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Old 11-10-2016, 12:47 PM   #1
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Summer Trip Ideas

My husband is retiring from the Marine Corps this spring. We have a new Super-C that we want to take on a trip. I am a teacher so I will be off. We are thinking a month long. I know we want to see yellowstone. We lived in Virginia for a while so we were thinking of out west. We have seen the Grand Canyon already. Other ideas?
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Get a passport and go see the coastlines of Prince Edward Island.. they have the best sunsets at North Cape..
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While you're seeing Yellowstone, Don't miss taking hwy. 212 (Beartooth Highway) from the north east park entrance, through Silver Gate and Cooke City, to Red Lodge Mt. Peaking at just under 11.000', this is one on the most spectacular drives in the country. You will hear scary stories about it, but hundreds of RVs cross it every day. I routinely tow my 5th wheel over with no problem at all.

Just over the boarder, in South Dakota, Black Hills National Forest and adjacent Custer State Park are well worth a few days. Mt. Rushmore might be worth seeing once, but we usually just drive by.

Many (perhaps, even most) people who go that way make the mistake of driving right past Badlands National park. It is one of our favorites. The scenery is weirdly spectacular

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The first thing to do is get used to a new time reference. It's roughly 2000 miles from NOLA so take a week to wander up to Yellowstone, probably have reservations there for several days or a week. Check out the Tetons, Craters of the Moon, Cody, Rushmore, some of the pretty drives in your towed, and anything else you think of. Meander back home by a different route. That should easily kill a month to 6 weeks if you stop to enjoy things. ;-)
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Congrats on the retirement and thanks for the service. Military retirees have a lot of good famcamps they can use. If you do Yellowstone and Grand Tetons you could come back through the Custer Park and the Black Hills. Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City has a good Famcamp and is on the way to WAll Drug and the Badlands. Enjoy your trip!
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Great Ideas!

I love all the ideas!

We have a bunch of Local shakedown trips and some to my family in Florida to get used to the coach. We will have an F-150 behind us for exploring! Do you all make reservations or just show up on a trip like this?
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Really need to make reservations in the national parks as soon as you can. they really fill up fast especially in Yellowstone. Also we like to have reservations for Fri & Sat nights as they are the most popular. Otherwise you can generally get a site if you get in reasonally and we call ahead to find out if something is availble. Avoid early Aug for the Black Hills area because it will be full of becaue of the Sturgis Bike Rally, complete gridlock on the whole area these days.
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As you're traveling for one-night stays just to sleep you won't have a problem without reservations, especially if you quite driving before 4pm. Start your day early and plan for a little relaxation at the end of it.

Not all campsites in the national park are even reservable. Grand Teton Nat'l Park has two such campgrounds with 300 sites each. We've never seen them full. Of course, if you need full hookups then make reservations. RVs are self-contained so we don't need hookups.

Each national park has a great web site with lots of good information on campgrounds - reservable and non-reservable, season opening times, road issues, alerts and what to do. Check them out.

With our 40' motorhome we rarely made reservations. That's not how we like to travel. Of course, if you have time constraints then you'll have to make them. We've never had a problem getting into a place that we wanted to stay. Do your research beforehand.
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Congratulation on your husbands retirement.
On your way to or from take the northern route. If on return. Traveling threw Michigan's Upper peninsula. Then south across Mackinaw Bridge and Mackinaw Island. From there you can tour East or West Coast of Lower Michigan. So much to see and do in Michigan. Some of out best Super C trips have been in our home state.
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Yes, go west!
So much to see, be sure to go to Monument Valley beautiful.
You could spend that much time in one state and still miss things.
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If you make it to Mt. Rushmore, be sure to also visit Chief Crazy Horse Monument on the way. It's only 20 miles distance between the two.
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FWIW I don't think I'd try the UP and Yellowstone in a month from Louisiana. OTOH it would be a great trip another year. You can easily spend a month around the Great Lakes.
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