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Old 01-05-2009, 07:07 PM   #1
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I am looking to take a trip to Yellowstone from St. Louis MO from July 3 - July 19. I am looking for suggest route and sites to see. It will be myself a 17, 5 and my daughters 18 year old friend. I am planning on making a reservation at Grizzly RV Park this week and looking for suggestions on this as well. This will be only my second time taking out the toad and this will be my longest trip so I am open to all advice.
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I am looking to take a trip to Yellowstone from St. Louis MO from July 3 - July 19. I am looking for suggest route and sites to see. It will be myself a 17, 5 and my daughters 18 year old friend. I am planning on making a reservation at Grizzly RV Park this week and looking for suggestions on this as well. This will be only my second time taking out the toad and this will be my longest trip so I am open to all advice.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:37 AM   #3
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Are you asking for info re: no side trip sightseeing on the way here? If so I recommend

I-70 to KC
N on I-29 to Omaha
I-80 to Rawlins, WY
Hwy 287 to Hwy 26 to Moran Jct
Hwy 191 to Grizzly.

As to sights on the way, get on I'net and request info from the various states. We have summered for 5 years in the WY/MT area and consider we have seen ....oh... 5% of the beauty.

Between Stl and YNP there are thousands of places to enjoy. You can easily spend a day in Minden, NE and the Pioneer Museum.

1383 Miles and you should be able to do it in 4-5 leisurely days.

Be sure to see the Tetons. Every bit as pretty as YNP (if you like snow capped mountains).

Have fun and enjoy.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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Thanks Hamguy that was great. Yes I am trying to do some sightseeing on the way as well. I want to make sure that 2 weeks are reasonable amount of time.

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Grizzly RV Park is an exceptional facility with very pleasant hosts. Personally, I would avoid routes through the Big Horn Mountains unless you have lots of experience on steep mountain grades with narrow lanes. The Tetons are awesome but western Montana is much prettier
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Carla ...

Just a couple of notes.

There is a great museum "over I-80" at Kearney, NE ... it has panoramas depicting the area from when the bison roamed until the "Lincoln Highway" ... adults and kids like it

There is an RV park at Pioneer Village ... they used to include free admission to the museum with the camp fees ... Pioneer Village is the brain child of a man, Harold Warp, he "saved" lots of original building and moved them to one site ... it is a living museum ... you will see lots of thing ... for instance how they made lye ... and then used the lye and tallow to make soap ...

Be prepared for stronger winds as you go across western Nebraska and Wyoming ...

If you want to "go" a different way than you "come back" (one of my goals) ... you could follow US-26 which rejoins I-80 at Ogallala, NE.

There is a fantastic museum in Cody, WY ... but you will have steep climb (5% - 7% for 6 miles) into (or descent out of) Yellowstone Park ... I think the Cody Museum is equal to the Metropolitin Museum of Art (New York) and the British Museum (London)

Enjoy ... be prepared to be awed by the wildlife, geysers, waterfalls, and lakes. The last time we were there we saw moose, bears, bison, deer, and lots of little varmits ....
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I must "second" SkiGramp's advice to stop at The Great Platte River Road Archway at Kearney, NE. It will take two hours, or less, of your time but will give you an excellent overview of the westward expansion by the wagontrain pioneers up to the I-80 travellers like yourselves. If it fits your timeframe they welcome RVers to stay overnight in their large parking area.

And, yes, while you are so close do go to Grand Teton NP.
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Carla,

I just went to Ystone last summer with 3 teenage boys. We stayed at Fishing Bridge right in the park after spending a few days in the Tetons. My 17-year-old (standing behind me)recommends whitewater rafting on the Snake River and the hike up to the top of Mt. Washburn.

On the way out we stopped in Thermopolis to swim in the hot springs.

If you do a Search of the forums, there are some other great posts discussing the pros and cons of each route into Ystone.

Good luck!
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