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Old 06-25-2011, 05:12 PM   #1
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We are going to be returning to Rochester from Greeley the second week in Sept. We have one week to travel the distance. I am looking for information about "Can't miss" places. We are probably looking to generally follow Rt 80. Don't really want to go as far north as Bismark before heading East. I have about 7 days so can spend some time looking but have to keep moving, more or less.

I know many of you have covered this part of the country and know what should not be missed.

We have a 38' DP,and it will be DW, 7-9 dogs (small ones, we are coming back from the National Specialty show in Greeley) and myself. We will have a toad to do a little side tripping to get to some places the motor home should not go.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Dan and Kathryn DeBruin plus dogs
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Old 06-25-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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I've done the I-80 route 3 times in the last year (will do it again in a few weeks...) and it is slim pickins for 'dont miss' sites.

- Cabelas stores in NE
- stop for a 'butter burger' at Culvers
- John Wayne birthplace in Iowa

If you take the I-70 route, you can stop in St. Louis and go to a Cardinals game and take a ride up in the Gateway Arch.

Tom and Katharine
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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In western Nebraska (slightly off your route) is Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock ... if you go then take US 26 back to I-80 you will go through Ash Hollow ... the site on the Oregon trail where they lowered wagons over the bluff with ropes ... you can walk to the site ... your golden age pass will get you into the national monuments

Near Keaney, NE there is the museum over I-80 that is a worthwile stopping spot ... you can learn about the changes to the Platte River valley from the time of the Native Americans to now ... great 2 or 3 hour stop ... you can dry camp in their parking lot

There are two great Nebraska Recreation area campgrounds with 30 / 50 amp electrical sites ... Windmill (at Gibbon) and Mormon Island (Grand Island / Hastings interchange) ... I have stayed at both

There is a nice zoo in Omaha ...

The covered bridges of Madison County are south and west of Des Moines if you have read the book or seen the movie you might be interested in that

If you like German food I suggest that you exit I-80 on US-151 (east of Des Moines about 1.5 hours) and go about 8 miles north to the Amana Colonies ... there are some good restaurants there ... they have an RV park

The Herber Hoover Presidential Library is in West Branch, IA ... you can learn how he organized food aid for starving folks around the world ... the organization has grown into UNICEF ... they have parking for RVs there ...

If you have HWH jacks their factory is at the Moscow, IA exit ... in case you need any tuning up of your jacks ...

I hope this is helpful
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