and go through St. Cloud, Willmar, and Marshall to Hwy 14 and go west from there.
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Recommend crossing into Ontario from Northern NY at Alexandria Bay or Niagra Falls and taking highway 401 into Port Huron and crossing all of MI on I 94 to avoid congestion, trucks and tolls on I 90. Recommend stays at Presquile Provincial Park in Ontario between Kingston and Toronto on Lake Ontario, Four Mile Creek state park just north of Niagra Falls on Lake Ontario, Lakeport state park in MI on Lake Huron just north of Port Huron, Indiana Dunes state park on Lake MI just north of Gary IN and Amana Colonies in IA for some overnight stops. After Badlands, Custer State Park in SD near Mt. Rushmore is a must 3-5 day stop. Lots to see there. I would avoid the norther Trans Canada (17) highway in Canada at all costs. It is long and in very rough shape. Not fun to travel on.

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You will need passports if you travel through Canada.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:10 AM   #8
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Also remember that they limit your alchohol into Canada and pretty much no meats or veggies can come out of Canada to US even if purchased in the US. So eat up before coming back into US.
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I am on Trans Canada 17, there are a few rattlers along the way, but not to many to avoid traveling that way. Its the long weekend but very little traffic. There is a lot of road and lots of nothing between here and there.
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Tjanks, every one, for all the helpful advice!

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