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Old 12-27-2020, 09:35 PM   #1
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Driving Fleetwood Discovery 38W with Hyundai toad from Delaware To Rapid City in beginning of June Making first trip across country looking for a best route
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Old 12-27-2020, 10:28 PM   #2
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Avoid 80/90 through north Indiana and the Chicago area. Super expensive tolls. Take I-70 across Ohio and Indiana then I-74 to the Quad Cities IA/IL. Take 80 across Iowa and cut up I-380 to Mason City then I-35 north to I-90, or I-80 all the way across Iowa then I-29 north to I=90.
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Old 12-27-2020, 10:29 PM   #3
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best is subjective but if i'm you..

I-70/76/90/80/39/90 to Rapid. I-80 from NW Indiana west to I-39 will avoid the heaviest Chicago traffic but there will be a single toll. I-39 north to where it meets I-90 at Rockford and then I-90 west to Rapid. between Delaware and I-80 is your choice...not real familiar with that area. lots to see on I-90 between Minnesota and Rapid.
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Old 12-27-2020, 11:24 PM   #4
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Plug beginning and ending into Google Maps and see what they have to say. From there you can change the route if you want.
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Old 12-28-2020, 09:36 AM   #5
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Have done it twice and concur with scubadubba route. Iím in south jersey so when going west I use 95 then 695 around bro to Towson,md and pick up 70. Or if you donít want del/md tolls use 40 until you pick up the beltway to Towson and int 70. Use that to avoid pa tpk tolls which have gotten outrageous. We will be heading that same direction middle of June to head up to Yukon, bannf.
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One issue I know of is in Columbus, Ohio. They are redoing the I-70 & 71 split area in downtown. Major rebuild, so you mat want to take 270 NORTH around Columbus then pick up I-70 on the west side. Do NOT go south as they are working on the I-71 & 270 interchange there creating headaches there. It will add 20-30 minutes on you but you will not be in the major construction area. Check to see if it is still going on when you leave. If I remember it was to be a 7 year project and they were still at it the last time we were in Columbus, November 1st, 2020.
Like any large city, do not hit Columbus during rush hour, try between 10am & 2pm.
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Be sure to stop at Wall Drug in Wall, SD. If you have the time take the scenic route through the Black Hills Badlands.. There is an entrance fee but it is well worth it if you haven't been through it before.
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Be sure to stop at Wall Drug in Wall, SD. If you have the time take the scenic route through the Black Hills Badlands.. There is an entrance fee but it is well worth it if you haven't been through it before.
the Badlands loop road is state route 240 which should be exit 131 off I-90. the loop road will take you to the main visitor center and ultimately back to I-90 and Wall Drug. there are full service RV parks in and near Wall, a no hookup campground and a boondock are in the national park. get an ice cream cone or milkshake at Wall Drug and be sure to find and experience the hallway with tons of old west historical photographs.
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Certainly agree with taking in the historical photographs. Vert interesting. Can easily spend a couple of hours doing that.

The rest of Wall Drug is worth a visit if you have never been there. Hard to imagine a second visit however. There is an adequate RV park just North of Wall Drug. Forget the name. Very easy walk to everything in town. I would imaging it might be dusty in the hotter months but spring and fall is damper so no issues then.
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Thumbs up First time going across country

Thank all of you for the information you have given I will put it to good use
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Donít know about your neck of the woods. But I70 west to I74 looks good to me.

Then pick up I39 north to I90. Pay the one EZPass toll at Rockford, IL.

From that toll, west on I90 has lots of things & places to see all the way to Rapid City.

A few that come to mind before Wall Drugs are; The Corn Palace, Spam Museum & Wisconsin Dells.
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